Beekeeping Beginners Guide
When considering beekeeping as a hobby or as a sideline business, there are some things to keep in mind. Because there are quite a number of factors involved with making money with the honey bees produce, beginning as a hobby would be your first choice. There is a significant amount of money in the start-up of beekeeping. So before you invest any sort of money, you might want contact beekeepers in your area. As a rule, they will more than happy to share their experience with you. Most beekeepers love keeping bees and to them it is just a "hobby", but they can give you some insight into beekeeping. Take plenty of notes.
In making the decision of beekeeping, as beginner you will want to consider the safety of family, friends, and neighbors. The bees should not sting a person who is allergic too bee stings. You will also want to check with the country you live in. You will want to know about any ordinances or laws prohibiting beekeeping.
One thing I've noticed is new beekeepers fail to understand whether the area they live in is ideal to raise bees. Ideally you will also want to consider where the bees will have to fly to retrieve nectar and pollen. Try to keep the plants needed by bees close by. Since bees need water every day, you also should make sure there is near by water supply. The last thing you don't want your bees to do visit your neighbor's pool.
Here is a list of spots unacceptable to the health of the bees.
For how long is your pollen and nector available?
For them to survive, will you have to feed them and how much of the year?
Is there a water supply available year round for the bees? Bees need water each and everyday.
You will need to consider what will be underneath the bees when they are collecting the nector and pollen. The bees will defecate as they are flying and their dropping will leave spots on everything below them. The bee droppings can even ruin the surface of a vehicle. There's Some methods which were derived over the years, these methods force the bees to fly at a higher altitude, such as a tall fence or thick tall plants near the hive.
An experienced beekeeper will tell a beginner that a honey keepers must keep the bees in control every time the hive is open. A typical hive can house thousands of workers all capable of stinging. There are measures a beekeeper can take in the open that he can not take in the city because of the closeness of other people.
These are just some of the things you will want to consider beginning beekeeping. This should be able to help you decide weather beekeeping is for you. Beekeeping can be a rewarding venture, so there is no need to be scared of it, just because one is a beginner......
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