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Common Beekeeping Problems That Every New Beekeeper Faces
Beekeeping can be challenging if you are new to this field. Things obviously get easier as you gain experience, but in the beginning, you will surely face some problems. Beekeeping is a tricky thing, and in order to be a successful beekeeper, you need to pay very good attention to your bee’s behavior. Bee’s behaviours tell a lot about them. Whenever there is some problem in your beehive, the behaviors of the bees will change from normal. All you need to do is keep looking for signs and take immediate actions if something is not right.
Some common beekeeping problems faced by every beekeeper, in the beginning, are listed below.
· Your first bee colony
· Floral source
· Handling queen bees
· The health of your bee colony
Your First Bee Colony
So you have made your mind to start beekeeping. You are ready with all the knowledge and preparations but wait what about your bees. Where and how you will get bees for your hive.
Well there are mainly two ways of getting your honey bees
· Trapping wild bees
· Buying bees from a bee farm
The best way to start is by buying bees from a local beekeeper. Buying your bees locally is generally cheap and you can always contact the bee farm in case you need any assistance.
Floral Source Needed
Next common problem is the floral source. You might be thinking that there are tons of flowers in my backyard and that will be sufficient for the bees. But let me tell you that bees are quite choosy when it comes to collecting nectar. You need to know which species of plants are liked by the bees so that they can get their food easily. Your bees will only become weak if there is not sufficient nectar.
Handling Queen Bees
Queen is the most important part of any bee colony and a colony cannot survive without a queen. A queen bee lays around 2000 eggs every single day. Most of the beginner beekeepers do not even notice whether there is a queen in their bee colony or not. One very common sign that there is no queen in your bee colony is the decrease in population of the bees.
You need to buy a new queen for your bee colony if the older queen dies or flies away.
The Health of Your Bees
Bee’s health is the most important thing when it comes to a successful beekeeping. Honey can get infected with many diseases which result in the death of the whole colony. One of the most common enemies of bees is Varroa mites. These mites live on the blood of honey bees. This makes the bees weak and at last, they die. Vaorra spread at a very fast pace because of their extremely fast reproduction. There are various products available in the market using which you can control varroa mites in your beehives.
Some other common threats to your bee colony are beetles, wax moths, large animals and viruses.
These are some of the most common beekeeping problems with their solutions.
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