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Building Your Own Or Buying A Bee Hive, Just Make Sure These Are Strong

October 12, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 118

Many who want to go into beekeeping wonder where they can get their bee hive. Some would recommend buying these from companies that focus on beekeeping hobbyists. Usually a package can include one or two hives with or without their bee residents.

It is easier to buy, this is for certain. Usually the package would include the ten thousand bees and the one honeybee queen. However, if you already have your own hives at home and your population is getting bigger, plus your hive is producing another queen, it would be best to immediately build another hive they can stay in. Sometimes the buying can be delayed and this can cause some issues within the population.

Buy or building your own hive really matters not, the important thing is to make sure that everything is right within it. This is the only way to get the honey production that you are aiming for. Usually, a healthy hive has a large population that can forage the flowers around to ensure the flow of honey.

Never allow the bees to swarm, this will not make for a good honey crop. A swarm is when the hive gets overcrowded and there are several new queens hatching. If this happens, the original queen flies off bringing with her at least 60% of her workers. They need another hive to settle in, so make sure they have somewhere to go and transfer them manually if need be. If they fly off and swarm, they can settle in your trees or neighbors trees and many who are not familiar with beekeeping or are afraid of the swarm would have to hire an exterminator to get rid of them.

Requeening is usually required every six weeks, usually in the months of July and August. This is especially important if the queen has already performed more than enough to their capacity. A strong population will build up the honey for the winter months.

When harvesting, make sure to only get enough that will not leave the bees with less than fifteen pounds of honey. Doing so would only lead to malnourishment and probable death of the hive. The honey is the security of the bees, this is their food and they need it especially in the winter months. If they feel insecure, the queen can actually slow down or just stop laying eggs and that is irreparable damage.

The different types of hive which are available and swarm collection.

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