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Beekeeping is the act of keeping whole colonies of bees, maintaining the health of the bee colony, and harvesting the honey. All beekeepers should have a good colony of bees, because some colonies are aggressive, carry diseases, and can even produce less than optimal amounts of honey. Before one dives into the world of beekeeping, here is a quick beekeeping guide for beginners.
A person can keep bees in their backyard and become a professional beekeeper or a hobby beekeeper. Whatever the reason a person has in keeping bees, there are two things which he/she should consider: the bees’ sting and how strong he/she is. The bees’ stinger is its main defense against attackers. It is possible that a beekeeper – and their family members – will get stung occasionally. Some people are even allergic to bee stings. The dangerous signs when a person is stung by a bee are itchiness, sprouting of hives all over the body, and having difficulty breathing. Slight swelling at the site of the bee sting is normal.
Immense strength isn’t a requirement to become a beekeeper, and you can have someone strong help lift the heavy objects. If a person can lift a bee hive frame while endure possible bee stings, then he/she has a good chance of becoming a long-term beekeeper.
A beekeeping guide has helpful information regarding beekeeping which will help first-time beekeepers. Aside from reading a beekeeping guide, one can ask help from a seasoned beekeeper. Some helpful tips in beekeeping are provided in this beekeeping guide.
A beekeeper needs protective gear. These include the beekeeper hat, a bee suit, and bee gloves. A bee smoker is a tool used to remove the bees from the hive. It allows the beekeeper to collect honey without having to continuously swat bees away. If there is a lack of funds, the beekeeper can get the hat and bee smoker first. Long sleeves, long pants, and rubber gloves and boots can serve as temporary protective gear.
There are other tools which are used to process the honey. Extractors are needed if one plans to do the extracting on his/her own. It is also possible to bring the honeycombs to a professional beekeeper and have him/her extract the honey. There are extractors which are hand-powered, while others use a motor to power the machine. Wax is removed from the honeycombs by using an electrical heated knife, while cheesecloth is used to strain the honey and remove any residue. The honey should then be stored in a tank or placed directly in a container.
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