You’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Maybe this will be a family endeavor or a mission never to need to buy honey again.
Understand there must be a shift in your mindset when thinking about becoming a beekeeper. If you have already started doing your research, you have probably seen the phrase “don’t be a bee-haver.”
While that topic within the beekeeping community varies around what does it mean to be a beekeeper and what does a “lazy” beekeeper do. A more passive beekeeper could be defined as someone who is in it for the hobby of beekeeping and probably isn’t someone looking to scale a local honey business. They simply want to “have bees.”
But a responsible beekeeper, no matter the purpose of their hives, keeps up with the maintenance and care of their bees.
A responsible beekeeper is also well aware of the commitment. Not only is there a commitment to the initial investment of getting started—the necessary equipment, the cost of the bees, the structure for the hives, but there is also the commitment to time, energy, and continual education of being a beekeeper.
The first thing you need to do is do your research. You are not going to know everything bit of knowledge about keeping bees in one internet search. It takes time to educate yourself and it doesn’t stop when you get your bees and put on your brand-new beekeeper suit.
We recommend that anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper join a local beekeeping club. Whether you know it or not, almost every state has a beekeepers’ association and many, many communities have beekeeping clubs and offer classes on the in’s and out’s of keeping bees.
The next thing you want to do after starting your beekeeper education is to look into investing in your equipment. Beginners typically want to have a beekeeper suit handy. If you haven’t spent a lot of time around an active hive, you may feel a little intimidated by your new hobby. No one really wants to get stung if it can be avoided. More experienced beekeepers can be seen checking their hives with their regular attire, but there is a chance a little honey bee could get caught in the folds of your clothes.
You’ll also want to look into the housing for your bees. With each nuc we sell, it includes five frames in a plastic shipping box that can house the bees for the first couple of days, but you will want to have your housing already set up to transfer them into their new home.
Lastly, get your bees and let them get to work! As your new hive buzzes with life, you will want to do frequent checks on the health of the bees and the queen.
And be active! Connect with other beekeepers in your area or online. Not everyone understands the life of a beekeeper, but the ones who do can offer some great insight and comradery in the shared art of beekeeping.
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