In the article below you will find the information that you need to get started in the beekeeping business, whether it be for personal use, or if you are interested in eventually selling the honey and wax. Use these Beekeeping 101 tips as you start your journey into the time honored tradition of harvesting one of nature’s greatest gifts.
There are just a few basic things that you need in order to get started. They include a bee veil, bee gloves a smoker, and of course, bees. The tools are easy to find online, but you may want to do a little research to ensure that they are of the highest quality, however, when it comes to the bees, that may be a little harder to come by.
The most popular bees to use are the American Golden Italian Honeybee. They are extremely resilient and are known for the abundant production as well as their lack of swarming tendencies. When you purchase them you will likely need to find an organization that specializes in this process themselves. They should offer what is known as a nuc, or nucleus, which will include a high quality queen that is already housed, and would be labeled as a 3 or 4 pound lot.
It is best to begin this process in the relative beginning of your local spring season. Doing so ensures that the bees will begin to have a excess supply of honey in just a couple of months. If you start later in the season you are risking the hive not being able to survive through the winter on what they have produced, not to mention that they will not produce any excess for your use.
Once you have ordered your bees you will want to have their home constructed before their arrival. Some chose to build it themselves, but it is best if you purchase your first set and take measurements from it and get a good idea of what exactly is needed so that you get started on the right foot. A couple of things you want to ensure about your structure is that it is lifted off the ground to ensure there isn’t a risk of degradation from the elements and adding a ramp to the entrance that is free from barriers to help the bees that may be overburdened and struggle entering the hive.
Clearly, there is a lot more to maintaining a healthy hive, and to truly master this skill will require a great deal of research. There are many special means to ensure that the queen is contained and well cared for as well as promoting a positive moral within the hive and the workers. Thanks to All Star Pest Control for donating some beehive enclosure boxes for us to use.
Above you have found the basics of getting started. Fortunately, the resources that are available in taking your project to the highest level possible. Use the tips found above in Beekeeping 101 to turn your plan into reality and take the time to do your research and you will surely enjoy a abundant honey and beeswax source for years into the future.