Last week Emma and I met up to check on our two hives. It was a warm day for November and we wanted to make sure our larger colony was set up well for winter, with not too much empty space which the bees might struggle to heat.
Here’s Emma glowing as she lights up the smoker. Particularly toasty feet – she had two pairs of socks on!
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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 become a profession. But you cannot simply tell and determine yourself that you will start to do beekeeping. You need to have satisfactory knowledge and comprehension on the area that you are going to enter, before beginning on any hobby or profession. Then it’s about time to indulge yourself, if you really have been putting off your interest in beekeeping for a long time. Bee farming may look easy; by learning the basic beekeeping lessons, you can be got away to a good start.
What does a beekeeper should know?
You should have total interest on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You should have consented to share your home space with the bees. There are possible risks in beekeeping that can hurt you but your family also. Your focus isn’t just to earn money by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have fire and a keen interest in rearing bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right place for the beehives. You need to make sure beekeeping is enabled in your town, if you decide to place your beehives at your backyard. There are several places confined to beekeeping; you need to get permission about this.
Beekeepers must understand whether beekeeping supplies can be found in the region where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you have to visit a local beekeeping shop; it is best that a nearby beekeeping store is not inaccessible.
Equipment and protective gear can also be important for beekeepers to know. Understand the appropriate suit to select to keep you from any potential risk in beekeeping.
Last but definitely not the least, among the beekeeping lessons you need to find out is that: it is very important to the beekeeper to know the proper manner of harvesting honey. All the beekeeping attempts would be ineffective if you are unable to harvest honey. A beekeeper should know the procedures in gathering the honey from the comb; beeswax is also part of the returns in beekeeping.