Article by Val Wilson
Nowadays, beekeeping has become one of the most popular hobbies because of its many benefits. Not only do you get pure natural honey, but the whole activity is an incredibly fulfilling experience. If you’re thinking of getting into this hobby yourself, then here is a no nonsense guide on how to start beekeeping to help you.
Although it may seem like a big challenge to take on at first, beekeeping is actually a lot simpler than you think. That is if you have the right tools and the right information to guide you in every step of the way. Keeping bees in your own back yard will require a bit of patience and dedication on your part, so be prepared. This is not a hobby for the fainthearted. You wouldn’t get a dog if you didn’t have some time to devote to it. Well, the same applies to bees. Bees are living creatures and will need some love and attention!
If you want to know how to start beekeeping, then the first thing that you need to do is get the right tools. To keep things simple, work on getting the most important things first before you start looking for other accessories to add to your beehive.
You will need a beehive, a smoker, and the right beekeeping apparel – definitely a beekeeping veil, and preferably a full beekeeping suit. You really cannot keep can keep bees without any of these items. These are essential things that you need, so do not scrimp on them.
After you have gathered up everything you need, it’s time to go out and get some bees to start your small colony. There are several ways to get bees. Sometimes you can get a swarm of bees that have relocated inside hollow trees or even your neighbor’s backyard. If ever you decide to relocate some bees to your hive, make sure you’re protected and you know how to correctly do it. Ideally, get an experienced beekeeper to do the job for you, or at least to help.
You can also get packaged bees – these loose bees will come from a bee breeder, usually in the mail in a wooden and wire mesh box. The queen will be kept in a separate cage during transit. You then just empty these bees into your framed hive.
The other option is to buy a nucleus colony. This comes in a nuc box, complete with frames, bees, brood and food. You just transfer the frames into your empty hive. This is the easiest way to start, but is more expensive.
Lastly, you should be aware that beekeeping is a hobby that requires special skills and knowledge so make sure you read up on the latest news and trends about the hobby of beekeeping. Get yourself a good guidebook that explains to you all the other necessary equipment and steps that you need to know of so that you’re well informed on this hobby.
As there are a number of eBooks that you can easily download in order to find out more on how to start beekeeping, choose one that you will be able to easily understand and relate to.
Now that you know a little bit more on how to start beekeeping, you can start planning out for your little colony today.
About the Author
Val Wilson is passionate about all things beekeeping! It is an incredibly rewarding hobby in so many ways, so if you would like more information about how to start beekeeping, go to http://www.bestbeekeeping.com and sign up for the FREE 7 day beekeeping ecourse.