Beginner Beekeeper's Guide

The Essential Beekeeping smore

Introduction

Keeping Bees is an easy hobbie- once you get the hang of it. If you want to learn the basics of it, read this smore.

Table of contents

  1. The right place
  2. Getting things ready
  3. The hive
  4. Installing the Bees
  5. The first inspection
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1. The right place

When you get your bees you want to have the right place to put them. The spot where you put them should Have not too much shade, but also not too much sun. Make sure you have a water source nearby; If not, Buy an automatic water source. If you're area doesn't allow bees, Try clever disguises like pretending your hive is a piece of furniture, or a tiny storage box. If you live in the city Try putting your hive on your garage roof. Explore your apartment building and look to see if there are any entrances besides inside your apartment building. You do not want dripping honey and loose bees a problem. If your yard is small, you should explore your neighborhood and look for places that would make good bee yards. When you find the right place, contact the owner and ask them if you can examine their yard. Then mark the spot where you will put your hive.

2. Getting things ready

When you have found the right place, you should buy your hive. Place your hive where you marked the spot. Organize the hive parts in order (Shown in chapter 3). Here is a list of what you need: Hive tool, Smoker, Feeder, Hive, Brush, Frames, Veil, Gloves, Suit, and smoker Fuel (Pine Needles are my fuel of choice). You want to have everything ready before you start. Frames with plastic foundation should be waxed, But I also heard from Brushy Mtn. bee farm, Not the website, but the actual people there that you can also put sugar syrup on the frames. If you have wax foundation, you're fine. Fill your Feeder with sugar syrup too. Here are the directions to lighting a good smoker fire:
Now that you know how to smoke your bees, you need to prepare your hive. Clean the inside, Make a stand, and add the foundation to the frames (If you don't have some already). Here is how you make a good stand:

Here are the things that you need: Two Cinder Blocks, Two 2x4s. Stack the Cinder blocks on top of each other and then place the 2x4s side by side on top of the cinder blocks.

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3. The hive

The hive is a very important thing bee-cause it provides shelter for the bees. It also has a lot of parts. In this chapter, I am giving you information about all of the parts of a langstroth hive.

4. Installing the bees

When you get a colony, you should know how to put them in your hive. These are good steps to installing your bees.


1. Take out five frames your hive.



2. make sure you have a good hold on the can before thumping the cage. If not, it may fall of the support below, if there is one.



3. Remove the queen cage carefully. Don't drop her, if you can help it. Don't let the bees unnerve you. Gently shake or blow them off the cage.



4. When the queen's cage is free of worker bees, put it in your pocket to keep her warm and for safe keeping.


5. Quickly and carefully dump the bees into the space created by the missing frames. Shake the bees a bit to get them to come out, but don't worry about every last bee. You'll get them later.



6. If your cage comes equipped with a hook or wire, loop it over a top bar, off center, and hang the cage so the screen faces the opening between frames. Consider securing it to the top bar with duct tape or a staple. You can't be to careful with a bug as an expensive queen The tape will make sure your queen stays where she should. If there isn't a wire or tab, and often there isn't one that works for installing in a package, use rubber bands.




7. If you are lucky and have drawn comb in the frames in the box above the box you dump the bees into, install the queen in the upper of two boxes. The queen's cage should be placed between frames in the top box, with the screen facing down, and the cage actually resting on the lips of the bottom bars. Squeeze the two frames together to embedd the cage.

About Ettore Buzzini

I, Ettore Buzzini have had bees for about 4 months now, and I also had a wealth of Information from the book, The Backyard Beekeeper 3rd Edition. About a year ago, I had made a beehive from sheetrock and cardboard. Then I really got Interested int bees. For Christmas I got a beehive, and then in April, I got my Nuc from Sweet Wings Honey Farm.