Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners

Discover the basics of what you need to begin backyard beekeeping, from buying honeybees and constructing the hive to preventing bee swarming and harvesting honey.



Smoking Bees
Smoking the bees causes them to be docile so that beekeepers can care for the hive or remove honey.
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A few basic tools can get you started with your own beekeeping efforts.
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A package of bees purchased from an apiary supplier will contain workers, drones and a queen to populate your home hive.
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Backyard beekeeping can be very rewarding.
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The basic construction of a hive keeps bees healthy and productive, providing both the bees and the beekeeper with sweet honey.
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