New To Beekeeping? Here's an FAQ For 'Bee'-ginners
When it comes to raising your own bees, many are put off because of their inaccurate perceptions and think of it as complicated and time-consuming. While it does require quite a bit of knowledge to understand the beekeeping process, anybody can become a seasoned beekeeper with some effort and dedication. Here are some answers to common questions about beekeeping equipment and beekeeping tools.
- What equipment is necessary to start beekeeping?
This question has a number of different answers. The truth is, many beekeeping kits are filled with things that some beekeepers may rarely or never use. Experts say that all you truly need to get started with beekeeping is a bee hive smoker, protective clothing, and a hive tool. Of course, you may want to invest in more advanced equipment when you start to develop your skills or acquire more hives.
- How do I buy my bees?
Bees are available at a variety of locations, but many advise against purchasing them online. They say it can be difficult both to ascertain quality and to send them back to the seller if there is an issue with them. Experts recommend buying local. Not only will you be able to inspect the bees before committing to buy them, but you can ask any questions you have to the professional beekeeper onsite. Often times local bees will be better acclimated to your region than bees ordered over the internet.
- How much honey should I expect?
Unfortunately, first-time beekeepers can't expect to get much Raw organic honey during their first year. This is because the bees are using the wax to build up their combs. You should also know that on average, a honey bee will produce one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, and it takes eight pounds of nectar to make just one pound of wax, so patience is a virtue when it comes to beekeeping. Honeybeesonline.com says: "Certainly some first year hives can produce a full crop of honey, maybe 70-200 pounds of honey. But this would be in a perfect situation, or from a second year hive. So it is better to have no honey expectations the first year...year two is when you can expect much more."
Ultimately, it's important to know all the basic information about beekeeping before you get started. But one of the best benefits is that you'll get to harvest your own delicious and organic honey.