Buy a hive and start beekeeping

Beekeeping is an area accessible to all. However, it is necessary in advance to obtain information and to possess the basic concepts of beekeeping. When knowledge is acquired, a beehive can be installed at home. However, buying a beehive is not a matter to be taken lightly. Location, equipment, equipment, here are some tips to get started.

Beehive and beekeeping: 4 precautions to take before starting out

Beekeeping is one of the most exciting worlds. A few precautions should be taken before buying a hive and installing it in the garden. Before you start, make sure that :

-you are not allergic to bee venom.
-the ground on which you wish to install your hive respects the regulations in force. Distances must be respected when installing your apiary. These regulations are available from town halls and local authorities and vary from one commune to another.
-Before buying a hive, ask for advice from a professional beekeeper or your beekeeping store. They will guide you on the type of hive to buy and the different elements to take into account.
-Never go alone in buying the hive and its installation if your knowledge of beekeeping is limited to a few basic notions.

The interest of having a hive at home is not limited to producing your own honey. It is also an ecological gesture because bees are today among the species most threatened by climate change, especially by the pesticides used in gardens. It is important to know that a hive can produce between 10 and 40 kg of honey per year, which means that beekeeping is a very profitable investment from an economic point of view. Note that during the first year, it is impossible to harvest the honey. It will serve as a supply for the bees until the next production.


Where to install the hive?

When all the necessary information has been gathered, you can move on to the next step: buying the hive and installing a swarm in it. Whether it is for the material that makes up the apiary or the one that allows you to make the visits, various beekeeping equipment stores exist. You can also find second-hand equipment by consulting the newspapers, in the classified ads section. But there are also specialized magazines on beekeeping and its world. In the beginning, it may be more prudent to buy hives and swarms in twos or threes. In this way one anticipates the possible loss in production and swarming. Buying a hive is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. Quality, solidity and resistance are important criteria to take into account when buying your hive.

Once you have purchased your hive and bees, you must proceed with its installation.
In order to facilitate the circulation of bees, it is advisable to choose a location that is fairly clear and far from tree branches. The ideal is to install your hive near a hedge high enough to protect the apiary from the vagaries of the weather. Avoid places that are too windy, too shady, humid, or in an area of frequent fog. South-south exposure is ideal. Another trick to protect the bees from humidity and to facilitate the comings and goings of the foragers is to place the hive high and slightly bent forward. This will facilitate the evacuation of waste and moisture due to condensation.
Remember that like any activity, beekeeping is subject to several regulations. After having chosen the right location, it is mandatory to declare your hives, to inform you about tax regulations and insurance for your apiary.


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