Beekeeping For Beginners. Contrary to what you might think starting a beekeeping business is not that difficult. It doesnt require a lot of knowledge, special skill or even a large investment. It does involve learning a little about bees and the types of things you will need.
Although beekeeping for beginners is not difficult, most beekeepers enjoy their new found business because it is a project in which you will continually learn.
Your first step in beekeeping for beginners is to read about beekeeping and the process, then you will need to purchase the equipment you need. Stay away from used equipment, or if you do purchase used equipment be sure to get it inspected by an expert. You dont want to purchase hives that have had a previous virus, or illness, and which scares away new bees.
Figuring out the Type of Hive You Want
In most cases its hard to give a general best hive to buy. It really depends on the region you are in. The best thing you can do is talk to local beekeepers and ask them what they use, and which works best for that area.
You now need to add bees to your hive, and you can do that in one of three ways. You can use a nucleus, a package, or a swarm.
The nucleus is where you buy a 3 to 5 frame, hive with a brood and a laying queen. You usually buy a nuc with bees of all ages. You will also need to feed the bees immediately after installation and until they get used to their new home.
This is where bees are sold by the pound with a laying queen that is inside the main bee cage. The package comes with a sugar feeder so the bees wont starve while you transport them. The length of time it takes to install a package depends on where you live, and you should get advice from a local beekeeping association, or beekeeper.
There are beekeepers that catch swarms and they use these to supplement their hives, but this system sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, because of the risk of the onset of Tracheal Mites or Varroa. The good thing about this method is that the swarms march right in and go to work immediately.
-Fourth Step Your Equipment-
Your best bet is to start getting different suppliers and comparing prices. In the first year though, you probably wont need an extractor, because your harvest will likely be small. You probably want cut comb honey instead of extracted honey for that first year.
Depending on the type of hive you get, you may need a smoker, as these help calm the bees while you are doing your inspection. The best of these comes in copper, so it lasts for a long time.
*Your Protective Suit*
You need some type of protective suit, and you dont want to skimp here. A little piece of netting on a flimsy hat wont do. You need something that wont com loose and let a bee get caught inside.
Beekeeping For Beginners
You dont need to overspend here, and so you want a dealer that is honest, not someone who will try to sell you every product on the market. As you can see, you dont need a lot of equipment, and for a lucrative business, you dont have to make much of an initial investment, but you do need to read up on bee husbandry, so that you do a good job of managing your bees.
Beekeeping for Beginners article by Ron Rullman.