Conditions for beekeeping
1Allergies on bee sting
Are you allergic on bee sting?
Do you mind to occasionally get a bee sting?
Bees have a sting that serves them for defense. When bees sting, they release a small amount of venom that can cause pain, redness, and swelling. In small quantities, bee venom is even used to treat some diseases such as arthritis. However, there are people who are allergic to it. There are also people who have fear of bee sting.
Regardless of the fact that when working with bees, a beekeeper wears a protective suit, it happens that sometimes he gets a bee sting.
If you want to be a beekeeper, you must be ready to occasionally get a bee sting.
Beekeepers often develop resistance to stings, and after a while, skin reactions become much milder than in people who are not accustomed to bee stings.
Before you get the bees you must be sure that you are not allergic to the bee stings.
People who are allergic to bee venom should not be near the apiary.
The bees do not attack unless threatened. The bee will sting only if pressed or if you get too close to the hive.
Where will you keep your bees?
- So they do not bother people (preferably about twenty meters from the house)
- Fenced, so that animals can not disturb them.
- That the water does not retain on the ground.
- Protected from the wind (recommended).
- In a sunny place (not in the shade).
3Honey flow - honey plants
Bees can be kept wherever there are honey plants. Those are plants whose flowers produce sweet juice that bees collect - nectar. From nectar, bees produce their food - honey.
Bees can be kept mostly wherever there are flowers, but not all flowers have nectar. For successful beekeeping, bees need to have at least one good honey flow throughout the year.
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Before purchasing bees, be sure to ask which honey plants grow in your area. You can find this by searching the Internet, but it's best to find a local beekeeper and ask him about everything related to honey flow in your area.
Today there are many books, magazines and materials on the internet on beekeeping. Honey bees can also be ordered over the Internet. But it would be a good idea to find a local beekeeper with an experience who is willing to help you in the beginning.
In the beginning you will certainly have many doubts. And it will be very helpful for you to have someone with experience who can answer your questions.
Also, it is best to buy honey bees from a local beekeeper as these bees are already accustomed to the conditions in your area. And you yourself can see what you are buying before you leave your money.
How much time do you need for beekeeping?
It is enough to do beekeeping on weekends, except when something is related to precise time.
This means that it is not necessary for you to be present on the apiary every single day. So you can keep the bees in some convenient place, even if you do not live there.
For two or three hives, you will need about 2-3 hours a week.