How to Light a Bee Smoker: Just like starting a fire in the fireplace or a campfire, when lighting a bee smoker, start with easily burning materials to use as tinder, such as paper or dried leaves.
Beekeeping Equipment: As you get ready to keep bees, there is some important equipment you will need to get started. For the beginning beekeeper, this the equipment I would suggest.
We call the queen “Her Royal Highness” because, frankly, she is spoiled. We could call her a princess, but has a lot of responsibilities. As for honey bee jobs, she doesn’t really have many, but her main job is the most important. Without her, there would be no hive.
Honey Bee Jobs: Drones and Workers Pictured: Worker bees emerging from a hive. When learning beekeeping, one of the most important things to learn about are the bees, their jobs, why they bee-have the way they do, and how they interact with other bees in… [read more]
A few years ago, my daughter Hannah, started to take interest in beekeeping and decided to take it as a 4-H project. Since I have been beekeeping for so long, I could answer most of her questions.
I’ve been beekeeping since 1998. When I started out, I knew very little about honey bees and caring for them and had a lot to learn. I started to research as much as I could and gathering information from everywhere. There is tons to learn about bees, as they are fascinating creatures.