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 our 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.
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