Helping Beekeepers starting their bee farm
Bee Farm – Bee farming is good for the mind and soul. But not to be mistaken, bee farming is a lot of hard work and dedication.Your bees will need tended to on a consistent bases. Here you will find a list of bee farms in your area whom are selling bees & nucs.
Finding information regarding starting a bee farm is easy to do. Youtube is one of my favorites for learning new things. You can learn different techniques that other beekeepers have done. learn some do’s and don’ts and even some short cuts that make things easier. You will find some beekeepers sell established bee boxes filled with a few plates of honey comb along with an entire colony of bees.
Bee Farm Equipment
When and if you purchase an established bee box make sure to purchase a marked queen and a queen catcher. If you lose your queen bee the entire colony will leave with her. To be sure that you’re successful with your honey bee bee farm you want to secure the queen so she can’t get out of the entrance hole the other workers are using. The queen is larger than that of the worker bees so it’s easy to keep them secure in the box. You’ll also want some good bee gloves that stingers can’t protrude through. I suggest the gloves made with plastic coated canvas which makes this glove virtually sting-proof. If they have long cloth sleeves to go over your arms those are best as well.
Best Bee Farm Suite For Beekeepers
Depending on where you plan on starting your bee farm will depend on the suit that will be compatible for you. Weather conditions play a huge part in this. If you’re in the sunny state of Florida as we are then you most definitely want the ultra breeze bee suit. This suit can be pricey but it has ventilation that you would’t believe a bee farm suit could have. Giving you a little bit of relief from the heat. On another note if you’re in another state that is a bit more comfortable you can wear any type of cloth suit. The material I suggest you stay away from is nylon. You will sweat in your suit and when the nylon touches your skin it sticks, allowing bees to sting. This can be deadly when dealing with killer bees.
Bee stings can be painful however the most painful ones are the ones you don’t feel. This would be why good bee farm gloves are a must. If you don’t wear the correct gear honey bee stingers can come through your gloves into your fingers. You won’t feel anything at first but boy you will feel it later!! Your finger or fingers will become swollen, red, and very very painful to the touch. When the stinger makes in into a knuckle or joint the pain can be even worse. If this happens soak your fingers in Epsom salt with warm water. This will not only help the pain but help the stinger come to surface to be removed.
Honey Bee Fun Facts
- Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.
- One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles to conclude making one pound of honey.
- The average bee will make only 1.5 teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
- A honey bee visits 50-100 flowers each trip.
- A honey bee can fly for up to 6 miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
- A bee’s brain is oval in shape and about the size of a sesame seed, yet it has a remarkable capacity to learn.
- Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.
- A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
- The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength, and lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
- Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do not work. All they do is mate.
BUT WAIT THERES MORE!
- Honey has always been highly regarded as a medicine. It is thought to help with everything from sore throats and digestive disorders to skin problems and hay fever.
- Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
- The natural fruit sugars in honey – fructose and glucose – are quickly digested by the body. This is why sportsmen and athletes use honey to give them a natural energy boost.
- Honey lasts an incredibly long time. An explorer who found a 2000 year old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!
- Bees buz their wings 11,400 times per minute.
- When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance. This is known as the ‘waggle dance.’
- Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals. It’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.