Type of Hive So you’ve decided that beekeeping is for you and you have made the decision that you want to get some bees. Where does one go after that? The first thing to do is decide on is what type of hive you are going to use. Here again, the range of options is … Read more Beehive Components & Parts – Beginners Guide
Types of Honeybees There are over twenty thousand different types of bee, and yet only seven of those are honeybees. From time to time, when you discuss the decline in bees that we are currently witnessing, someone will tell you that bee loss is overdramatized and that there are plenty of other pollinators that can … Read more What kind of honey bees should I get?
Building the Beehives For the amateur who is simply beginning with honey bees, purchasing all new beekeeping hardware with packaged honey bees is an ideal approach to begin. A setup hive can make issues for the beginner in certain areas, for example, swarm control, re-queening, and state preventatives. Purchasing new gear will permit you to … Read more Step-by-Step Guide (2020) to Start Your Own Bee Colony
Beekeeping is the art, or science, depending on how you view things, of rearing and keeping bees in manmade hives. It is a subject that can be so complicated that people devote their entire lives to its study and yet so simple that man has been able to practice it for thousands of years. Whether … Read more What is beekeeping (apiculture) and how it is done?
Points to Consider Before making your final decision as to whether you would like to keep bees, ask yourself the following questions: Do you have space in your garden or in an area like a roof terrace where you can place a beehive? Is the site suitably sheltered from inclement weather? Do you have somewhere … Read more Could a Beehive Pose problem to your Immediate Neighbors?
Prevention and Cure Unfortunately it is a fact of life that bees are subject to certain pests and diseases. As a beginner, you will not be able to spot all the signs, but this section will give you an idea of what to look out for and what action to take. Good hive management is … Read more How to Prevent common Pests and Diseases in Honey Bees
To get the best result from your homemade beeswax, take note of the following advice: Never use iron, zinc, brass, or copper containers to melt the beeswax since these metals can discolor the finished product. Do not allow the wax to boil since this not only makes the finished product brittle but also creates a … Read more How to Make the Perfect Beeswax at Home
Manuka Honey Manuka honey is made from the nectar gathered from the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scopar- ium), a wild shrub indigenous to New Zealand. Although your bees will not have access to manuka bushes, this honey is worth knowing about. While it is recognized that honey is generally good for you, manuka honey in particular … Read more What makes Manuka Honey and Heather Honey so special?
Honey Stores One of the most common questions asked by novice beekeepers is how much honey they can expect. The answer to this question depends on the weather, how prolific the nectar flow was for that year, how you manage the hive, and the health of your colony. You can help your bees to store … Read more How much Honey can be expected from a new Hive?
Your First Year Unlike most calendars, this one starts the beekeeper’s year in June. Assuming you are new to your hobby, this is around the time you will have received your first nucleus. Although you will need to manage your hive throughout the year, there will be certain times when your intervention is limited because … Read more Detailed Beekeeping Calendar by Seasons – Beginner Friendly Version