New Beekeepers Dreaming of Bees
Keeping bees is a wonderful hobby. Beekeeping for beginners is a journey into a new world. If you have been dreaming of having a hive of your own – maybe it is time to take the next step and join the world of new beekeepers.
Each Spring brings a new crop of flowers, tree leaves, baby animals and yes, new beekeepers.
Those of us who have been in beekeeping for a while enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of this group. And it enables us to relive that thrill again.
One of the first steps for the new beekeeper should be to seek out others who share your interest. Perhaps a local beekeeping association can help?
Of course you don’t have to join clubs but it will be a big benefit to you if you find a least 1 beekeeping buddy in your region.
Beekeeping requires some preparation. Planning should start in the Fall for bees next spring. And don’t forget to give your family a wish list for Christmas gifts!
Your Beekeeping Goals Matter
The students in my Online Beekeeping Class may be tired of hearing me talk about goals. But, they really are important.
Becoming a beekeeper is best accomplished in steps. Spend some time thinking about bees and about your goals.
Why do you want honey bees ? Your goals are important. Beekeeping involves some hard work. Do you have time to manage your hives? Will you be working alone or do you have a helper?
Do you know what a beekeeper does? Does the thought of sweating in a bee suit weird you out? All things to consider.
Some new beekeepers will continue in the beekeeping industry for years and some will wear the title of “beekeeper” for a much shorter time.
A large number of beekeepers quit before the end of the second year. For the most part, this is because they either did not understand what was involved or they got in over their head with too many hives..
Managing honey bees is fun, exciting, wondrous, awesome, frustrating, aggravating and all of those emotions can happen in just one day !
Educate Yourself – Take Notes – Read
As you advance in the world of the bee, you learn how seasonal weather patterns can affect the development of the colony.
Weather and bee health also play a large role in the amount of surplus honey “if any” is produced each year. Not every hive produces honey every year.
My Beekeeping Journal was developed to help new beekeepers. More than a diary, this booklet has writing space for recording keeping and a bee task calendar.
Consider Any Dangers of Beekeeping
No, I don’t think beekeeping is dangerous. But, any hobby that involves thousands of stinging insects deserves some cautious consideration. You will get stung.
Are you allergic to honey bees ? Many people think they are – but they really are not.
It is common to have redness and swelling from a bee sting. This usually goes away after a day or so.
However, some people are very allergic and can have systemic reactions to stings such as trouble breathing.
If this is you (or members of your family) you need to carefully consider whether or not beekeeping is for you.
We do have allergic beekeepers who dress to greatly minimize sting threats but be aware of these issues before you invest in the hobby.
P.S. Honeybee venom has a different protein than Yellow Jacket venom . You can be allergic to one and not the other. Get it checked out by medical professionals.
Are there any laws or homeowner regulations that would prevent you from having bees ? Check these regulations before investing in beekeeping equipment.
Beekeeper Business Ideas
What are your motives? If your only interest in beekeeping is to make money or save money on honey, I can tell you straight off that there are easier ways to do it.
I am not trying to keep all the profit for myself (profit ? have I had any ? LOL) but beekeeping is really hard work and much of it has to be done during the hot sticky Carolina summer.
Having managed bee colonies for several years and as a part-time employee at a bee supply company, I can honestly say that few people really make a financial profit from beekeeping.
However, if you love the survival aspect of producing some of your own food or just enjoy the idea of providing increased pollination for your vegetable gardens or orchards, beekeeping may be the answer.
Be realistic in your expectations and you are in for a wonderful education of bee culture.
Read, study, learn and consider my online beekeeping class. Ask questions of local people, all these will be of great benefit to you.
If you have been dreaming about bees for a long time… maybe it is time to take action.