Honey bee farming for beginners - Beekeeping 101 has everything you need to know to set up your bee operation and start producing honey.
There are actually over 20,000 species of bees and honey bees are just one of them.
There are some great advantages to raising honey bees. Honey is a natural sweetener and full of good things like vitamins and minerals. A much healthier sweetener than ordinary sugar.
Raising bees is easy - the most important thing is protecting the bees from parasites and no, you don't have to worry about getting stung with the right bee keeping gear.
Honey also keeps well - pure honey never spoils. It lasts virtually forever in your fridge or cupboard.
Honey is a great way to keep bacteria out of open skin wounds - bacteria cannot grow in the presence of honey. Honey has many health benefits. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, contains antioxidants and helps to heal wounds.
Honey Bees - The hardest working insects in the animal kingdom. The workers bees literally work themselves to death. As soon as they begin working, they work hard every day for their short life and then die.
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Most worker bees only live a matter of weeks during the peak season and they do not sleep. They basically work themselves to death during their short lifetime and need a lot of energy to do their job.
Honey gives them the huge energy boost they need and it also provides the necessary vitamins and minerals they need to maintain good health during their short life.
If left alone, bees will make enough honey to last them for a few years. They are well prepared in case bad years lie ahead.
The type of honey your bees make will depend on the plants they visit when collecting nectar. The kind of plants will determine the taste, aroma, texture and color of the honey.
As a general rule, honey that is clear or very light in color will usually be milder tasting and less sweet and darker honey will often have a more definite taste and be sweeter.
When they first bring bees home, some beekeepers keep them in their hive for a few days. When let out, worker bees will make circles over the hive. This is their way of obtaining their coordinates, so they will know the location of their hive.
When looking for pollen they will generally wander within a 5 mile radius of their hive.
When bees take in the nectar they use one of two valves, sending the nectar into the bee’s digestion. This is a good thing, because if the worker bee needs energy while in flight she can use this option while foraging.
If she doesn't need the energy, then the nectar takes a second pathway into the honey stomach where it won’t be digested. Once bees make the choice to begin digesting the nectar, then that nectar cannot be used to create honey.
The information below gives you some idea how many bees and how many nectar gathering trips it takes to make a pound of honey.
Pollen is vital for bee’s health but they don't need much. Most of the pollen will go to feed the larvae. Larvae need a lot of pollen because pollen is rich in protein needed for the growth of the larvae.
It is not hard work raising honey bees and it doesn't take a lot of time or money. An easy hobby, a healthy product and honey bees also help the environment, since many plants needs bees for pollination.
Every fruit and vegetable we eat requires pollination, either by insects or by the wind.
As you learn more about bee keeping, you may even want to expand your honey bee farming operation. There is good money to be made selling honey and over the years honey bee farming has been more stable on average than many other types of business. Honey prices have remained more stable than most other types of crops.
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