3 Things to Learn From Beekeeping Courses
Article by Martin Broad
Managing a productive beehive can feel like a full-time occupation. There are many different facets to the beekeeping world and an expert beekeeper must be well educated in all of them to ensure his bees thrive. Here are some of the things you need to think about if you are wanting to become a beekeeper or if you want to improve existing beekeeping skills.
Learn about your bees – Although colonies throughout the globe operate of many of the same basic principles, bees can be individual creatures whose habit change from season to season. For example, if one local species of plant beings to dwindle the bees will change their diet to another flower. Plants that grow in drier soils can often produce lighter or even white honey, so this behavior could alter the end taste and color of your product. Learning how your bees work in their colony can help you stay one step ahead and keep your consumers happy.
Clothing – Having the correct clothing is an important part of being a good beekeeper. A beekeeping suit will help protect you from unnecessary stings and will allow you to approach your colony with confidence. However, poor suit maintenance can affect your bees. For example, if you approach a hive with old bee stingers and venom sacs still in your suit, you can send your bees into aggression mode as these stingers still pump out pheromones and chemicals warning other bees to be alert. Keep an eye on your suit and be sure to wash it after every trip to the hive.
Equipment – Beekeeping is a hobby that requires a few bits of specialist equipment. When tending to your bees and collecting honey, it is a good idea to take a bee brush with you. The alternative is to use your bare hands and if the bees occasionally sting you, the natural reaction is to swat them and kill them. Obviously, dead bees do not make a good colony that produces a lot of honey! Use the brush to gently sweep them to one side and ensure that you don’t hurt them when you visit their hive.
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