How to Start Honey Business
No matter to what you might think to start a beekeeping business is not as difficult as you may think. It doesn't require a lot of knowledge, special skill or even a large investment. You just need to know the type of bees and the types of things you will need.
Although starting is not difficult, most beekeepers enjoy their new found business because there is always something new to learn.
- Your First Step
The first step is to read all you can about beekeeping and the process, then get the beekeeping equipment needed. Stay away from used equipment, or if you do purchase used equipment be sure to get it inspected by an expert. You don't want to purchase hives that have had a previous virus, or illness, and chase away your new honey bees.
- The Second Step - Know the type of hive you need
In most cases it's hard to give a general "best" hive to buy. Hives are chosen depending on the region you live in. You should talk to you local beekeepers to know of the type of hives they use, and the ones that work best the your area.
- The Third Step
The third step is adding bees to you bee hive, and you can do that in one of three ways. You can use a nucleus, a package, or a swarm.
The nucleus is where you buy a 3 to 5 frame, brood hives with laying queens. You usually buy a "nuc" with bees of all ages. Immediately after installation the bees should be feed and until they get used to their new home.
The Package. This is where bees are sold by the pound and the laying queen in the main cage. The package comes with a sugar feeder to allow the bees to eat while being transported. The length of time it takes to install a package depends on where you live, and you can get advice from local beekeepers.
The Swarms Some beekeepers catch swarms and they use these to supplement their hives, but this system sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, the reason being of the risk of the onset of Tracheal Mites or Varroa. The good thing about this method is that swarms start working immediately.
- Fourth Step - Your Beekeeping Equipment
Your best bet is to start getting different suppliers and comparing prices. Though in the first year, an extractor won't be needed, because your harvest will likely be small. You probably want cut comb honey instead of extracted honey for that first year.
Getting a smoker depends on the type of hive you will use, as a smoker helps in calming the bees when you do your inspection. The best of these comes in copper, so it lasts for a long time.
Your Protective Suit
When keeping bees you need a protective gear, and you don't want to skimp here. just some net won't work. You need something that wont com loose and let a bee get caught inside.
You don't need to overspend here, and so you want a dealer that is honest, not a person who just wants to sell to you.
I bet you see, that not much equipment is needed, and for a lucrative business, you don't have to make much of an initial investment, but you do need to educate yourself, so that you get the best out of your honey bees......
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