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Important DIY Bee Keeping Tips

Updated on July 15, 2010

Beekeeping has several benefits.One is the honey made by the bees.The other is the money made from selling the products of the bees and the bees themselves.If you looking to venture into bee keeping and conduct it from the backyard of your home, here are some do it yourself instructions.

Reading is the first thing you ought to do if you are to succeed in rearing bees.Before you buy such beekeeping equipment as smokers and hives make sure you clearly understand how the colony works as well as the problems you are likely to encounter.More over, verify what the local law says about bee keeping.At this point, you may then purchase beekeeping equipment.One necessary equipment piece that you require is the hive.You have the option of buying one that is already assembled or you may put it together yourself.If you decide to put one together, you will require a bottom board, queen excluder, supers, frames, inner and outer covers as well as a hive body.Instructions on how to make a hive may be obtained from the internet.Protective clothing, feeders and smokers are other equipment that you will also need to buy.If you are a beginner, it is important that starts with a small hive.Huge hives hold scores of bees, which can overwhelm you particularly if you are only a novice.

Take the time to visit a beekeeping farm.As opposed to only reading about it, you could learn more from watching a beekeeper at work.Next, you can acquire the honeybees.You may buy them online or from other individuals who keep bees.Honeybees that are buy online are transported in parcels that weigh between two and five pounds that hold 15 000 bees.If you are first timer, you should start by buying your bees.When you get accustomed to handling bees, you can then capture swarms that have branched from other colonies and acclimatize them to your hives.Once the bees have settled in be sure to feed and medicate them.This ought to be carried out in the first sixty days.You should also be sure to inspect the hives on a growth and disease symptoms habitually.You could gather the honeycombs and honey once the bees have made adequate amounts of it.You can do this in two ways.Use a honey extractor or cut chunk of the comb from the frame and wrap it in plastic.

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      VagabondE 

      8 years ago from Hitting the road again

      Colony collapse disorder has really hurt the bee keepers in the US. Most bee keepers don't bother with honey they truck the bees around for pollination of crops.

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