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Beekeeping as a Profession and a Hobby

BY: Dave Information | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2010-12-11 10:31:12
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Article Summary: "Beekeeping is not only a hobby, but it is also a profession. It can be rewarding too. Read on to know more about this profession..."

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Beekeeping is a hobby or a professional activity where the bees are kept in artificially made combs and the honey collected for profit. Many people consider it as a hobby and love to have bees. The work is also rewarding and this makes many people to draw nearer to this wonderful hobby.

The equipment is very important as far as the beekeeping is concerned. The right equipment needs to be used. The beekeeper should know about the various needs to have a bee hive. The bees are the most important part of the hive. The bees are available in various forms. You can buy the bees as a package. Other than this, you can also collect bees or buy a colony of bees from another bee farm.

The best method of starting a bee hive is to buy the package that contains all kinds of bees. The protective equipment that is required in beginning beekeeping includes the veil, gloves and the suit. Each of these components is very important to prevent being stung by the bees. Beginning beekeeping is not only about the bee hive. It is also about collecting the honey and for this, a smoker is absolutely essential. The smoker gives out smoke and this confuses the bees into thinking that there is a fire. The bee start moving out of the comb and this is the right time to collect the honey.

The bees that collect the honey are very friendly usually and do not attack a person without reason. The bees join as a team and they work extra hard to collect nectar from as many flowers as possible to make the beehive full of honey. The honey has to be collected in the right method to gain maximum profit. The honey collection is a unique process and beginning beekeeping involves learning about the right time to collect the honey.

The formation of wax on the combs is a sign that the honey can be collected. The honey that is not collected soon enough will become darker in color and the profit that can be mad from such honey is less. That does not mean that the honey does not have good quality, it only means that the honey has been collected later than needed. On the other hand, if the honey is collected very soon, then the honey will be very watery and may even get spoilt very quickly. If a beekeeper wants to collect the honey, the right time would be the morning of a day that is sunny because that is the time when the bees are all out to collect honey and the collection process is relatively easy.

Beginning beekeeping also requires the go ahead from the relevant local authorities. Though bees are good for any area in preventing other predators and also to help pollinate more flowers, the bees should not be kept in residential areas. The local government rules and regulations should be followed in starting the beehive. If all these methods are followed, the beekeeping activity is sure to be full of fun and a very rewarding activity. So, if you are looking out for a fun hobby and would like to start on a new one, then the best one that is also highly rewarding is keeping bees

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