It makes no difference if you are a man, woman, or younger child, or a person with a handicap you can become a beekeeper, whether you live in the Big City, the Suburbs, or out in the countryside !
Honeybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on hot days, the smell of honey, wafting through the air within ten feet of the hive. They increase pollination in your yard and therefore increase your yields from fruit trees and vegetables. You may also harvest honey (gallons per year), beeswax, pollen, and propolis from the hive. Your own honey will provide you a tasty treat for your home table as well as a gift
for relatives, friends or neighbors. I never knew of anyone to turn
down a free jar of honey !
Your first step is to
learn all about honey bees. You need to learn
about the three kinds of honey bees that you
will find living inside a beehive - the Drone,
the Worker and the Queen.
Honey bees are highly specialized and a
functioning hive needs each of the hive
members to perform their job well, or the hive
will not survive and prosper. They must work
as a team and be willing to sacrifice
themselves if need be to keep the hive alive
Some people develop beekeeping into a profitable sideline providing themselves with some extra supplemental income.
As long as you are mobile enough to get around
your yard by one means or another, there is no reason why (with maybe a
little help from a friend or relative for lifting hive boxes) you
cannot take up beekeeping along with anyone else. See Beekeeping With A Handicap
Beekeeping can provide you with a lifetime
interest that will keep you learning something new everyday, as well as
providing you with many pleasurable moments of relief from the daily
stresses of living and working.
Bees At The White House [ You Tube Video ]
Always remember one thing - The Bees have been doing what they do for thousands of years and 'know what they are doing'. We beekeepers often screw them up because we think we know more then they do :-) ! Our job is really to provide a good place to live and help them out in an emergency.
So .... let's get started to learn how to begin
beekeeping. Check out the menu above and start out now to find
out who lives inside that beehive and what they do in there. Many illustrative videos about various aspects of beekeeping are offered throughout the site.
What should you do if you acquire used beehives ?
Honey Bee News - [ Some bees are thrill seekers ] updated March 10, 2012
Learn about Top Bar Hive Beekeeping - a different way of keeping bees that is economically inexpensive and environmentally sound.
Do you have a question about honey bees or beekeeping ? Visit our "Ask The Beekeeper" page !
Honey Bees need a good nearby source of water. Visit Our Water Garden Blog