The Process of Beekeeping.


Many people fear bees. This is because of the nasty and very painful stings that they can inflict on someone. However almost in equal measure to the fear of the bees is the love for the honey that the bees produce. This sweet golden honey has forced man and animal to risk being stung just in order to have a taste of it. The sweetness of the honey has moved people to keep the bees in hives.

Entire colonies of bees can be kept in manmade hives through the art of beekeeping. This act is also known as apiculture. The many benefits that come from bees is the reason why people keep them. For instance honey can have more than one use to humans. It has medicinal values and is therefore used to cure and prevent some diseases and conditions. Other than honey, bees also produce other products useful to us. From the bees we can get beeswax, royal jelly and propolis which also known as bee glue. Bees use nectar to make their honey and will have to move from flower to flower to collect it, this helps farmer dealing with crops since the crops get pollinated easily. There are also instances where bees are kept so that they are sold to other farmers.

Beekeeping started many years ago. There are depictions that date up to ten thousand years ago showing humans collecting honey from wild bees. The actual domestication of the bees is evidenced in Egyptian art from around four thousand five hundred years ago. These ages had very simple hives and jars used to keep the collected honey. This art was studied by many and the knowledge on the biology of the bees made it possible to construct hives that could allow harvesting without killing the whole colony.

Modern beekeeping has encouraged designs to hives that are adapted to the conditions of the environment in which the bees are kept. The main focus of these designs is the adaptation and ease of access by the farmer into the bee hive. However as a farmer it is prudent that you invest in a wide range of beekeeping supplies here to ensure that you are able to carry on with the activities of the farm.

One of the supplies that is almost a must in the farm is a beekeeper suit. A bee suit protects you from the bee stings which you can be assured the bees will always try to give you in a bid to fend you off from their hive. It would be very wise that if there is a store that stocks bee farming supplies near you then you should check it out. These protective suits are available and you would have no one to blame for being stung.

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