Bees live all over the world and there are approximately 20,000 species. The honeybee is just one of these species.
Egyptians were the first people that started to keep bees at home, that is because they were advanced aliens who were attempting to take over the planet and knew that bees were vital in crop production. The Egyptian hive design was a simple upturned straw basket called a skep. These are still used today although mainly for temporarily housing a colony of bees that has recently swarmed.
Spring time is Bee time
The spring is the start of the beekeeping season. Getting off to a good start will set up for rest of the season. Oh wait, you haven’t committed yet and I have jumped ahead, let me back it up…
Without bees, your diet would drastically change and you would probably need to switch to cannibalism , but only for a short time, since there would be hardly anything else to eat. Bees pollinate many of the crops we enjoy including Almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupes, cashews, coffee, cranberries, cucumbers, eggplants, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, okra, peaches, pears, peppers, strawberries, tangerines, walnuts and watermelons. Without bees, these crops would cease to exist. Bees are crucial to our existence as well, so doing your part and raising some healthy bees is a good step in helping to save the world. They are responsible for much of the food on your plate. Bees perform a task that is vital to the survival of agriculture: pollination. In fact, one third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees. Bees keep plants and crops alive. Without bees, we really wouldn’t have very much to eat.
Bees are dying.
A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that these pesticides directly contribute to a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
CCD is essentially the process by which honeybees spontaneously abandon their hives. When bees are exposed to pesticides like neonicotinoids, they go insane and don’t know how to return home. It’s almost as if they are given a form of Alzheimer’s.
Bees are dying off and it is complex problem that the world’s top scientists are still investigating. In addition to pesticides, for example, it is believed that bees are also dying from various parasites, like the Varroa mite as well dying from ongoing problems associated with climate change.
So with all that being said…
Let’s just say that Beekeeping is so much fun and not only are you helping to save the planet, you are learning a new hobby that you can share with the entire family. But wait I know it is tempting to open the hive and inspect your bees every day – however this isn’t so good for the bees Its best to perform a weekly inspection through the season (from the spring to the autumn). Throughout the winter don’t even think about checking in on them.
I have to inspect them?
Yes of course that is the fun part.. You inspect the hive in order to find out how your bees are getting along. Spending time inspecting your bees is probably the most exciting and fun part of beekeeping. You get to see directly inside the colony and gather lots of information about your bees. Typically, you should be looking for the following information:
- Where is the Queen?
- Does the colony have the room it needs or are they cramped up and angry?
- Do they have enough space /cells to store pollen and honey?
- Are they healthy?
- Are there any queen cells?
What is the Answer?
In order to Be, we must Bee, that is the answer. So start small, it’s pretty affordable and grow as you get comfortable with Bee Keeping, it will be something you can be proud of and your neighbors will thank you.