How To Take Care Of Bees

10 Steps to Wintering Bees to Keep Them Alive (Even If You’re in the Northern Climates)

  • Move Your Bees. Since we know winter is upon us, we also know it is only a matter of time until it will be darker longer.
  • Give Them a Wind Breaker. I don’t mean that you need to go out and buy your bees’ coats.
  • Don’t be so Stuffy.
  • Shut the Front Door.
  • Reduce the Size of the Hive.
  • Cover Them.
  • Feed Them.
  • Don’t Forget About Them.
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    Is it hard to take care of bees?

    The first year can be a tough one.

    On top of learning the ins and outs of beekeeping, you may not get any honey for yourself. Your bees have a lot of work to do during the first season. They must produce wax, raise young bees and store honey for Winter. Learn to be patient with yourself and your bees. via

    How do you start keeping bees?

  • Check your local council and state government's beekeeping rules and regulations.
  • Get up to date on Australian bee diseases and parasites.
  • Join a local beekeeping club and/or find like-minded people through social media.
  • Complete a beekeeping course, read relevant books.
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    How do I raise bees in my backyard?

  • Research Local Beekeeping Regulations.
  • Join a Beekeeping Club.
  • Buy Gentle Bees.
  • Fence in Your Backyard.
  • Start With 2 Bee Swarms.
  • Look for Used Beehives.
  • Wait to Invest in a Honey Extractor.
  • Purchase Safety Clothing.
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    How easy is it to keep bees?

    Time. Keeping bees requires small amounts of regular time with the bees. You typically have to spend around half an hour per week with a hive. Most beekeepers would like to spend more time with their bees rather than less, as beekeeping is highly addictive. via

    Is beekeeping an expensive hobby?

    Getting started with beekeeping can be an expensive hobby often costing around $300 for the hive and around another $100 for bees during the first year (depending if you purchase a nuc or a package). Most folks recommend starting out with two hives for a variety of important reasons. via

    What do you feed bees?

    Honey is the best bee food. But never used purchased honey, because it can introduce diseases and contamination to your hive! Beekeepers sometimes set aside dark, strong-colored or other "off" honey to feed to bees in an emergency. Otherwise, make sugar syrup or feed dry sugar. via

    Which is the best month to start keeping bees?

    The best time to start your hive is in the spring so that the colony you begin with has time to build up, lay brood (baby bees), increase in number, and store honey before the winter sets in. via

    How do you keep bees away?

  • Garlic Powder. Bees are not fond of the smell of garlic, so to discourage them from being near your house, sprinkle some garlic powder near where you've seen them.
  • Peppermint.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Distilled Vinegar.
  • Citronella Candles.
  • Hire Removal Service.
  • Soap Solution.
  • Mothballs.
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    How do you attract bees to a bee box?

  • Pheromones. Pheromones are the cell phones of the bee world.
  • Hive Construction Material. This could be an old brood comb, wax, or propolis.
  • Essential Oils. Lemongrass (see details) has long been used by beekeepers to attract swarms.
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    Should beehives be in sun or shade?

    The hive should be placed in early morning sun. This gets the bees out of their hive earlier in the day to forage. In the Northeast, hives can remain in the full sun for the entire season. However in places with warmer climates, hives should receive some afternoon shade. via

    Can I stop my Neighbour keeping bees?

    Beekeepers have the right to keep bees. Their neighbours have the right to enjoy their property in peace. Badly kept and positioned colonies can be a nuisance”. It is a beekeeper's responsibility to avoid their bees becoming a nuisance and to take appropriate steps if they so become. via

    How much land do you need to keep bees?

    Generally speaking, most backyard beekeepers have 1 to 2 acres of land with 2 or 3 bee hives. I have personally had 10 hives on a 1 acre lot in a subdivision. One important thing to do is talk with your neighbors first. via

    How far should a beehive be from a house?

    It is equally as important to think about how your neighbors use their yard, so it is not a good idea to put a hive directly on a property line. Instead, place your hives ten feet or more from the property line. via

    Can bees recognize you?

    Complex ability may not require complex brain

    Well we don't all look alike to them, according to a new study that shows honeybees, who have 0.01% of the neurons that humans do, can recognize and remember individual human faces. For humans, identifying faces is critical to functioning in everyday life. via

    How do you start a beehive for beginners? (video)

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