If even the simple thought of honey makes your mouth water, then you should consider learning how to raise honeybees so you wouldn’t run out of stocks. It’s easy, really. Basically, all you need to do is to find a perfect location and most importantly, keep them well-fed.
Knowing these facts, doesn’t it make you interested to learn more about beekeeping? If it does, then here’s the basics of how to raise honeybees:
1. Choose the Perfect Site.
The location for where you’ll be situating your honeybees in is extremely important. Honeybees need the following:
- Shade when it’s hot out but they would also need sun. So it’s important that you give them a balance of the two.
- Easy access to freshwater.
- Protection from wind to avoid snow or rain from blowing into their hive.
- Privacy and a place that’s away from heavy traffic.
The most important thing to remember is to keep their hive away from the ground so that they wouldn’t get wet and away from other animals.
3. Place the Bees in the Hive
The queen is usually separated from the rest of the honey bees and placed in what they call “Queen Muff”. The queen is left there for a few days while the workers are busy with the hive. Once the hive is ready, make sure to place the queen in the hive to prevent it from flying away with the rest of the bees.
4. Feed the Honeybees
Honeybees are usually fed with nectar. They would need the energy they get from it to establish their colonies as well as cover the cracks in their hives to protect their queen. Nectar is easy to make. All you have to do is to mix equal parts of sugar and water. Fill up the quart jars with it and the honeybees will then just drink what they need from it.
5. Check the Hive
If you’re still a beginner in raising bees, then you’d need to do a simple observation at least once a week to learn. Make sure to keep the hive clean and free of ants. Check the hive for larvae on warm days. You should consult an expert if you don’t see any larvae in your hive.
The most common pest that affects honeybee hives are the Varroa Mites. Without immediate intervention, it could eat and destroy your bee hive in no time. It’s important to detect any problems before the events turn out for the worst. In raising honeybees, early intervention is key.
7. Expand Your Hive
Once you get the hang of raising bees, there’s no stopping you from expanding the colony. If you started with one body-brood box and the bees has already filled it in, top it with a second brood box.
Honeybees are extremely easy to maintain. All you need is patience and the passion to propagate them. With enough care, your bees will produce a good quality honey that you and other people can benefit from.