- beekeeping for beginners
beekeeping for beginners
Beekeeping For Beginners
1. How to keep honey bees
Keeping honey bees can be an easy hobby to learn. While honey bees face new challenges, honey bees pollinate foods that are healthy for us like fruits and vegetables. Beekeeping is an enjoyable hobby. First, you do a little research. Then, you invest a little time to learn more. And before long you dive in.
2. Buying beekeeping equipment
The very first thing to buy a beekeeper starter kit. Generally a bee hive refers to the "boxes" the bees live in. There are many different configurations, but most hives consists of a bottom board, two boxes called "hive bodies" where the bees live and raise their young, then honey supers on top of that. Finally, the tops consists of an inner cover for air spacing, and finally the top cover to protect the hive from rain.
Where can you buy beekeeping equipment? Long Lane Honey Bee Farms (www.honeybeesonline.com) offers a full range of hive kits that come with bees. Be careful when considering used equipment. The price may be free or cheap, but you could also be buying diseased equipment. Some diseases stay dormant in old equipment for decades and could kill your newly introduced bees.
You will need a smoker to calm the bees when you do your inspection, a hive tool and some amount of protective clothing.
3. Where to buy honey bees
All bees come from the south or west in the form of packages. A package is a box consisting of 3 pounds of bees with one mated queen. These are usually purchased in the winter as most providers sell out in late winter and delivered or shipped in the spring.
Our individual 3 lb packages of bees with a mated queen are now available for purchase online. They sell out fast! Further details are available in the product description. Click here to order your packages TODAY.
4. When to purchase bees
Secure the purchase of your bees in the winter. But do not expect delivery until spring. Our bees will go on sale the first of January.
5. Where to take a beekeeping class
There are many beekeeping classes springing up all over. Choose wisely. If you are a new beekeeper you may not realize your instructor is not thoroughly up to date in the craft. We recommend you take a beekeeping class from a certified master beekeeper. Certified master beekeepers are up to date on new issues with bees and proper management of bees. They are also experienced in the management of bee hives including pests, diseases and medication. Check our 2016 classes taught by certified master beekeepers.