10 Steps to Wintering Bees to Keep Them Alive (Even If You’re in the Northern Climates)
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?
How do I raise bees in my backyard?
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?
How do you attract bees to a bee box?
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