What every Beginner Beekeeper should know!
Although raising a cat or dog requires very little equipment, beekeeping requires that you are well-informed about all the necessary supplies, procedures, and techniques to raise healthy bees. You and your beekeeping project are at serious risk if you don’t properly educate yourself about apiary methods.
Healthy Beehives Require the Best Beekeeping Supplies
The right beekeeper supplies can help you avoid potential dangers. Honey extraction and processing requires specialized equipment. However, any beekeeping guide worth its salt will tell you that proper equipment is required for managing and maintaining a colony. Sometimes it is necessary to state the obvious. In this instance, the safety of the beekeeper is paramount when tending to the beehive.
The beekeeper protects himself from being stung by wearing protective clothing. These outfits are common, and you’ve likely seen them. They consist of a hat with a veil, gloves, and a suit made of special protective clothing that is bee-proof. You will want to protect your face when bees are crazy. It’s often the most important part of your body to protect. The veil and hat of the beekeeper are essential to protect him from being stung.
The white suit covers the body of the beekeeper. It’s lightweight and thick enough to stop the bees stinging. This protective clothing is essential for any beekeeper, even the most experienced. It keeps the bees’ stinger and the bee’s poison from getting into the beekeeper.
While anyone who works outside hates gloves, beekeepers are no exception. It’s difficult to maintain dexterity while wearing gloves. However, they do protect your hands. Old pros prefer not to use gloves. However, gloves are an important part of your protection. They can be purchased at any supplier of beekeeping supplies.
You may have seen photos of beekeepers infusing smoke into their beehives and wondered what it was for. Smoking calms the bees. The smoking device can produce smoke from many different sources. These smokers use a variety of natural fuel sources. These materials include wood, rotted timber, burlap, twine and cardboard, as well as pine needles.
While beekeepers can use any fuel, they must ensure that the smoke does not kill the bees. Some use paper, cotton bricks and others use aerosol smoke. The smoke is believed to trigger a feeding response in bees, which can cause them to flee the hive. The hive’s guardbees release a hormone called pheromone when they feel threatened. However, smoke tends to mask this hormone and make it difficult for the bees to notify the hive about an intruder. The smoke creates confusion within the colony, which allows the beekeepers to work with the hive without being attacked.
Although bees are skilled foragers, their entire lives revolve around finding food. However, there are times when beekeepers can provide additional food through the use of sugar syrup. Sugar syrup is known to induce bees to lay eggs, and it can also help hives survive starvation.
Over the years, beekeepers have come up with different feeder styles for their bees. There are many commercially available bee feeds. There are three types of feeders: “Hive top”, “pail” and “division boards”, which are located on the inside of the hives. In the summer, additional feeders can be used, but these feeders are just placed at the exterior of the hive.
A majority of beekeeping guides will include a list listing preferred suppliers to beehives and other beekeeping supplies. This brief overview will give you an idea of some of your beekeeping supplies that are necessary to keep your beehives healthy and successful. You will have a much easier job as a beekeeper if you invest in high-quality beekeeping supplies. You will also need other beekeeping supplies and tools to harvest and process the highly sought-after honey.
The most important factor in successful bee raising is the hive and its construction. There are many types of beehives available, but the current focus is on artificial components. These artificial trays are made from wax and allow the beekeeper to harvest their honey combs easily. These artificial trays are made of thin sheets of wax that have a hexagonal honeycomb base imprinted on one side. The bees will then begin to build their homes by removing the cell base pattern.
Why is the Top Bar Hive an Alternative Method for Beekeeping?
The topbar beehive concept is not new. The 1600’s are the earliest historical references to the top-bar beehive. The 1960’s were the most important years for top-bar bee hives.
It was developed for use in Kenya, Africa and is commonly known as the Kenya Hive. It is used in many developing countries today due to its simplicity and cost-effective management methods. It has become increasingly popular in the United States over recent years.
The Langstroth beehive is made up of many boxes (supers), and many other parts that can be difficult to build or costly to buy. The Langstroth hive is not only a beehive but also requires other equipment to harvest honey and manage your bees.
As you can see, the top bar hive is different. The top bar hive consists of a hive body (box), 20-30 top bars (frames), as well as a lid. This is all you’ll ever need. This is what you will need for your Langstroth bees. The cost of expensive frames is eliminated when bees create their own comb. After harvest, the top bars can be re-used.
The bees are healthier in the top bar hive. Your presence and inspection of the comb will make your bees less stressed because you won’t need to disassemble the hive or disturb the bees like traditional methods. You just need to remove the honeycomb bars to harvest your honey. The top bar hive is thus less stressful to harvest and does not cause as much disturbance to the bees. The top bar hive also has more honey to harvest. This saves you thousands of dollars.
It is unnecessary to smoke and most top-bar hive owners don’t wear protective clothing. As a beginner, I recommend that you use at least gloves and a veil to protect yourself. The bees will continue to do their normal business once you have removed the honey comb. The top bar hive was designed to provide the best living conditions for bees. This makes a colony stronger and allows them to fight off diseases and pests on their own. This will not only make your bees healthier, but it will also save you hundreds of dollars on medication and disappointment.
Why don’t they all use Top Bar Hives then?
Because they produce less honey than other hives. But although top bar hives are not designed to produce maximum honey production, there have been some reports that they do. Hobby beekeepers will find the few extra pounds of honey worth the ease of managing. A top bar hive will yield more honeywax. Hobbyists should be more interested in keeping healthy bees than extracting honey from stressed colonies. Even if you have only one top bar hive, there will be plenty of honey for your entire family and friends.