Getting Started and Setting Up Your Beekeeping Apiary – Michael Jordan
Getting Started and Setting Up Your Beekeeping Apiary
This PETV Presentation is about getting started and setting up your Beekeeping Apiary. After taking the “Are Bee For Me?” course, the next big question is, “How do I set up my site for bees”. One can read a lot of books and see videos of beekeeping, but not many tell you how to get set up. People talk about equipment or hives, but never really what are you looking for in a site. I am going to take some time with Josiah Wallingford to go over a site set up. Taking you through the steps needed to creating a good site so that you can get ready to develop your beekeeping system.
We will cover some things about site safety. Not equipment, but things that will help you on your site and the people around you. We will look at how to set up windbreaks for the bees so they can have better flights to and from the hive. How to make flight patterns for the bees to keep them where you want them to be by observing their water, food, and the site’s orientation to the sun.
This presentation will even help you with your full BeeDC course. It will be one of the installments that you will need to build your beekeeping book. Site set up is a big one.
What is one looking for on hive stands, and why do I need shade? With this online presentation, people will be asking questions that you may have yourself. We will hit those topics and get your answers to building a great location for your Apiary.
I want to share some links, books, and opportunities that will help you on your way to being a beekeeper. These would be great resources to add to your beekeeping book.
You should get involved in http://www.beesource.com/forums/. There are hundred of beekeepers in the world, and many are Bee Source. Helping each other, and sharing information.
Next, you should always log in to https://www.facebook.com/abeefriendly/ on Facebook. We post all kinds of thing, and you can always message me there to get help or information.
Abeefriendlycompany.com is a good way to reach us. There are a few good groups on facebook, and many of your local clubs can be found there. You should scout it out.
You can also message me https://www.facebook.com/moj666wyo on Facebook and I can point out some sites that are near you or that are helping out beekeepers.
You can always hit up YouTube.
My YouTube site is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtnR4PIYWPz7o6pkG6gkrpQ. You will see us do all kinds of things, from making Mead, building swarm traps, or sharing beekeeping information. On YouTube, you can look up The Fat Bee Man, Don Kuchenmeister, or Michael Bush from Bush Bee farms. They are both really good at what they do and show it on their YouTube site. You can cruise YouTube asking your questions and see them covered by others on YouTube.
Speaking of Michael Bush, He has a great book. The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally. He has a website http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm that has great info. I really admire his work. firstname.lastname@example.org
Albert with Eco Bee Box, the modern style of beekeeping can be found at http://ecobeebox.net/. A super beekeeper from Utah, he has his own hive and style of beekeeping. I think it is a great way to start looking outside the box in keeping bees. There are many great beekeepers out there and some that are not.
For books, there are a few you should get.
- Michael Bushes book, Roots ABC-XYZ of beekeeping. http://amzn.to/2kFjucs
- Backyard beekeeper by Kim Flottum. http://amzn.to/2l3ptJd
- Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Backistion and Null. http://amzn.to/2lFrv54
- Top-Bart Beekeeping Organic practices for Honeybee Health by Les Crowder. http://amzn.to/2kmayMR
- Natural Beekeeping with The Warre Hive by David Heaf. http://amzn.to/2kOp4vx
- And try to advance yourself by reading Increase Essentials by Lawrence John Connor. http://amzn.to/2l3sJEc
You should also hit up some great courses that are out there.
One of the largest one is The Wyoming Bee College in Wyoming. Bringing in 60 instructors from all over the world sharing what they know on bees.
There is the Penn States online course that is awesome http://beekeeping101.psu.edu/. They also so have a free book that is great at http://extension.psu.edu/publications/agrs-093.
There are many things out there for you to browse through. This list above will get you wanting more and will help you become a great beekeeper… I stay away from things that are copies of books or programs.
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