5 Crucial Steps Regarding Beginning Beekeeping
Article by James Walker
1. The Location2. The Hive3. The Bees4. The Equipment5. The Honey
1) The Location of your beehive is vital for a variety of reasons. Initially you will need to find out from your local authorities if there are any restrictions to keeping bees in your neighborhood. If you are to locate the hive near residential dwellings it’s only good manners to find out if anybody has any serious objections. Some people are afraid of bees and will need some reassurance, some others may have severe allergic reactions to bee stings and in those cases it would not be reasonable to intensify their exposure to a large bee population. Once these considerations are met you will need to go for a location that offers you straightforward access, has decent drainage and a nearby water source.
2) So once you have selected a great site it’s time to select the hive. For newbies the best type of hive is a moveable frame hive as this sort of hive is extremely popular and easily obtainable. A moveable frame hive will allow trouble-free access for inspection and management of your colony as well as providing a platform for cost-effective honey production. Somewhat less well-liked and possibly not so good for novices is a top bar hive, this is seen as a more natural way of keeping bees and does have several advantages such as, simplicity of construction, ease of inspection and no need for a queen excluder. On the other hand honey production is greatly reduced so this type of hive is probably not suitable for starting a small home business.
3) The best way for a beginner to acquire bees is through the post. This might sound a bit strange but its perfectly OK if done properly. The container the bees come in will need to have sufficient ventilation and a supply of a sugar solution as a food source for the bees whilst travelling. There will be a second smaller section for the queen this will usually have a lining on the top of sugar for food. The first thing you must do for your bee’s when you get them is to give them a drink by spraying the container with a really fine spray of water.
4) Besides the hive the most important piece of equipment is your beekeeping suit. This should provide sufficient protection and yet still allow for freedom of movement. Along with this you will require a hat and veil, a pair of leather gloves, a stainless steel smoker, a contact feeder, and a J type hive tool. All these things tend to be part of a basic beginners kit, do a quick search on-line for the best prices available.
5) Whether you are choosing to keep bees just as a hobby or as a small home based business having supplies of fresh honey is surely one of the major benefits of all the exertion involved in beekeeping. You will need a good knife to uncap the honeycomb’s, and a stainless steel honey extractor. Also ensure that you store your honey in a cool dry place ideally between 10 and 21 degrees C,(50 and 70 degrees F).
Keeping bees is an incredibly worthwhile past time and can also be a good idea for a small home business. By ensuring that you follow these 5 vital steps before you embark on this amazing new pursuit you will increase your probability of success. Keep in mind bees are a significant part of the overall ecology of modern life and by keeping bees yourself you could just help to stem the current pattern of decreasing bee populations.
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