Everything you ever wanted to know about raising bees


Raising bees is a lot of fun, but you probably don’t want to take up this hobby unless you know for a fact that you aren’t allergic to them.  Of course, this involves being stung at some point in your life, which you may not want to do.  But if you do decide to try your hand at raising bees, just be prepared for the possibility of being stung one day, even if you don’t yet know whether or not you’re allergic to bees.


Beekeeping is quite an expensive hobby, so you’ve got to be committed to raising bees once you get started.  However, having your own fresh supply of honey all the time may certainly be worth the cost if your family loves honey.  You may also want to consider raising bees if you have a garden.  Bees play a vital role in fertilizing flowers, so beekeeping has vast benefits for gardeners who grow flowers, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and berries of any kind.


Before you get started, research the laws about raising bees in your state.  Some states require a license, so you don’t want to end up with a ticket if you’re caught beekeeping without a license.  Once you’re sure that you’re in compliance with your state laws about beekeeping, it’s time to start gathering the supplies you’ll need for your new hobby.  There are many reputable websites that offer beginner’s kits for this hobby.  These kits can sell for anywhere between $200 and $500.  To start your colony, you’ll also need to purchase a package of bees.  This package contains a queen bee and some honey bees to get you started.  It’s very important that you don’t try to capture your own bees to start because the African bee is beginning to become more widespread across the United States.  The African bee is a lot more dangerous than the honey bee, so it’s best to purchase your bees from a reputable supplier.


Honey bees feed from flowers, so keeping plenty of flowering plants in your yard will ensure that they have plenty to eat.  However, bees can fly up to a couple of miles from their colony, so don’t worry if it seems that many of your bees are gone at the same time.  They may simply be scouting other supplies of food in nearby yards.


When it comes time to harvest the honey made by your bees, make sure you’ve got all of your equipment ready.  Start by using a bee brush to brush the bees off of the honeycomb.  You might also try using a very bright light to attract any straggler bees away from the honeycomb.  Then just break the honeycomb right off.  You can also use a serrated bread knife to make your cut. 


Raising bees can be a very fun experience, but you should always practice safety when handling bees, especially if you are allergic to them or don’t know if you are. 


 

 


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