On Saturday I went to the Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations annual ‘Federation Day‘. Each year the Middlesex associations (Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, North London, Pinner & Ruislip) take it in turn to host a day of beekeeping talks; this year it was Ealing’s turn, which was nice as last year it took me nearly three hours to reach Enfield!
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Beekeeping can be a full time profession or an easy hobby. However, more often than not, what began as a hobby would turn into a profession. But you cannot simply tell and determine yourself that you will begin to do beekeeping. You need to have satisfactory knowledge and understanding on the field that you’re going to enter before beginning on any avocation or profession. If you’ve been putting off your curiosity about beekeeping for a long time, then it’s about time to indulge yourself. Bee farming may seem simple; learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons can allow you to get away to a great start.
What does a beekeeper must know?
You should have interest that is complete on beekeeping to start at the right foot. You should have agreed to share your house space with the bees. There are potential risks in beekeeping that can damage not only you but your family as well. Your focus is not just to make money by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have fire and a keen interest in rearing bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right location for the beehives. The place must have adequate sources of nectar for the bees to get. You need to make sure beekeeping is allowed in your area if you decide to place your beehives at your backyard. There are several places confined to beekeeping; you should get permission concerning this.
Beekeepers must understand whether beekeeping supplies are available in the region where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you have to go to a nearby beekeeping store; it is best that a nearby beekeeping shop is not inaccessible.
Equipment and protective gear will also be essential for beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the correct outfit must be worn during beekeeping sessions. This will lessen the chances of being stung by your bees. Know the right type of suit to choose to keep you from any potential danger in beekeeping.
Last but definitely not the least, among the beekeeping lessons you have to know is that: it’s not unimportant for the beekeeper to know the appropriate manner of harvesting honey. In case you are not able to harvest honey all the attempts that are beekeeping would be futile. The methods should be known by a beekeeper in collecting the honey from the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.