Beekeeping Step By Step Guide

Most people when looking for a good home business, most of the time over look the beekeeping option. Apiculture is a good business model, because the cost is minimal, the product is needed, and is environmentally friendly. It's a great way to make extra money for your family, while at the same time supplying yourself with honey, wax and other useful products.

- What You need to Start your Beekeeping Business

There is not much needed to start this business. You don't even really need a lot of space, because hives can be kept in small gardens and roof tops. But plants that produce nector should be close by, like meadow flowers, or clover. Bees also like oilseed rape, so if you are in an area where that is grown, starting a beekeeping business would be a good idea. Now this doesn't mean it has to be right next door, because bees travel as many as four miles to get their nectar. Now, once you have decided where to have your bees, the nest step is choosing your hive. The type of hive that is most used in beekeeping is the Langstroth hive, so called because it was the name of the inventor. This is the wooden box with frames of wax that come in the honeycomb pattern.

- Start By Learning

When managing a hive, you should manage it in such a way that the honey production is kept at a maximum. Skill and knowledge is needed and for anyone who is startng beekeeping, needs to learn, not everything, only the basics. If you are seriously thinking about this new enterprise, then you should pick up a few books on the subject, or join your local beekeepers association. You will learn a lot from being around other beekeepers.

- The Needed Tools

One good thing about beekeeping is that you don't need a lot of tools, especially if they are only managing one or two hives. A hive tool is needed, which will let you open the hive and inspect it. You will need the hive and the bees. You will also need some protective clothing and a smoke box. You want a smoke box because it has a calming effect on bees, and when you puff some smoke into the hive it calms the bees, and allows your inspection to be easier.

- Getting Your Bee Colony

The easiest way to get your bee hive is to buy a ready made colony, which is bought from beekeeping suppliers. If this way doesn't appeal to you, then you might consider a nucleus, which is a queen and several hundred workers that come from another colony. All you do is get them in your hive and feed them with auger and water to drink till they are established, and can find their own nectar.

Getting a colony is the 3rd way which is the most dangerous and involves getting a swarm. You have to get a swarm which is comprised of a queen and her thousands of worker bees. These can be found on trees. You do this by cutting the branch to make the bees fall directly in your container. Take your box to the hive and lay a sheet on the ground. Shake the bees out of your box onto the sheet and then they will find your hive.

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