Beginner Beekeeping Guidelines

To be a home beekeeper can be exciting and fun. Honey bees can produce a lot of honey plus bee wax and even a beginner beekeepers can enjoy the harvest of their honey in the first season.

In order to be a successful beekeeper, it is important to become familiar with the seasons of beekeeping and all you should expect in a given season. We'll touch on all basic seasons in this guide.

Spring

In the springtime the bees are waking up from their winter nap. This time is when you, as the beekeeper, to inspect the hive and monitor diseases and that the queen bee is present and laying eggs. During this time of year you will also add an extra section to the hive which is named a super for the bees to get extra room if needed. Lastly, on spring you need to dose the bee hive with medications.

The Summer

In summer you will be adding more frames (also called a super) to your hive to hold the honey that your bees will be producing. This season is harvest season as well. One point to consider when harvesting honey is that it is wise to harvest when all the frames are fully filled with good honey and one-half of the cells are capped with wax.

The Fall

Get your bees ready to overwinter. At this time of the year you have to feed your honey bees water and sugar so they make it through winter. You also will be inspecting your hive to make sure the queen bee is free of diseases and healthy. It can be necessary to cover your hive in winter.

The Winter

Honey bees turn to be self sufficient. They can make it through out the winter quite well provided you did your fall activities correctly. In the winter, you can take a break and plan for spring. It is very important for a beginner beekeeper to get expert guidelines on starting on beekeeping so you can avoid costly mistakes made by beginner beekeepers.....

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