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New To Beekeeping? Here Are Some Dos And Don'ts To Keep In Mind

Beekeeping is a recreational and environmental hobby that is quickly growing in popularity. In fact, the USDA reports that as of 2014, the number of colonies managed by beekeepers was at the highest it has been in 20 years. It's relatively simple to get started with beekeeping, but it's also important to know what to expect from your first hives.
Want to learn more about this highly rewarding hobby? Here are just a few dos and don'ts about beekeeping for beginners.

DO: Suit up with protective beekeeping equipment

Many of the more advanced beekeepers choose to forego their beekeeping equipment in lieu of experience. However, protective beekeeping equipment is an absolutely must for beginners because they don't quite know how to properly handle the bees and hives with care. Beekeeping gloves help protect your hands from bee stings, as can a beekeeper hat and other protective beekeeping tools. Again, as your skill and comfort level working with bees grows, you can choose to wear only the protective beekeeping equipment you feel is necessary.

DON'T: Forget to check zoning laws

One critical step of the beekeeping process involves checking zoning laws. You want to make sure you're legally allowed to keep beehives on your property and that your property has adequate space to manage the hives. You should also know that typically, two hives per one tenth of an acre is what's allowed. While urban beekeeping is growing in popularity, make sure you follow all relevant local laws and regulations first.

DO: Obtain bees from a reputable source

It's very disheartening, but purchasing bees from the wrong seller can result in getting essentially a 'bad batch' of bees that are infected with a contagious disease. This unfortunate situation can only be solved by stopping the spread of the disease. This involves destroying not only the hive, but any beekeeping equipment that has been used on, and starting over from scratch. Avoid the trouble and purchase state-inspected hives only! Do a quick Google search to find quality sources in your area.

DON'T: Attempt to build new equipment

When first starting off with beekeeping, you want to purchase new or used beekeeping supplies as opposed to building them yourself. The equipment isn't expensive, and it's best to be a buyer until you truly understand how every piece of equipment works.

Ultimately, knowing these dos and don'ts can help you maintain happy hives as a beekeeping beginner. For more information about new and used beekeeping supplies, contact GloryBee.

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  • Brad Boyd

    I've seen bees close up and personal. Once a swarm started to establish itself in a large oak tree at my parents house when I was about 15 years old. We had a beekeeper come and get the bee swarm out of the tree. He used a large plastic garbage bag to shake the queen into along with most of the worker bees. There was beeswax on the leaves of the tree where the queen and swarm had been.
    Once, at the Mid South Fair, I had a chance to speak with a bee keeper, and learned that he painted a dot on his queen. He had a few hives there on display behind glass enclosures. I was fascinated! Upon leaving his both I learned that someone had knocked one of his hives over, and it was damaged and the bees were lost.
    After I left his display, I went on to enjoy the rest of the fair. I came upon a soda fountain to get a Coke, and there she was before my eyes! I couldn't believe it! A Queen, with the painted dot on her thorax! There were a lot of worker bees flying about, and the poor little girl working the soda fountain was terrified! I pointed out the queen to her, and told her that I was going to get help. I ran back to the beekeeper's display and told him that I had found his lost queen. He followed me back to the soda fountain, where the young girl had killed the queen.
    I was furious with her, and I told her so I introduced her to the beekeeper, and railed at her! I had told her I was going for help, but she killed the queen anyway! I yelled at her and told her she was stupid for killing the queen. I told her I was going to get help, but she couldn't wait. I am a trucker, and twice, I have had swarms land on my rig. I have passed other trucks that have been carrying bees in transit.
    It's like God is calling me to be a beekeeper.
    My house backs up to a wooded area that I think would be a perfect spot to keep some bees.


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