Do you enjoy honey? Are you aware that it's quite simple to maintain bees and produce your very own honey? In this website, I'll see some of the steps needed to start your own beekeeping hobby or enterprise for either fun or profit, perhaps even both.
Bees live in a colony. Imagine borg. They can be a group that does whatever the queen needs. Most of the collective are female workers. They do the majority of the labor, collecting nectar, water, and other important things required for the success of the colony. After that, there are drones, and ultimately the queen. There exists only one queen for every colony, and she can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day. If another queen is hatched, she can begin her own colony.
A colony of bees can have from around 10,000 to 50,000 individuals. The good part of these members are female workers. The life span of these heartbreaking workers is a tad over a month, as they simply work until finally they cannot work any more. Terrible, I know, however it is the circle of life. There will also be several hundred male drones. The female laborers will go from the hive and forage for supplies to bring back, so in most cases, when you see bees buzzing around, they are most times female workers.
The first thing is going to be learning a little something about bees, if you do not already know about the subject. It is known as the discipline of entomology. Google and review some of the information. Perhaps even get a good book on the subject. It'll be well worth it. You'll learn about the various varieties of honeybees, how bees deal with various times of year, as well as how honey is actually harvested from the hive.
Beekeeping can be pleasant as well as rewarding, if done right. If you are planning to keep bees, be sure that you get your first set of bees locally, as they are incredibly vunerable to environment differences, and bees from other areas might not fare as well as local ones. A dramatically different environment, could be the death of your hive, so be careful with your choice of bees. Picking the correct breeder is essential. You need to make certain the bees you obtain are healthy as well as free of illness. Think in terms of springtime as the best time for you to commence your colony. Spring is also the time when harvesting takes place.
For a starter setup, start with six combs, a fertile queen, plus some workers and drones. A portable frame hive is very important to great beekeeping, and don't obtain a used one. You never know what's been in it, and there is a chance that it is disease-ridden. Purchase new. For yourself, you'll need protective clothes, including a veil, boiler suit, and gloves. A few more things are going to be required, including a smoker, hive tool, plus a feeder. This is the basic kit you need to begin your own colony. To find out where you can get the very best equipment, there are many different sites on the web where you can study evaluations. Once you locate a nearby provider, check out the products they provide to see what other folks are saying.
Harvesting honey is among the joyous facets of keeping a beehive. There are very few things better than raw, unadultered honey right from the hive. You need to make sure that sufficient honey has been produced during the season so there is extra. You only want to take the surplus, leaving enough for the hive to survive. Depending on the native flora, the honey may have a unique flavor and aroma. Should you be fortunate, the honey produced will not only end up being tasty, but also distinct. This uniqueness will help to sell it, if that is your wish.
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