Is this the year that you become a beekeeper? This is a fantastic hobby that is enjoyable and has multiple benefits. Knowing that you want to become a beekeeper takes time and preparation. First step is to check your local community to see if there are any restrictions or ordinances on having bee hives.Good to Go? Here are some quick tips to help you.
- Find a reputable Company from which to get bees.
- Decide how many hives you want to begin with.
Starting with two allows for interchanging frames, more pollination, and a lot more fun.
- Know what to do if you are stung. Have a plan in place because allergies can develop over time. Even for the people that have never shown any reaction it only takes one sting to become allergic.
It is possible to go an entire year or years without being stung; however at some point it will happen..
- Every region is different in terms of what needs to be done month to month.
Check with your local bee club.
When do I start my bee hives?
You want to have all your equipment ready and your hives built before you order your bees.You want to start your hives as early in the spring as possible. Starting in early spring allows for your bee colony to build numbers before summer (pollen season).
Where do I place my hive?
You want to place your hive in an area with good ventailation. Having your hive level on firm, dry land is recommended as well as a good water supply for your thirsty bees. Avoid full sun light and areas that have strong wind gusts (especially during harsh winters).
What size do I get?
The traditional 10-frame hive or you can go with the smaller 8-frame hive. The 8-frame is associated as a lighter hive that is easier to manipulate. Because it is smaller in size does not mean the colony will be smaller. 8-frame hives simply expand upwards sooner than 10-frame hives which expand outwards. Some beekeepers like to use nine frames in the 10-frame super to allow for the bees to draw the comb deeper (produces more honey).