The Beekeeper Supplies A Beginner Needs
Article by Ted Dozien
For many people, beekeeping is a huge passion. Basic background knowledge is however a necessity, if one decides to pursue it as a hobby. It is not the kind of hobby or business that will make you wealthy, but it is fun and sweet. As long as you handle bees with care, they are not a threat to anyone, and it is legal to keep bees. You should however be informed of what beekeeper supplies you will need.
There are standard kits available with special assembly instructions to get one started. Kits can cost anywhere from between 0 upwards, depending on the material and if it is flat packed or assembled. A standard DIY kit could consist of plastochrome gloves, a galvanized smoker, stainless steel hive tool, feeder, hat, veil with ring, and record book.
Deluxe kits contain extras such as a specialized feeder, smoker cartridges and a jacket. Auctions are the place to go to for a second hand hive. It is important that the bees are free from disease and a bee inspector will confirm this.
Because the square hive is more practical, it is a best seller. WBC hives tend to be impractical if portability is what you are after, but it is reasonably attractive. For strong colonies, the commercial hives are the best option. They are bigger, square and the brood area is more spacious. This ensures a lower risk of swarming. Planning the hive area is up to you. There are no specified rules for it.
There is no need for a large garden when considering starting with beehives. They could be found on balconies and rooftops. Always ensure you hive is directed away from a road of footpath. One would not want others to be stung when passing by. The hive should be placed on a level surface. Bees are ideal for gardens as they help with pollination. Crops would be tastier and even bigger with your bees tending to them.
Bees can be a nuisance to those nearby. Ensure neighbors are kept informed about your plans and supply them with some honey to keep them sweet, so to speak. One could learn all there is to learn about bees from your local association. There are also numerous books available to help.
The secret is to not get hysterical if a bee stings you and to move as little as possible. Tests have shown that bee venom can cure certain deceases. It will however be a good idea to always first consult your general practitioner to ensure that you do not have any allergies.
It does not take much time to look after bees. The hive should be checked about once per week in the summer time. During the winter months, check once a month to see if there is sufficient food.
Hives have a special valve that they can go down but not up again. This will enable you to collect the honey. An extractor is used to collect the honey from the frames. Jar it, label it and enjoy. Other uses for the hive products would be to make it into polish, candles and cosmetics. It is also used for mouthpieces and can be found in royal jelly.
As is the case with any pets, these can get diseases and they should be monitored for this. Bi annual checks should suffice. Keep the hive clean at all times and refer to beekeeper supplies store for any advice that is needed.
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