Beekeeping for Beginners – Getting Started with Bees
Becoming a new beekeeper is not always easy. Oh, its exciting for sure – but easy is not the best term to describe the process. Try to avoid feeling over-whelmed with new terms and tools – learning how to be a beekeeper takes time. Beekeeping for beginners is not for the “faint of heart”.
You don’t know what you don’t know. That sure does apply to beekeeping. If you are a new beekeeper, I share your excitement. Take your time – learn and grow.
This roundup of my most popular posts is sure to help anyone new to bees!
Would you like to have your own bee farm? You can start with only a couple of hives and grow as you learn. A bee farm doesn't have to be thousands of hives - though it sure can.
Here are some tips to help you consider just how much of a bee business you really want to consider.
Feeding honey bees sugar water is a common practice in many beekeeping communities. Of course, real nectar is always the best food for our bees.
However, sometimes the colony needs a boost. Find the sugar water ratio or recipe that will give your bees the help they need to grow into strong colonies.
Bees for sale. Yes, selling and buying honey bees is big business. What do you need to know about ordering bees for your hives?
These tips and guidelines will help you make wise decisions and get off to a great start as a new beekeeper.
Beehive placement is an often overlooked aspect of beekeeping. Yes, some hive locations are better than others.
These tips will give you valuable information that aids you in finding the very best locations for your beehives.
How many hives should a new beekeeper start with? It depends of course on your time, money and workforce.
You can start with any number of beehives but will your chances of success increase when you grow slowly.
Beginner beekeepers often underestimate the amount of food required by a new colony. These suggestions and tips will help you understand why you need to monitor the food stores of any new colony. Feeding package bees helps them grow quickly.
What is a bee nuc? Should you buy bees in a nuc? How is a nucleus colony different than any other family of bees?
When you are a beginner beekeeper, you may have to chose any type of honey bee that is available in your area. However, as you gain experience you may develop opinions on which race or strain of honey bee is best for your region.
Comparing and contrasting the best types of honey bees.
Managing beehives involves periodic inspections. You can gain some knowledge of hive conditions by observing the entrance.
However, you can not really know what is happening without looking inside. Learn what to look for during a beehive inspection.
Once you arrive home with a new package of bees it is time to put them in the hive. This may be intimidating for the new beekeeper. But don't worry, the package bees are as confused as you are.
Tips and tricks for installing a package of bees in your new hive.
For the beginner beekeeper, be advised that nuc installation is a bit different than package bees. Your nuc bees have comb and brood to protect.
Here is a guide to help you and your bees survive installing a nuc colony.
Finding a location for 1 or 2 beehives is not very difficult. However, if you want to develop a larger apiary with many hives, bee yard design becomes a bigger issue.
Learn what you need to consider when setting up a bee yard or apiary for the first time.
Beekeeper education is a critical part of beekeeping for beginners. You don't know what you don't know. And unfortunately, you wont learn everything from one person.
Take a beekeeping class, or 2 or 3 - it is a good investment in your beekeeping journey.