What To Consider Before Starting a Beehive

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If you are new to beekeeping or enjoy tending to these pollinators as a hobby, you may be planning to build your own beehive. However, handling bees without the proper equipment and information could be highly dangerous. In this blog, we’ll prepare you for everything you need to know by discussing what to consider before starting a beehive.

Location

Before starting your beehive, it’s essential to find an appropriate location for your colony. Be mindful of your neighborhood, as well as the amount of open space in your backyard. The more distance you can create between the hive and any other homes, the less likely bees will become agitated and sting defensively. Beekeepers should face the entrance of hives away from residential dwellings, since this is the busiest area of the hive.

Weather is also a vital factor to consider in your location. Build your beehive in an area that provides ample shade during the summertime. It’ll also be essential to face hives away from blowing winds during the winter to prevent hives from becoming too cold. Sustaining a stable environment for your bees will be crucial to expanding your hive.  

Supplies

Although some may practice beekeeping as a hobby, this hobby requires high maintenance and preparation. Before starting a beehive, all future beekeepers must invest in the necessary equipment and technology to build a hive safely.

For example, beekeeping equipment such as smokers, beekeeping jumpsuits, zippered veils, top feeders, and bottom boards are all just a small amount of the supplies needed to create a thriving hive. Before starting this career or hobby, ensure that you invest in all necessary equipment.

Education  

Although a degree is not required to become a professional beekeeper or practice this work as a hobby, being prepared with a comprehensive education on bee behavior is essential to keeping yourself and your colony safe.

It is recommended that all beekeepers pursue an undergraduate degree in animal science or environmental-based studies. Although these degrees focus more broadly on animal and environmental behavior, they can further educate on hazards, such as keeping swarming bees calm and unagitated. Once aspiring beekeepers are educated on preventing future risks, they are less likely to experience dangerous accidents.

Building a beehive can benefit the environment and provide a sanctuary for these crucial pollinators. However, these hives require intense attention and management. Review these tips on what to consider before starting a beehive to ensure that the hive you create is safe, organized, and successful. 

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