Backyard Beekeeping

Are you thinking about backyard beekeeping and the raising and keeping of honeybees? Having your own backyard hive is becoming more appealing for men and women who want to make it possible for gardens and fruit trees in their neighborhood to be pollinated.

Do you want backyard beekeeping as a hobby or as a sideline business to bring extra income into your household?  There are things you will want to bear in mind prior to making that choice. The most successful backyard beekeeping usually begins as a hobby.

Is your backyard large enough to house a beehive colony or two? Typically a half acre can accommodate one or maybe two colonies.  You need to also consider that your backyard may be used for leisure play, pets, veggie or flower gardens and cookouts.

backyard beekeepingVery little space is required to keep a bee hive in your backyard. You may start with several acres of land … a lot in a the city … or even an apartment roof top. Bees can be kept nearly any place.  If you do live within the city limits, you may want to check to see if there are any restrictions or laws in regard to backyard beekeeping.  Normally there are no ordinances against keeping bees.

Another consideration is how easy will it be for you to maintain the bee hives.  Location is important and you will want to think about where the bees will have to fly to retrieve nectar and pollen. Avoid low areas for backyard beekeeping because these low areas hold the cold, wet air too long.  Areas which are excessively high are often too windy for the  bee hives.

Once you have determined that backyard beekeeping will work for you and your family and decided where the hive colonies will live, you’ll need to decide what kind of boxes to keep the bees in.

The next obvious consideration for backyard beekeeping is what kind of bees to raise.  Three kinds of bees are commonly offered and are best for backyard beekeeping. Most other bees are simply versions of these three. These three bees for backyard beekeeping are:  Italians, Carnioians, and Russian bees.  Let’s take a look at each of these.

Italians are the most commonly offered bees because they are gentle, very efficient, quite and easy to manage. They have a great deal of yellow color on them.

Darker colored bees are Carniolans. These are really gentle bees, but require more management.  A big advantage of this bee is that they winter much better where winter seasons are extreme. Their colonies develop quickly in the springtime so you have to be prepared to avoid swarms.

The third best bee for backyard beekeeping is the Russian.  These bees is known for their gentle, somewhat unpredictable nature. Management of these bees are a bit more complicated. This bee is very tolerant of, and resistant to varroa mites. Many backyard beekeeping beginners will have mostly the Russian bee followed by the Carniolans and a smaller number of Italians.

As a beekeeper you will get bee stings. As your experience with bees grows and you become more experienced at the handling of bees, you will have fewer and fewer stings. When a bee stings you the stinger will stay behind. Pulling the stinger out launches even more of the bee poison into your body.  Rather than pulling the stinger out, scrap the stinger out. Use a fingernail or even the hive device to do this.

Chemicals from the bee are produced in the stinger which function as an alarm odor.  This alarm odor summons other bees around you to sting either the same area of your body or buzz around near the sting area. Immediately, when stung by a bee, you should puff some smoke on the sting location and walk away from the bee hives. You should then wash the sting area with water to eliminate the alarm chemicals. This includes the area of the sting on the beekeeper suit you are wearing.

Here are three beekeeping videos about backyard beekeeping which I know you will enjoy.  Watch each video and check back later because more backyard beekeeping videos will be added.  Also … be sure to share with everyone you know on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  Thanks…

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All the beekeeping supplies you will need are available from this website. You will also find beekeeping books revealing more about backyard beekeeping.  Here is a very educational and informative product which you’ll find beneficial as a beekeeper:

The Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden

The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden

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