By Elina L. Niño (AAPA President), Extension Specialist, University of California ANR Cooperative Extension, Davis, CA, and Michael Simone-Finstrom (AAPA Vice-President), Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Baton Rouge, LA
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Beekeeping can either be a full-time profession or a hobby that is simple. However, more often than not, what started as a hobby would turn into a profession. But you cannot just tell and decide yourself you will start to do beekeeping. Before beginning on any hobby or profession, you need to have adequate knowledge and understanding on the subject that you’re going to enter. Then it’s about time to indulge yourself, if you really have been putting off your curiosity about beekeeping for quite a while. Bee farming may appear simple; learning the basic beekeeping lessons can get you off to a good start.
What does a beekeeper should know?
First, you should have interest that is complete on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You should have agreed to share your dwelling space with the bees. There are potential dangers in beekeeping that can harm not only you but your family also. If you decide to allow the bees inside your living space, then you definitely must know the supplies and gear you will use for beekeeping. Your focus is not just to make money by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have fire and a keen interest in raising bees.
An apiarist should know the right place for the beehives. You have to make sure that beekeeping is allowed in your town if you decide to set your beehives at your backyard. There are several places restricted to beekeeping; you have to get permission concerning this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies can be found in the region where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you need to visit a neighborhood beekeeping shop; it is best that a nearby beekeeping store is reachable.
Equipment and protective gear are also very important to beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the proper outfit must be worn during beekeeping sessions. Know the right type of suit to pick to keep you from any possible risk in beekeeping.
If you are incapable to harvest honey all the beekeeping efforts would be useless. A beekeeper ought to know the methods in collecting the honey in the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.