There are different diseases that can affect a beehive, some more dangerous and deadly than the others but each requiring certain very specific measures to overcome the afflictions. American Foulbrood One of the most contagious and deadly of all the diseases affecting the bees is the American Foulbrood or AFB. Exposure to Paenibacillus larvae bacteria … Read more Chalkbrood Disease and other Infections in Honey bees
A thriving bee colony and, in turn, a thriving beekeeping business can only be enjoyed by meticulous attention to the care of the honeybees. If proper care is not taken, bees can suffer in several different ways affecting your overall beekeeping process, your harvests and the complete business set up as a whole. There are … Read more Everything about Swarming and Colony Collapse Disorder
What must be your focus when you are beekeeping? This one important factor largely dictates your approach to beekeeping. Are you in it for business? Or are you simply fascinated by bees and wish to further a good cause toward humans and the earth by keeping bees? If you are into beekeeping for business alone, … Read more How do you harvest Royal Jelly, Propolis and Honey from Bees?
CHAPTER 4 : THE BEEKEEPING PROCESS After setting up your hive structure in the position of your choice, now begins the actual beekeeping process. We have assembled the hive and positioned it correctly; the next step is to introduce the bees into the hive. Acquiring the Bees Getting the bees for your colony can be … Read more Monitoring a Top Bar Hive—From Spring Through Winter
CHAPTER 3 : BUILDING YOUR OWN HIVE For the purpose of beekeeping, you could either buy a ready-made hive or build your own. Many beekeepers prefer to build their own hives as this is more cost effective. If you are following a Top bar design, or even a Langstroth hive design for that matter, it … Read more Are top bar hives better than Langstroth Hive – Pros and Cons
CHAPTER 2 : UNDERSTANDING BEES The first step to ensure your beekeeping project succeeds is to make sure you gather as much knowledge and understanding as you can about bees. A thorough understanding about your subjects will arm you with the necessary knowledge to handle any and all situations that might arise in your beekeeping … Read more Types or Castes of Honey bees and How to Identify them
If you want to keep bees in order to pollinate crops, here are some things that you should know. The Process The process of pollination is a simple one. The male part of the plant, the stamen, makes pollen, which is used to fertilize the stigma, the top portion of the pistil, or female plant … Read more What Effect on Pollination Do the Bees Have?
If you are just starting out as a beekeeper, you probably want to know how best to manage your bee colony. The short answer is that you shouldn’t try to, unless you have to! Bees are fairly self-sustaining and too much interference can actually harm the hive. Nevertheless, there are times when a beekeeper needs … Read more How do you manage bee hives?
If you want to be a beekeeper, you need to start by getting the right equipment for the job. So, let’s break the list down into some easy components. Manuals and References You might not think that manuals and references count as beekeeping equipment, but they are essential. Even the most experienced beekeeper might need … Read more What are the essential Beekeeping Equipment for Beginners?
Beekeepers refer to finding a hive location as “siting.” If you are siting a hive, you really have to understand your bees, your land, yourself, your family, your neighbors, and a lot of other factors, including weather patterns. So here are some tips for properly siting your hive. Consider the Law Just because you own … Read more How do I Choose the Bee Hive Location?