Questions before you decide to become a beekeeper
Is beekeeping time consuming?
Not at all! Apart from the treatment of the bee colony, there are in principle no compulsory operations for the beekeeper. He could leave the hive unattended for years and the bees would thrive. However, sooner or later they would get diseases. If you do not need to collect honey, a few hours a year is enough time.
How much honey do I get from one hive?
It depends on the approach of the beekeeper and the weather during the season. You may decide not to take any honey. Or if you are willing to feed the bees with sugar water, you can take all the honey after a beautiful season - 30 kg and more. so that you don't have to feed them sugar.
I'm afraid the bees will sting my children
This can always happen whether the beehive is in the garden or not. However, having a hive in the garden does not significantly increase this chance. The higher chance of a stab is only about 3 meters from the side of the leaflet. By appropriate location of the hive, this risk can be almost completely reduced. Every responsible beekeeper should keep EpiPen at home.
How to start
How to become a beekeeper
You can read books, attend courses, visit a local beekeeper and watch videos. However, you will still gain experience and knowledge only during beekeeping. If you want, you can take our beekeeping course for beginners.
Protective clothing and tools
It doesn't have to be a jumpsuit, but at least gloves and a bee's hat will help you feel comfortable around the bees. The spacer, the smoker and the whisk are fantastic helpers of every beekeeper.
Ideal for a place where people walk less. Access to the hive should not be from the side where the flyer is (entry of bees into the hive). If the hive is close to the neighbor's fence, it's a good idea to agree with him in advance ... a cup of honey to the neighbor every year is the right thank you.
Procurement of bee colony
Bees swarm in the spring. You can buy a swarm online or from local beekeepers. The swarm is best for beginning beekeepers.