Beekeeping is the practice of managing honey bee colonies in man-made hives.
Becoming a beekeeper is an exciting time but new beeks have a lot to learn.
Keeping a beehive involves different tasks to ensure success. Some hive management techniques are focused on hive production. Others are necessary for good health.
Feeding bees properly can be a big boost for growing hives but can cause problems if done incorrectly.
Checking the queen status to ensure the presence of a healthy productive queen honey bee is very important.
Swarming is a part of beekeeping as this is a natural occurrence for a colony. Beekeepers however do not always want the hive to swarm and attempt to prevent them.
Bee hive pests and predators must be monitored and controlled. They can attack your colonies and cause weak hives to fail quickly.
If everything goes well, after a lot of hard work by the beekeeper can enjoy harvesting honey from his/her very own hives.
Keeping bees for honey production or pollination of your garden is a fascinating hobby enjoyed by many people. These lucky individuals get to enjoy a true glimpse into the world of the honey bee.