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Beekeeping

frame of honey bees in beekeeping hiveBeekeeping is the practice of managing honey bee colonies in man-made hives.

For thousands of years, humans have enjoyed keeping bees.

The beekeeper is responsible for keeping the bees healthy an productive.

Becoming a beekeeper takes time and patience. It takes time to learn the many disciplines involved.

Each year thousands of new beekeepers enter the hobby with their first hives.  The first year of beekeeping for beginners is an exciting time but new beeks have a lot to learn.

The correct type of beekeeping equipment and supplies needed for your bees must be ordered and assembled.

Most new colonies will benefit from being fed.  Feeding bees properly can be a big boost for growing hives but can cause problems if done incorrectly.

In keeping honey bees, hive management techniques are crucial.  Routine hive inspections can reveal potential problems – this allows the beekeeper to take action.

Checking the queen status to ensure the presence of a healthy productive queen honey bee is very important.  Colony survival depends on her.

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.  Attempts are made to prevent swarming or catch swarms that do occur.

One of the most important aspects of beekeeping is learning how to control the common bee hive pests and predators.  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.