Beekeeping Basics – Introduction to Beekeeping

 

Beekeeping is an exciting world in which we connect with nature while producing top quality honey and other natural products for home or commercial use. As with any other crop or livestock activity, the first year of involvement is introductory and one can make the necessary first steps, trial and error as well as projections for a bigger investment (in time and money) for the second year to come. Please note that in some countries, you must first obtain a state approval, take preparation courses and/or get a formal license before starting a beekeeping establishment. Please also note that a bee sting can be lethal for people that are allergic to bee stings. Exercise at your own risk.

Apart from producing honey and other products (royal jelly, propolis, wax etc.) bees are also important for the pollination of plants, as they transfer pollen from male parts of a flower to the female parts of a flower of the same species, something that is necessary for the reproduction of many plants (vegetables, nuts, seeds, forage etc.). Farmers often place beehives near their fields (especially cotton, tomato, pepper, almond fields etc.) with the sole purpose of crop pollination, as bees account for at least 80% of all pollinator insects.

1.) Beekeeping for Beginners

2.) Honey Bee Society Structure and Organization

3.) How Honey is made by Bees

4.) Beehive and Equipment Supply

5.) Beehive Location and Placement

6.) How to feed Bees

7.) Honey Bee Swarming

8.) Preparing Beehives for winter

9.) Harvesting Honey

10.) Common Bee Diseases & Pests

11.) Major Honeybee Pests

12.) Major Honey Bee Diseases

13.) Bee Poisoining from Pesticides

14.) Q&A on Bees

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