Beekeeping Basics Beginning Beekeeping
Beekeeping Basics Beginning Beekeeping. is designed as an introduction to beekeeping taking anyone interested in beekeeping from start up to equipment needed to hiving and caring for their first colony. Our Beekeeping Basics pages will cover how to hive a swarm to hiving a 3lb package of bees to hiving a Nucleus Colony.
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Beekeeping Basics Beginning Beekeeping.
Beekeeping Basics 101 Beginning Beekeeping. is for any person thinking about getting into Beekeeping either on a Hobby or Sideliner level. There are several things to think about before jumping into beekeeping and possibly getting in over your head. This section will cover the basic things you should consider and should know from the very start before you even purchase your first piece of gear or assemble your first hive equipment to becoming a full fledged Beekeeper.
Things to think about that may personally affect you!
Beekeeping Basics Beginning Beekeeping : Allergic Reactions, Heavy Lifting, Heat.
Allergic Reaction to Bee Stings: If you are allergic to insect stings check with your Doctor first. Finding out that your highly allergic to Bee Stings while working with Bees is not the time to find out as it could be deadly if you were to go into anaphylactic shock.
Heavy Lifting: Beekeeping even on a hobby level requires some heavy lifting. However if you have back problems there are some things you can do to minimize heavy lifting which will be covered in another section or drop us an email.
Heat: At some point you may find yourself having to work your Bees during the hottest part of the day. Most hands on working with Bees will be during the Spring and Summer months and over heating is a major concern.
Where are you going to put your Bees?
Hive Location: It is our opinion that hives should be placed in an area where they cannot easily come into contact with humans. Even the most docile Bees can become aggressive in the right weather conditions or due to their enviroment. We have found that our hives placed in full sun from early morning to late afternoon work longer are healthier and are more productive than hives located in shady cool areas. Hives should have openings facing in a South/ Southeast direction to catch the early morning sun and gain up to an hour + of added work time over hives in shaded areas.
Protective Clothing and Beekeeping Gear
Wearing protective Gear: Always wear a protective veil, suit, gloves and tuck paints into boots or use tape to seal off pants legs. No one gets extra points for being stupid. Bees are insects that never get used to someone invading their habitat and they can become angry and aggressive at anytime for any reason. Not wearing full protective gear is not a sign of being a Master Beekeeper, fully suiting up is a sign of a smart beekeeper. Stings to the face and neck can be life threatening or can cause long term health problems.
Using a Smoker: This one is a no-brainer, always, always use a smoker when entering a hive. A Beekeeper can never tell what kind of mood his Bees will be in until he enters the hive and this is no time to find out you should have brought your smoker. When a light puff of smoke is drawn over them and puffed into their entrance they gorge themselves on honey making it harder for them to double up and sting. See “How to Properly light a smoker”. The smoke also mask the scent of the bees alarm pheromone which can send the colony into a frenzy.