Beekeeping

How to start with beekeeping
BEEKEEPING MADE EASY
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1 - KNOWING & UNDERSTANDING THE BEE
History of Bees 4
History of Beekeeping 7
Bee Species 11
Common Types of Bees 13
The Anatomy of a Bee 18
The Life Cycle of a Honey Bee 22
At a Glance: The Workings of Bee Society 25
Activities of the Worker Bees 27
A Drone’s Life 29
The Queen Honeybee 30
Bees During Winter 31
Bees in Spring 33
PART 2 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Keeping Bees in Your Backyard 37
Installing a Fence 38
Sufficient Water 38
7 Easy Ways to Win Your Neighbors’ Hearts 40
Working With Your Bees 41
Honeybees & Stinging 42
Parts of a Langstroth Hive 45
Understanding the Langstroth Hive 46
Know Your Beekeeping Tools 49
Wearing Bee-Tight Clothing 53
Getting Your Bees for the First Time 54
5 Tips for Finding A Good Bee Breeder 55
Collecting Honey 57
How is Honey Harvested? 58
PART 3 - HIVE MANAGEMENT & TROUBLESHOOTING
Inspecting the Hive 59
What to Look For During Inspections 62
Moving Your Langstroth Hive… the Right Way 65
Special Report: Swarming & Absconding 68
Reasons for Swarming 69
Swarm Preparation 71
Clipped Queen Bees 73
Preventive Measures 75
Hive Reversal 76
Other Strategies for Preventing Swarming Behavior 77
Winter Management 78
Spring Management 80
Making Supplemental Sugar Syrup 83
Common Diseases 84
Watch Out for Bee Pests 85
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EBOOK
  • The 4 most common types of honey and wax producing bees, and which ones can be domesticated to produce honey round-the-clock…
  • How hives have changed through centuries and what is considered the standard today…
  • The modern bee (the most common bee used in honey production) – scientific name, family affiliation, sub-division…
  • Normal phenomena in the hive that a beekeeper must be vigilant for, and react properly to…
  • Funny behaviors that your bees might have during the hottest days of the year…
  • How to determine if the queen has laid eggs in the hive’s cells, and how to tell if they are eggs or something else…
  • Simple tools you can use to observe the behavior of your bees, and monitor the hives for signs of problems and disease…
  • Top 5 reasons why bees are good at pollinating flowers and plants…
  • Ways to acquire bee colonies, and what to expect from these colonies…
  • The amazing life of honey bees: how they work, how they reproduce, how they survive the winter, how they make honey and wax…
  • How to read and interpret the behavior of the worker bees’ activities…
  • A glimpse into the life of a queen bee (the most important bee in the hive), and its activities…
  • Your colony during the winter, and your task, as a beekeeper, before spring sets in…
  • Breakdown of the colony’s activities during the winter based on the temperature outside…
  • 8 possible reasons the colony’s re-population might be delayed after winter…
  • The maximum size of a colony that a hive can support (you need to keep an eye on this number)…
  • How to spot rogue workers in your colony…
  • How to grow bees in your backyard (or on top of a building if you have no backyard) safely and correctly…
  • The 3-way importance of building a fence around your backyard…
  • Suggestions on how to provide enough water for your colony to thrive, even if you don’t live in the close proximity of a water source…
  • The 4 best times to visit your hives…
  • 7 ways to avoid getting stung by your bees…
  • Best practices when you do routine checks, and other activities in / around the hive…
  • Painting the hive – dos and don’ts…
  • Tips on transporting / moving the hive…
  • Elements of a hive, and their purpose…
  • Means of preserving the purity of the honey, and prevent it from mixing with pollen and brood…
  • Wooden frames with wax foundation vs wooden frames with plastic foundation: which ones are better, and why?
  • Price rates you can expect to pay for the much needed tools…
  • Tools used to extract the honey from the honey cells…
  • Tools used to check for varroa mite infestation…
  • Tools used to remove burr combs from wooden frames…
  • The 5 most important tools for beekeeping…
  • Where to buy your first colony, and how many bees you should expect…
  • 5 tips for finding a good breeder (of paramount importance for acquiring a healthy colony of bees)…
  • Collecting the honey – follow these preparations first, so you won’t mess things up…
  • The 4-step process of harvesting the honey…
  • Proper ways of inspecting the colony – the 6-step process…
  • How to choose the right wood for your smoker…
  • Common errors that beginners, and seasoned beekeepers alike make…
  • Tips on how to keep the bees calm at all times, no matter what you’re doing to / around the hive…
  • 4 things you must check for when inspecting the hive…
  • How to keep your bees healthy and happy…
  • How to know that the queen is there, performing her duty (laying eggs daily), even if you can’t see it…
  • Egg-laying patterns of worker bees vs. egg-laying patterns of the queen…
  • How the bees react when you move the hive, and how not to lose them…
  • 9 tips to safely move the hive to your desired location…
  • Tips on maintaining the hive in good conditions for years to come…
  • Mortality among your bees will happen! Learn how to cope with the mortality rates during the acquisition of your colony, when transporting the hive, or during the winter…
  • Swarming explained: when will your bees swarm, why, and what to do about it?
  • 10 potential causes that your bees might swarm for…
  • Absconding vs swarming – what’s the difference?
  • The 6 main reasons for your bees to abscond…
  • 11 clues that your colony is preparing to swarm…
  • 4 signs that swarming is imminent…
  • Clipped queen bees – should you do it?
  • 3 things you can do to prevent your colony from swarming…
  • Hive congestion – what is it, why it happens, and what you can do about it?
  • Best practices to stop your colonies from swarming, and to keep your bees in good health…
  • Numbers in beekeeping:

– how large should a colony be in winter;
– how large should it be in summer;
– how many years should a queen rule for, for the greater good of the colony;

  • The 3 main enemies of your colony during wintertime, and how to keep them away…
  • How to handle robbing behavior…
  • Signs that your hive is ready to be opened during early spring…
  • Quick checklist for early spring inspections…
  • The colors in beekeeping – watch out for the yellow to brown larvae!
  • Diseases that are “safe” vs diseases that require the disposal of your hive…
  • The “toothpick” test…
  • Why your larvae are mummified, and what to do about it…
  • Why your bees are week, erratic, and have wings positioned at weird angles…
  • Common bee pests, and how to fend them off…