In the past the beehives were cone shaped. This was a problem because the colony of bees had to be destroyed in order to remove the honey. However the modern hive we use today is a closed box which contains frames which can be removed without disturbing the others. Before the beekeeper removes a frame from the beehive they must use a special smoker/ smoke box to calm the bees and make them less likely to sting. Be sure to research the procedure for this. A Honey Extractor is the machine used to extract the honey.
The bees will work in partnership with the plants; the plants will produce the nectar which will be gathered by the bees which they will use to create honey. In the process the bees will help pollinate the plants which is an essential role in agriculture and keeping natural environments sustained. You need to be careful, though, to learn as much as you can about starting a beehive which will be productive and safe for your bees. You should research and read as much as you can about how to care for bees properly. Once you become experienced in this field of beekeeping you can help others start or re-start their bee hives.
When starting a beehive business you will first have to check your local ordinances regarding location and maintenance of beehives. Especially if you live in a residential area you will need to make sure beekeeping is allowed in your area. Also ask about necessary licenses and permits needed to start a beehive in your area. You will need to find a reputable beehive kit and accessory supplier. You will need to make sure you have the proper protective gear and seeds for the flowers your bees will draw nectar from. You will need to plant and tend the bee’s flower garden. You will need to research how the configuration of your garden will affect the flavor of the honey. You will also need to know how to keep your bees healthy and learn about the bee medicines available. Very importantly, you will need to make sure you and your helpers have the necessary equipment and knowledge to work with the bees safely.
Where will you work?
When starting a beehive business you will need to set up your beehive in a locality in which it is allowed by local ordinances. You will need to work in a climate and environment favorable to honey bees. Having a large yard is helpful so that you better contain the bees and avoid complaints from neighbors. The beehive should be placed in a remote section away from people and children. You will also need the land surrounding the hive to be favorable to the flowers you want them to pollinate. You also need to be in area with minimal toxins your bees would be sensitive to.
If you already have the favorable property secured, the costs can be fairly moderate. There are websites like GreenBeeHives.Com which supply the materials needed to build a hive from scratch or kits to work from. You will need to purchase the bees, once the hive and bee garden is ready. You will also need to purchase the beekeeping ware, and the equipment and medicines to protect your bees. You will also have the usual cost of starting and maintaining a business, such as accounting, legal, promotional, and office supply costs. You can sell your honey to established beekeepers to avoid the costs of bottling and distributing the honey. If needed you can decide setting up a beetle trap.
Starting a Beehive Business Tips
Seek Guidance– Experts in the field can offer you useful advice on caring for bees and running a successful beehive business. The American Beekeeping Federation and the Back Yard Beekeepers Association may be able to help in your search. You can also look at forums for beekeepers.
Work with a “green” bee hive building supplier – you want to do everything you can to make sure you are not introducing anything toxic to the bees. A reputable supplier can also answer a lot of your questions.
Be the sought after flavor – be very mindful about the flowers you plant, because they will influence the flavor of the honey. If you have extra sites, you can experiment with new nectar combinations.
Keep you bees healthy– make sure you have all the necessary medicine on hand, and keep up on any diseases spreading in your area. Be mindful that pesticides can be harmful to bees. Be aware of Colony Collapse Disorder
which are affecting an increasing number of beehives.
Get an Allergy Test– Prior to the handling of bees it is a good idea to get an allergy test to make sure you are not allergic to them.
Advertising a Beehive Business
When advertising your beehive business try out a variety of the following techniques to advertise your business and keep track of their performance. Keep the methods that are working out the best for your business and dump the ones that are not:
- Beehive Business Cards– Create business cards and hand them whenever an opportunity appears.
- Farmers markets– You can decide to sell your honey at local farmers markets and flee markets. However if you decide to do so be sure you adhere to labeling requirements. You also need to call your local and state government offices in the area of your business to ask about what needs to be done so you can sell your honey directly to consumers. You will also need to purchase FDA approved containers
- Website:You can decide to have a website to provide customers with general information about your beehive business. You can even include website address on your jar label.