By: Susan Burgess, CBC News
When bees are cooped up in a hive because of wet weather, they’re more likely to ‘swarm,’ a phenomenon where half the colony leaves the hive with the queen. Less honey is produced by the remaining bees until the population replenishes. (Vickie Walsh)
Beekeepers across the provi…
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Beekeeping can either be a full time profession or an easy hobby. However, more often than not, what started as a hobby would become a profession. But you cannot just tell and decide yourself that you will start to do beekeeping. Before beginning on any hobby or profession, you need to have sufficient knowledge and comprehension on the subject that you’re going to enter. Then it is about time to indulge yourself in your line of interest, if you have been putting off your interest in beekeeping for a long time. Bee farming may not seem difficult; by learning the basic beekeeping lessons, you can be got away to a great beginning.
What does a beekeeper should know?
You should have interest that is total on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You should have also agreed to share your home space with the bees. There are potential dangers in beekeeping that can harm not only you but your family also. Your focus is not only to earn money by selling honey; a good beekeeper should have a keen interest and fire in raising bees.
An apiarist should know the right place for the beehives. The place must have sufficient sources of nectar for the bees to get. You have to make sure that beekeeping is enabled in your area, if you decide to place your beehives at your backyard. There are several places restricted to beekeeping; you should get permission about this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies are offered in the area where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you have to go to a neighborhood beekeeping store; it’s best that a nearby beekeeping shop is accessible.
Equipment and protective supplies will also be important for beekeepers to understand. Know the appropriate suit to pick to keep you from any possible danger in beekeeping.
Last but definitely not the least, among the beekeeping lessons you have to know is that: it is not unimportant for the beekeeper to understand the proper way of harvesting honey. In case you are not able to harvest honey all the beekeeping efforts would be futile. A beekeeper should know the procedures in collecting the honey in the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.