Beekeeping for Beginners – Getting Started with Bees
Beekeeping is an amazing journey and it 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, you will get it. 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. This is not a one and done endeavor.
If you are a new beekeeper, I share your excitement. Take your time – learn and grow. Things will not work out perfectly every time.
Don’t expect to learn everything you need to know about raising bees in one season. In fact, beekeeping is a continual learning experience.
In 3 or 4 years, you should be able to master the basics. But, you will always need to keep up to date on new issues facing our bees.
Don’t let a few failures derail your beekeeping experience. Even seasoned beekeepers have problems with our bees.
This roundup of my most popular posts is sure to help anyone new to bees! Enjoy the topics whether it is your first time with bees or you have a lot of bee experience. We all need a refresher sometimes.
Top Tips for Beginner Beekeepers
Beginner beekeeping involves a lot more than just getting a hive and plopping it down in the yard. If you want to be successful with your bees, you have some things to consider.
From understanding what you will need to do, to buying bees and equipment and managing those hives, there is a lot of learn and do.
So you want to become a beekeeper. Obviously, this is someone who has at least 1 hive of bees. But there is more to the occupation than just having bees in a box. What Does a Beekeeper Do?
Will beekeeping be a hobby or a business for you? It can be a pleasant hobby or a profitable business. Do this this well, you need a good business plan. Learn How to Start a Beekeeping Business or Bee Farm of Your Own.
Most new beekeepers will buy bees for their first hives. Explore these tips and guidelines will help you make wise decisions about- How to Buy Honey Bees.
Beehive placement is an often overlooked aspect of beekeeping. Yes, some hive locations are better than others. This article will give you the information needed to decide: Where to Put Your Beehive.
Having more bee hives than you can handle is a recipe for disaster. Take some time to consider – How Many Hives the New Beekeeper Should Have.
Beginner beekeepers often underestimate the amount of food required by a new colony. You do need to monitor the food stores of any new colony.- Feeding Package Bees helps them grow quickly.
Another way to get bees for you hive is to buy a bee nuc? A Nucleus colony is different from a package bees in several ways. – What is a Bee Nuc?
How do you know which type of bee to buy? Yes, there are different kinds of honey bee available for purchase. Comparing and contrasting – Choosing the Best Types of Honey Bees.
Managing beehives involves periodic inspections. You can not really know what is happening without looking inside. Check out these New Hive Inspection Tips.
Once you arrive home with a new package of bees it is time to put them in the hive. This article will help you understand How to Install a Package of Bees with Success.
Nuc installation is a bit different than package bees. Here is a guide to help you and your bees survive – Install 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. How to Set Up a Bee Yard.
Your success as a beekeeper, depends a lot of understanding that the world is constantly changing. You can learn some great tips from beekeepers who have had bees for 30 years. But, a word of caution, beekeepers sometimes fail to update their knowledge on new issues facing honey bees.
Environmental pressures, pests from other regions of the world – all these have an effect on our honey bee colonies.