How To Become A Beekeeper: A Guide

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You have probably heard about how fast beekeeping has been rising as a hobby or even as a side-job for a lot of different people all over the country. Of course, beekeeping can also be quite beneficial to the community because of how important bees are to the ecosystem. Maybe all this talk has convinced you to want to try to become a beekeeper. So, how do you become a beekeeper?

You need to study about honey bees, how to take care of them, how to harvest honey, and everything related to honey bees. After that, buy two small colonies as a beginner and then purchase the necessary beekeeping equipment. Continue to learn by asking experts or by observing the honey bees themselves.

Starting out as a beekeeper can be a daunting task. This is especially true if you don’t know how to start out or if you know nothing about beekeeping or even the honey bees themselves. Luckily for you, we are here to help you out so that you will understand more about beekeeping and how you can become a beekeeper.

How do I start beekeeping for beginners?

Beekeeping is probably interesting enough that it has caught your attention and you are now reading this to know more about how to become a beekeeper. And well, you are right when it comes to becoming more interested in beekeeping because beekeeping is indeed quite interesting and even lucrative, to say the least. Of course, you should also know that beekeeping is beneficial to society because of how important bees are.

So, at this point, you are probably already thinking about becoming a beekeeper, but you don’t know where to begin or how to start. That’s why we are here to show you the ropes and to give you a quick guide that will surely help you learn more about how to become a beekeeper. And here is a step-by-step guide that can be quite easy to follow:

Step 1: Know whether you are allowed to become a beekeeper in your area

Believe it or not, there are some cities and towns that do not allow beekeeping for one reason or another. It could be because of an outdated law or maybe perhaps people just generally don’t like the presence of bees in the middle of a populated area. But the fact is that beekeeping may or may not be allowed in certain areas.

For example, in New York, it was only in 2010 when the beekeeping ban was lifted. Prior to that, New Yorkers were not legally allowed to keep bees in their homes in New York. However, since then, their stance on bees has become quite loose as New York has learned how beneficial bees can be to society.

Meanwhile, there are other cities that are actually very friendly to bees to the point that they promote beekeeping there. In 2013, the city of Chicago defeated a local suburban community that actually wanted to ban beekeeping. Chicago has always been friendly towards beekeepers to the point that even their mayor put up a few beehives on the city hall back in 2003.

The point here is that you should know whether or not your city or locality allows beekeeping. You can check online to see if there are ordinances against beekeeping in your location. This step is very important because everything stops here if you are not even allowed to own beehives in your city or locality.

Step 2: Know why you want to become a beekeeper

If you are allowed to become a beekeeper in your location, the next thing you need to do is to ask yourself why you wanted to become a beekeeper in the first place or why beekeeping has sparked an interest in you. This is where things start, as your reasons for beekeeping will become your source of motivation.

You could have a lot of different reasons for wanting to become a beekeeper. It could be because you have some free time on your hands and you wanted to find a hobby that is worth your while and is actually beneficial to society. For some, their reasons are more profit-oriented, which shouldn’t be a bad reason unless they are willing to do bad beekeeping practices just for profit. And for others, they just simply love bees because they know how beneficial they are to the ecosystem.

Whatever your reasons may be, they are entirely unique to you. Know why you want to become a beekeeper so that you can steer your goals towards those reasons. And always come back to your reasons when you are looking for the motivation that will allow you to move forward.

Step 3: Learn more about beekeeping

This is the most important part of the actual process of becoming a beekeeper. While you do get a lot of knowledge when you are actually already a beekeeper because experience will always be the best teacher, it will always be better for you to enter the battlefield armed with the knowledge of beekeeping. Doing so will make things easier on your part because your proverbial guns now have proverbial bullets that you can use.

In that case, the best way to arm yourself with knowledge is by reading. Read as many books about beekeeping as you can because you can never learn enough when it comes to a growing practice such as beekeeping. Try to read books with different perspectives so that you can look at the experiences of each author. Of course, knowing more about honey bees and honey at a scientific level should be a requirement when it comes to learning about the endeavor of beekeeping.

Aside from books, you can go online to read beekeeping blogs and websites that are from some reputable and experienced beekeepers so that you will learn the ins and outs of the endeavor. You can even join a beekeeping forum or a local beekeeping community so that you can talk to the different beekeepers regarding their experiences. This is where you will get to learn some neat tips and tricks that can make your life easier.

If there are online beekeeping courses that you can enroll yourself in, do so as long as you have the time and money for it. You will be hearing some of the best pointers from some of the best lecturers in the field of beekeeping. Of course, they will also help you learn more about the bees themselves and how they make honey so that you will have a better idea regarding the entire process of honey production.

Of course, if you can, it never hurts to find someone experienced enough to act as a mentor for you. Having a mentor will be like having your own Obi-Wan Kenobi because he or she will show you the ropes and give you some quick pointers that will ultimately help you learn more about the art of beekeeping.

Again, arming yourself with knowledge is crucial in the field of beekeeping. You should learn not only about the field of beekeeping but also about the bees themselves and how they make honey. It would even be better if you also get to learn more about honey so that you would know what to do with it.

And learning about bees and beekeeping should not be something that stops because it needs to be continuous as you grow in experience. No matter how successful you already are later on, you should never stop learning because there will always be new developments and discoveries in the field of beekeeping.

For me personally I love watching Jeff Horchoff over on YouTube, someone you can learn a lot from when it comes to beekeeping. So finding and subscribing to several bee related YouTubers could be a good way to learn for those that prefer visual learning 🙂

About Grampa Beekeeper

Having spent a lifetime tending to bees, I now want to pass my knowledge onto the next generation of beekeepers. Beekeeping may not be fashionable, but it is my life long passion! From entrance excluders to packaged bee handling, I've got you covered! I'm not the best at writing, though, so bear with me!!