Beginning Beekeeping: What You Need to Know to Get Started


| 6/29/2016 1:38:00 PM


Beekeeping for Beginners

Taking an interest in keeping beehives means you have the opportunity to support your local ecosystem by providing a safe space for our most important pollinators. Honeybees are a vibrant part of nature, and their skilled pollination is only surpassed by the nutritious honey they produce.

Keeping bees requires knowledge, time and effort, and with high-quality resources, you can learn to create a wonderful, productive habitat for bees.

Develop knowledge. Because you will be caring for living creatures, it’s important to understand how to keep your beehive healthy and thriving. There are many resources for you to use to build your knowledge and make your plans for starting your beekeeping adventure. Books and magazines specific to the hobby or profession of beekeeping will provide you with detailed information and help you to gain resources to move forward with your beehive.

Find local mentors. If you are lucky enough to have a local beekeeping association in your community, this is an invaluable resource for learning. Not only can you find local beekeeping enthusiasts who are eager to share their knowledge, you can have the opportunity to see beekeeping in action. Seeing different types of hives in use and observing beekeeping tools and methods will help you to more quickly feel ready to start your own beehive.



Choose your equipment. Local beekeepers can also help you to identify resources for purchasing or borrowing hives, tools and equipment. The type of hive you choose to use is also an important consideration, as each type requires different maintenance methods. Some types of hives may be more readily available in your area, and local beekeepers can help you decide which type of hive will work best for you.

scfritz
5/21/2018 2:46:21 PM

At our work, we just bought our first nuc two and a half weeks ago. We are wondering if we are supposed to 1) kill the drones (to cut down on mites?) 2) cut off the extra comb so it doesn't stick two trays together or the floor to the trays?






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