Beekeeping - Getting Started

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How to Plan Your First Beehive Inspection

The weekend has rolled around, and the weather’s great (mild, sunny, and not much wind), so you’ve decided that you’re going to inspect your beehive. But you can’t just dash out and tear the top off the [more…]

How to Open Your Beehive

When opening your beehive for inspection, approach your hive from the side or rear. Avoid walking right in front of it, because the bees shooting out the entrance will collide with you. [more…]

The Benefits of Beekeeping

Honey is by no means the only reason folks are attracted to beekeeping. For a long time, agriculture has recognized the value of pollination by bees. Without the bees’ help, many commercial crops would [more…]

How to Know if You’d Make a Good Beekeeper

How do you know whether you’d make a good beekeeper? Is beekeeping the right hobby for you? Here are a few things worth considering as you consider beekeeping as a honey-producing pastime. [more…]

How to Identify the Basic Body Parts of Honey Bees

Everyone knows about at least one part of the honey bee’s anatomy: its stinger. But you’ll get more out of beekeeping if you understand a little bit about the other various body parts that make up the [more…]

How Honey Bees Communicate

Honey bees make use of five senses throughout their daily lives; however, honey bees have additional communication aids at their disposal. Two of the methods by which honey bees communicate are of particular [more…]

How to Identify the Three Castes of Bees

Three different castes (worker, queen, and drone) make up the total population of a bee hive. Each has its own characteristics, roles, and responsibilities. Upon closer examination, the three types of [more…]

Understanding the Role of the Queen Bee in a Hive

The queen bee is the heart and soul of the honey bee colony. She is the reason for nearly everything the rest of the colony does. The queen is the only bee without which the rest of the colony cannot survive [more…]

Understanding the Role of the Worker Bee in a Hive

The majority of the bee hive’s population consists of worker bees. Like the queen, worker bees are all female. They are smaller, their abdomens are shorter, and on their hind legs they possess [more…]

Understanding the Role of the Drone Bee in a Hive

The drone is the only male bee in the colony. Drones make up a relatively small percentage of the hive’s total population. At the peak of the season, their numbers may be in the hundreds. You rarely find [more…]

Tracking the Life Cycle of a Honey Bee

Honey bees develop in four distinct life cycle phases: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total development time varies a bit among the three castes of bees, but the basic miraculous process is the same: [more…]

How to Identify Stinging Insects

Honey bees usually are gentle in nature, and it’s rare for someone to be stung by a honey bee. Away from their hives, honey bees are nonaggressive. More aggressive insects are the more likely culprits [more…]

How to Overcome the Fear of Being Stung When Beekeeping

Perhaps the best-known part of the bee’s anatomy is its stinger. It may be your biggest apprehension about taking up beekeeping. Even if you’ve never been stung by a honey bee, you may have felt the wrath [more…]

Knowing What to Do If You’re Stung While Beekeeping

An occasional sting is a fact of life for a beekeeper. Following the rules of the road, however, keeps stings to a minimum, or perhaps you’ll get none at all. Yet, if a bee stings you or your clothing, [more…]

How to Ease the Minds of Family and Neighbors When Beekeeping

Many people among the general public are ignorant about honey bees. Having been stung by hornets and yellow jackets, they assume having any kind of bee nearby spells trouble. Not true. It’s up to you to [more…]

Where to Keep Your Hives When Beekeeping

You can keep honey bees just about anywhere: in the countryside, in the city, in a corner of the garden, by the back door, in a field, on the terrace, or even on an urban rooftop. You don’t need a great [more…]

Comparing Honey Flavor and Geographical Area

The type of honey you eat usually is classified by the primary floral sources from which the bees gathered the nectar. A colony hived in the midst of a huge orange grove collects nectar from the orange [more…]

How to Identify the Basic Woodenware Parts of a Beehive

Woodenware refers to the various components that collectively result in the beehive. Traditionally these components are made of wood, but some manufacturers offer synthetic versions of these same components [more…]

How to Order Beehive Kits and Parts

Beekeepers use all kinds of fantastic tools, gadgets, and equipment. Quite frankly, part of the fun of beekeeping is putting your hive together and using the paraphernalia that goes with it. The makings [more…]

How to Add Feeders to Your Beehive

Feeders are used to offer sugar syrup to your bees when the nectar flow is minimal or nonexistent. They also provide a convenient way to medicate your bees [more…]

Choosing Tools and Accessories for Your Beehive

All kinds of gadgets, gizmos, and doodads are available to the beekeeper. Many different mail order establishments offer beekeeping supplies, and a number of excellent ones are now on the Internet. Some [more…]

How to Obtain Your Initial Bee Colony

You’ll need some bees if you’re going to be a beekeeper. But where do they come from? You have several different options when it comes to obtaining your bees. Some are good; others are not so good. Here [more…]

What to Do the Day Your Bees Arrive

You may not know the exact day that your honey bees will arrive, but many suppliers at least let you know the approximate day they plan to ship your package bee colony. [more…]

How to Choose Bees for Your Hive

You can choose from many different races and hybrids of honey bees. Each strain has its own pluses and minuses. The following list acquaints you with some of the more common types of bees. Most of these [more…]

How to Put Your Bees in the Hive

As a new beekeeper, one of your first steps is actually putting your bees in their new hive. Take your time and enjoy the experience. You’ll find that the bees are docile and cooperative. Read the instructions [more…]

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