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Beekeeping For Beginners – Your First Bee Hive

Beekeeping for beginners – If you have ever thought about the idea of beekeeping, then you are probably aware of how rewarding a hobby it can be. We need bees in our natural environment, especially for pollination. In fact, about 80 percent of all flowering plants are cross-pollinated by bees. Unfortunately, their numbers are diminishing at an alarming rate as we strive to eradicate the intrusion of pests.

The good news is that something as simple as starting beekeeping in your neighborhood can make a big difference in keeping ourbeekeeping for beginners planet green. The primary habitat for bees is usually hives, whether natural or artificial. Due to the quandary mentioned above, it’s becoming harder and harder to find natural beehives.

However, you can still provide a private habitat for the bees to call home, which can be purchased from an established beekeeper or designed at home as a DIY project.

Once you have prepared your hive, the next step is to find the bees. Your first option is to go for a natural source. If you know someone who has a beehive in some space in their house, such as the attic, chances are they will gladly give you the bees for free (or even pay you for the trouble).

You can also purchase a bee package from a professional beekeeper. These are usually sold as a bunch in one box, with the queen enclosed in a different container. You just transfer the whole lot to your hive and hope that they will be attracted to the queen and start a colony. If it works, you may end up with a working hive in just a couple of weeks.

Your third option is to purchase a bee bundle referred to as a Nuclear Hive (NUC). This is the option I started with years ago.

A NUC is a small working hive usually sold in a cardboard box with four or five frames of bees. Unlike the previous bee package, the queen in this pack is familiar with the other bees. Your work is to simply pour all the bees into your hive, and your beekeeping project is ready to go.

Note that while the information provided above is essential when your are just starting beekeeping for beginners, it is just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to raising honey bees. You need to read and acquire more information about bees to improve your overall chances of having a successful bee hive.

Beekeeping For Beginners – Your First Bee Hive


10 Ways to Help Save the Bees

#1. Avoid insecticides

Modern pesticides (such as Roundup) are stronger than ever before and tend to have a long-lasting toxic effect on bees and other insects. If you are looking to get rid of pests, go for biological control methods instead. Generally, eliminating all unnecessary pesticides from the environment can go a long way towards saving the bees.Save the bees

#2. Steer away from seeds treated with systemic insecticides

Many seeds today are usually coated with systemic insecticides such as Clothianidin, which spread to the entire plant and causes it to become toxic to all insects that may feed on it, including bees. Read the labels on the seed packets carefully before purchasing. If you are still not sure, contact the manufacturer for full details.

#3. Watch out for hidden killers in your garden compost!

Check the labels on your garden compost vigilantly before buying. Some are normally combined with a deadly insecticide known as imidacloprid. You may find it under different disguises, such as “vine weevil protection.” All in all, it is awfully toxic to all insects and living organisms in the soil – including beneficial earthworms. Once the plants absorb the insecticide, bees looking for water from the moist compost (for instance, if you are using hanging baskets) may be killed.

#4. Design a natural habitat

If possible, let some of the free space in your garden run wild. This will create a haven for small mammals (such as hedgehogs and solenodons) and insects such as bees.

#5. Plant flowers that are attractive to bees

Wildflower seeds are readily available from numerous seed merchants. The good news is that they can thrive in virtually any patch of ground, including those waste spaces in your garden you may not be using.

#6. Create a beehive site

If there’s some free space in your garden, you could dedicate a corner to keeping one or two beehives (or even offer it to a local beekeeper). If you choose the latter, consider the fact that he/she will need regular access to the site for maintaining the hive.

#7. Create a wild bee house

This could be as simple as providing a small box in your garden for feral bees to establish a home. You will find this particularly beginner beekeepingideal if you just want to keep the bees without having to look after them. You can find great ideas for these sorts of boxes online.

#8. Support your local beekeepers

Honey has been shown to ease the effects of many allergies like hay fever. Generally, buying honey from a local beekeeper is preferable than from supermarkets, which often source their honey from several thousand miles away. Better yet, go for a beekeeper that does not include any chemicals in their beehives and request for comb honey, which is the best.

#9. Learn and share information about bees

Unfortunately, most people are relatively ignorant of the importance of bees. Carve out some time to read a good book about bees and beekeeping. You’ll be surprised at the fascinating creatures bees really are. If it works out, you may even challenge yourself to:

#10. Start Beekeeping!

Becoming a beekeeper is easier than most people think. Do not be discouraged by the expensive equipment you see in those classy catalogs! In fact, it takes just a hive, some bees and some beekeeping supplies to keep bees successfully.

10 Ways to Help Save the Bees



2017 Beekeeping Conference

The North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow will be held in Galveston, Texas, at the San Luis Resort and Galveston Island Convention Center, January 10-14, 2017.

This event is  a joint conference with the The American Honey Producers Association, American Beekeeping Federation,  and thebeekeeping supplies Canadian Honey Council.

This conference brings you the most up-to-date information within the beekeeping industry, including the latest products and services offered by our many exhibitors and sponsors and fantastic opportunities for you to network with your fellow beekeepers.

This show includes:

  • Top-notch general session presentations all day on Wednesday and Friday
  • Vendor tradeshow with the latest and greatest products and services in the beekeeping industry
  • Keynote presentations led by industry experts
  • Track sessions on Thursday for Beginning Beekeepers, Serious Sideliners and Commercial Beekeepers
  • 15 workshops on Saturday
  • 2017 Honey Show
  • Various silent and live auctions benefiting ABF, AHPA and the American Honey Queen program
  • and more…

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