Rick Cheverton, a beekeeper in Knoxville, Tennessee just finished his wintertime project: four gorgeous homemade bee hives with all the accoutrements. Rick shares his thought process and explains some of the changes he made from standard designs. All text and photos below are courtesy of Rick. Winter’s work is done, and I’m just waiting for […] Read more
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Beekeeping can either be a full time profession or a hobby that is simple. Yet, more often than not, what started as a hobby would become a profession. But you cannot merely decide and tell yourself you will begin to do beekeeping. Before starting on any avocation or profession, you need to have adequate knowledge and understanding on the field that you’re going to enter. If you have been putting off your curiosity about beekeeping for quite a long time, then it’s about time to indulge yourself in your line of interest. Bee farming may appear easy; learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons can allow you to get off to a great start.
What does a beekeeper need to understand?
First, you should have total interest on beekeeping to begin at the right foot. You should have also agreed to share your dwelling space with the bees. There are possible risks in beekeeping that can hurt you but your family too. Your focus is not just to earn money by selling honey; a great beekeeper should have fire and a keen interest in raising bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right place for the beehives. You need to make sure that beekeeping is allowed in your town, if you decide to put your beehives at your backyard. There are several places confined to beekeeping; you should get permission concerning this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies are available in the region where the beehives are situated. You may never understand when you need to attend a local beekeeping shop; it is best that a nearby beekeeping shop is not inaccessible.
Equipment and protective tools may also be very important to beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the ideal ensemble must be worn during beekeeping sessions. This will decrease the chances of being stung by your bees. Know the appropriate suit to pick to keep you from any possible risk in beekeeping.
All the beekeeping efforts would be futile if you’re unable to harvest honey. A beekeeper ought to know the procedures in collecting the honey from the comb; beeswax is also part of the returns in beekeeping.