How to Start Raising Bees

If you are thinking of keeping bees as a hobby or as a sideline business, below is a quick guide to raising bees as there are things you will want to keep in mind before making a start.

Some money is needed to start raising bees, before investing any amount of money in your beekeeping project, first start by contacting other local beekeepers, as a rule, they will more than happy to share their experience with you and in most cases point you in the right direction for local beekeeping equipment.

The Right Beekeeping Cloths and Equipment Used

One of the most important pieces of clothing a beekeeper wears is the veil. It is very painful to be stung on the face and there is the possibility of damage to the eyes and ears.

Light coloured coveralls should be worn. When using boots, do not wear dark socks. Boots that fasten over the coveralls or in the coveralls should be worn, To avoid to be stung, wind breakers should be worn. Pants, veil, sleeves should be fasten securely to prevent bees from getting into your clothes.

You first need one bee hive, and a good place to get one is your local store or beekeeping society's in and around your area.

You can buy this equipment new or used. But if you buy used equipment make sure its in great condition, also have it examined by the Apiary Inspection Service for possible diseases. The equipment will cost around $250-$450.

You can also build you very own bee hives, which isn't to difficult, provided you've got time, just make sure you have the dimensions correct because bees will build combs in places you don't want them to.

Acquiring Bees

There are several ways to acquire bees, no matter which method you choose spring is the best time to purchase bees, established colonies cost more, but are worth it.

The Package Bees

Bees in a package have about 2 or 3 pounds of honey bees, with the queen bee in a different cage (Beginners should be able to handle them easily)

The Queen Bee

The most common practice of introducing a new queen requires an introductory period of about three days, queen bees are placed in their own cage and is fed by the colony bees though the wire gauze covering the cage. The only way she can be released is when workers bees eat the candy entrance, or the beekeeper decides to let go the queen into the colony self willingly.

The success of the colony depends largely on the quality of the queen. As a beekeeper you may notice a difference in the production of honey from one colony to the next. They are several factors that measure the difference in production, one of which is the queen.

Obviously this beekeeping guide for beginners touches just a little at what's required, make sure you research before you start buying equipment, get all the research so you can make a good decision as to whether bee-keeping might be for you. So it is very important that you get expert guidelines to starting successful beekeeping.....

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