Starting a Honey Bee Keeping Project

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Honey beekeeping has become quite popular home based business opportunity because honey bee keeping doesn't require a huge investment or space. you can start it right from your backyard.

One of the major issues which require special attention if you really wish to make your honey bee keeping project successful,is 'collecting bees'.

Some major ways to collect bee's are :

1. Colonies are available for purchase from local beekeepers or from other suppliers. colonies include queen bees and you can receive all the bees you want like queen bee, workers and drone as well for farming. This is the quickest option for a starting beekeeper.

2. Another option is to purchase a nucleus. In this option you will get a queen bee and some other worker bees. 'Nucleus' consisting of 5 to 7 frames, a fertile queen, workers, stores, brood, and probably, drones). It will be easier to control the smaller quantity of bees in a nucleus. It is a good start.


3. Another option available is in the form of a package of bees. Usually these packages include a queen bee and a certain amount of worker bees. In this case, the worker bees would have to be feed until they can begin producing honey on their own.  

4. If you do not wish to purchase bees then you can capture swarm of bees. But, it may quite monotonous for those who have just started their journey in this field. As, you first need to know how to protect yourself from swarm of bees.

When you pick up your bees they should be packaged in a special carrying case that is designed just for bees. 

When you travel with these bees you have to give sugar syrup as there will be scarcity of food for bees. Traveling is hard for bees so some bees may die. It is quite normal.

one of the most vital parts to make your honey bee keeping project successful,is choosing proper colony or hive. You can buy hives from a recognized seller and try to buy two colonies because when one colony will get weaker then you can exchange frames of brood and honey. 

A colony of bees consists of 20,000 to 60,000 honeybees, one productive queen, 10 to 12 combs, brood and foodstuffs.

You can also buy bees in package offer. In one package one queen and some worker bees are include. It is found by weight like in 2 to 5 pound packages, containing 9,000 to 22,000 bees.

A three-pound package of bees, for instance, contains approximately 10,000 bees and 1 queen and is about the size of a shoebox.

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