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He walked up to the beehive in a t-shirt and jeans and gently took out the tray. “Aren’t you worried that they’ll sting you?” I asked. “Nah, my bees know me.” He said.I watched as he took a pocket knife and scraped the top layer of honey comboff. There is something beautiful about fresh warm honey as it flows out. “Looks good doesn’t it” he said, I nodded.He cut out a chunk and handed it to me. I bit it, the taste of wax and what was some of the best honey I had ever before or after tasted filled my mouth.

Beekeeping makes the list as a hobby because even though I have seen many impressive things, I still remember my 6’3’ 220 lb  muscled Rancher  being able to walk up to
a hive and steal honey from bees.  

Below is an intro to beekeeping that has all the wit and excitement of the blandest financial accounting report and is need of a serious rewrite. I think that if you like the idea of beingable to give back to nature and enjoying the fruits that it has to offer this is a good way to do it.

 What is Beekeeping?

Beekeeping
(or apiculture) is the
preservation of bee
colonies, usually in man-made hives, by humans. Most such bees are honey bees
in the genus Apis, but
other honey-producing bees for instance Melipona stingless bees are also kept. An apiarist keeps
bees in order to gather the honey and other products, to pollinate
crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers. A location where bees
are kept is called   “bee yard”.

History of the commercial Beekeeping.

From the birth of beekeeping in the 1600’s until the early
1800’s, we speculate that honey was largely an article of local trade. Most of
the farmers and villagers kept a few colonies of bees in box hives to supply
their own needs and those of some friends, relatives, and neighbors. According
to Pellett (1938), Moses Quinby of New York State was the first
commercial beekeeper in the United States as his sole means of livelihood was
producing and selling honey. Quinby (1864) described the box hives that
he built so that combs of honey could be removed without first killing the
colonies.

How do you begin beekeeping?

Beekeeping can be a very fun and productive activity for
you. Not only does it let you enjoy natural and raw honeycomb, but it can also
provide benefit to you as well as your garden too through pollination. It can
take some time to put together a bee community, but once you do, beekeeping is
comparatively easy. You can get initiated beekeeping by gathering up your hive,
introducing the bees to the hive, and caring for the bee community. Following
are some of the steps that you need to take to start beekeeping.

  • Find out if you are allowed
  • Read books, blogs and forums
  • Visit another beekeepers hives
  • Find a location for your bees
  • Decide on your beekeeping goals
  • Find someone to help you
  • Order your bees
  • Order your equipment
  • Keep, watch and inspect your bees
  • Help your bees survive through the winter and
    into spring

What do you need to begin beekeeping?

  • Assure that you have 1/10th of an
    acre land. Brainstorm the documents regarding your property to check out the
    size of your yard. A typical city-sized lot is about one-tenth of an acre and
    can hold off one bee colony. Make your determination of how many colonies to
    have based on the size of your yard.

  • Analyze the local laws. Inquire local officials,
    a county extension, or a beekeeping association about authorization related to
    bee colonies. Ask questions about rule and regulations on things such as how
    many hives you can have and the minimum amount of space between hives and your
    property line. This can help you from violating city codes or having to pay
    fines

  • Initiate beekeeping projects in the autumn.
    Bees’ behavior is entirely rely upon climate. Use the fall and winter to
    consult books on beekeeping, assemble your supplies to build the hive, and find
    a source for your bees. Introduce your bees to the hive only in the spring as
    the early flowers appear. Initiating your project din the autumn months assures
    your bees can collect nectar and pollen to build up a strong hive in the spring
    and summer.

How to make money beekeeping?

The beekeeping keeping can be fun as well as profitable too
in multiple form, Such as

  1. Farmer wants your bees.

 Some of the extra
money you earn could come from farmers who want to rent your beehives for a few
weeks every year. Yes, farmers want beehives for pollination purposes. They are
willing to pay good money to rent productive hives if it means increasing crop
yields.

  • Commercial pollination services.

Many agricultural architects will pay to have hives
temporarily shoved to their fields to provide pollination services. Hives are
generally abbreviated for service for a period of three to five weeks.

  • Retailing Beeswax.

Beeswax can be transformed into plethora of products
including candles, soap, and lip balm. You’ve probably heard of Burt’s Bees, a
highly successful company that began with the creation of beeswax-based candles
and lip balms. Beeswax prices can change widely based on the quality and color
of the wax.

How much does it cost to begin beekeeping?

Beekeeping is comparably affordable. People often convulse
when told how much is spent to set up a new hive. But it’s really not that much
compared to similar activities. You could spend between $500 and $600 for every
new hive you plant. That’s not bad when you consider how much a cattle breeder
spends on a new cow. Compared to the costs of land management and farming
crops, beekeeping is pretty cheaper.

Beekeeping is also pretty affordable when you compare it to
non-agrarian hobbies. Maybe you are a sports fan who buys season tickets for
your favorite teams. What you spend on a year’s worth of tickets would take a
hobbyist beekeeper several years to spend on his or her pastime.

Conclusively, when anyone just wants to get knowledge about
the average start-up cost for starting a beekeeper by buying
bees instead of catching the swarm, one come to know that it
expectedly require around $500 for the very first hive, and around $300 for every
additional hive. If one want to take benefit of an offering
like a “beginner kit”, and then buy a “package of bees”,
the one can easily involve into the process of beekeeping for
amount even less than $500. Therefore, it’s strongly suggested that one must
not start beekeeping with just single hive. This recommendation is
supported by dozens of surveys on beekeeping.

Why should you beekeeping?

Beekeepers often try to give explanation to the people that
they enjoy beekeeping because it is a good hobby. But then these people would
ask what makes it so good. After having the same conversations for a long time,
the beekeeper finally decides to sit down and actually figure out what is so
good about the bobby. After all, if he or she could figure out ways to explain
why beekeeping is good, it might be enough to convince others to take up the
hobby. Following are some of the reasons why should we start beekeeping.

  1. Bees Make Honey

Believe it or not, the number one contend that gets most
hobbyists into beekeeping is the fact that bees make honey. This first reason
sounds like something Captain Obvious would say. But that doesn’t negate the
fact that people pursue beekeeping because they want what comes out of that
hive.

  1. Bees Are Happy
    Everywhere

Bees are in feeling of elation everywhere. They don’t care
if they live in the city, the suburbs, or in any country. As long as they have
a safe place to nest and water and food, bees are happy. The biggest worry
would be making sure that there is nothing around your hives that will agitate
the bees.

  1. Bees Are Great for Your
    Yard

Looking out your back window probably show up a bunch of
plants and trees. Keeping bees is best for those plants and trees. Remember
that bees are pollinators. Having a couple of hives in your backyard will work
as magicians for all the natural foliage you love so much.

  1. Beekeeping Is Relaxing

This next reason beekeeping is good is probably a matter of
personal preference. Here it is: many find beekeeping incredibly relaxing.
There is something unique about going out to tend to hives first thing in the
morning or just as the sun is going down in the evening. The gentle buzz of the
bees creates a soothing sound that helps the beekeeper completely unwind.

  1. Beekeeping Is
    Educational

Beekeeping is an informational experience as well. The
learning never ends. Beekeeping learning begins with investigating the
difference between starter hives and bee kits. It brings up vast knowledge
about queens, workers, and drones. Then there is the bee’s lifecycle, and how
that life cycle affects the health and productivity of a hive.

What else do I need to know?

As a beginner you will always be learning. If you stop
learning you are doing it wrongly. As a natural beekeeper you are joining an
ever-growing and varying beekeeping culture that is still not well understood
by beekeeping community. You may be scoffed for your choice of hive designs or
methods, but take comfort for the fact that a shift toward treatment-free,
bee-friendly beekeeping is just start, even among long-time traditional
beekeepers. Join a local beekeeping organization, even if they don’t prefer
your beekeeping methods or philosophy. Work to coach them on your methods and
you may win a convert. There is also more to learn from long time beekeepers
instead of some of their disinterest in top bar or Ware beekeeping.

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