Beekeeping Basics – Have you ever thought of wanting to be a beekeeper but don’t know where and how to start? Handling bees is much more difficult than people think so here is an idea of what beekeeping is and what beekeepers do.
Beekeepers usually start with managing one or two colonies to work, study, and be familiar with. As the years go by and when the learning experience increases, beekeepers then add more colonies, buy more equipment, harvest more honey and go commercial.
Beekeeping is a form of livestock management which requires beekeepers to really look after bees constantly and have regular inspections. It does require a lot of hard work and dedication to keep them, however, like most things, it always pays off in the end!
– Make sure colonies have enough food and enough space for their expansion.
– Must conduct weekly inspections to control their impulses to leave the hive and swarm, to monitor the population of Varroa and keeping it to a minimum, to keep the bees disease-free, and to ensure that the colonies have prolific queen bees.
Normal honey bees can and will sting but usually when they are provoked making them in a defensive mode. Beekeepers especially new ones must always consider the fact that there will always be a possibility of getting stung – almost every beekeeper gets stung.
There will be pain, redness, and swelling around where the bee sting has penetrated. Remove the sting immediately to lessen the injection of venom. The swelling may last for days and itching may occur. For some people, they eventually become immune after always receiving stings.
Unfortunately, for those who are allergic to bee stings, they don’t get immune but the effects get more severe instead. Their symptoms are also much more severe (such as skin irritation, has difficulty in breathing, may faint, heart rate change…). Urgent medical attention is required. Individuals who gets unconscious after a bee sting can die.
Beekeeping protective gear is essential for handling bees, especially for beginners, to minimize the chances of getting bee stings.