20th Mar 2014
A lecture given by Mike Palmer at the National Honey Show 2013 entitled “Queen Rearing in the Sustainable Apiary”.
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Beekeeping can be a full time profession or an easy hobby. Yet, more often than not, what began as a hobby would become a profession. But you cannot only tell and determine yourself that you will start to do beekeeping. You need to have adequate knowledge and comprehension on the area that you’re going to enter, before beginning on any hobby or profession. If you’ve been putting off your interest in beekeeping for quite a while, then it is about time to indulge yourself. Bee farming may not appear difficult; by learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons, you can be got away to a good beginning.
What does a beekeeper must know?
You should have interest that is total on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You should have agreed to share your house space. There are possible risks in beekeeping that can hurt you but your family also. If you decide to allow the bees inside your living space, then you must know the supplies and equipment that you will use for beekeeping. Your focus is not only to make money by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have a keen interest and passion in rearing bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right place for the beehives. The area must have adequate sources of nectar for the bees to get. You have to make sure that beekeeping is allowed in your area if you decide to place your beehives at your backyard. There are several places limited to beekeeping; you should get permission about this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies are available in the place where the beehives are situated. When you have to attend a neighborhood beekeeping shop you may never know; it’s best that a nearby beekeeping shop is not inaccessible.
Equipment and protective tools will also be important for beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the right outfit must be worn during beekeeping sessions. Understand the right type of suit to choose to keep you from any potential risk in beekeeping.
Last but definitely not the least, among the beekeeping lessons you have to know is that: it’s essential for the beekeeper to know the appropriate way of harvesting honey. All the beekeeping attempts would be futile in case you are unable to harvest honey from your bees. The procedures should be known by a beekeeper in gathering the honey from the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.