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Getting Started

Beekeeping is a tenacious undertaking, and it is not for the “faint of heart,” meaning: If you do not take the time to properly manage your apiary, then it is most likely doomed to fail. If you are a complacent individual, then you may want to bypass the practice of Beekeeping!

Let me say it this way:

Beekeeping is fun… until you get stung,

And then… you must find a reason,

To stay in the hive… and continue to strive,

From season… to season… to season (dpz, 2021).

Even under the best of conditions, where the beekeeper performs proper apiary management practices, the beekeeper may still lose a few- if not all- of the hives in the apiary. Nature has a way of taking care of its own, however, it also has a way of destroying its own too. As such, beekeepers must be diligent and vigilant in their desire to manage honeybee colonies.

Every honeybee apiary is different, either in location, size, availability of nectar and pollen, or in the management style of how the beekeeper preserves their colonies. However, certain standards must exist for the apiary to remain healthy and grow. First, keep updated about beekeeping as you possibly can be. Second, use your beekeeping experience to teach those who wish to learn about honeybees. Third, beekeeping is a “science” that needs constant nurturing to mature into a well-managed apiary. My brother termed it best when he stated, “There are beekeepers and there are people who just keep bees” (Mike Zachary, Sept. 2016). The “beekeeper” manages their apiary regularly to ensure the bees are thriving for the good of the hive, environment, and the beekeeper. The “person who just keeps bees,” typically; fails to plan for any apiary expansion. Sustainable Hive Management (SPM). Integrated Pest Management (IPM) should compel beekeepers to practice proper hive management and inspections of the apiary.

The first year as a “beekeeper” teaches us some valuable lessons in managing honeybees, because the primary concern is nurturing these pollinators and honey producers who help the environment and our economy. Keep watch over your bees and the number of hives will grow exponentially as the health of the whole colony improves because, a good producing queen controls the hive expansion. Thus, a properly managed apiary can reduce stress on the bees and the beekeeper alike. When questions arise, experienced beekeepers can help with many issues so, quiz them and learn.


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