It’s great that you are looking at getting into bee keeping and want to know more. Awesome! The more people know and learn about pollinators and their important role in ecosystems and food production, the better. Taking on the responsibility of beekeeping is a big step in the right direction for someone who wants to connect on a deeper level with nature or, quite simply, someone who wants to provide pollination for their neighbours and local ecosystem.
Like anything, you will need a strong interest in beekeeping if you are thinking of starting at home. Outside of just exploring the fascinating world of bees, you need to be prepared to set aside at least one hour every fortnight to inspect your beehive, identifying change and development in the hive. There is loads to learn and know. Join a local organization or interest group to get the support and wisdom of the community behind you.
There are many things to consider for the backyard beekeeper, such as the position of your hive, what impact the hive could have on your neighbours, whether the beehive will receive enough sun during the day and whether there is a nearby water source – just to name a few.
Best to check in with your local city council area about space requirements for European honeybees (Apis mellifera) at your home: The requirements for keeping honey-producing beehives depend on where you live and how much space you have. Each local council has slightly different by-laws and requirements.
Bee One Third’s beehive service arrangement operates on a business to business model. If you are a business, building owner, property manager, café, restaurant, precinct manager or just have a burning desire to see more bees incorporated into your company’s internal philosophy, then get in touch!
If you are interested in being home to one or more hives in your backyard or within your community garden, we would love to help you get started. Bee One Third provides a dedicated mentoring program covering one-on-one training within the first year of beekeeping – we will come to you!
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Although honey is not the primary reason you should be keeping bees, I would think that in the first year of beekeeping you should expect to extract around 50kg of honey if you begin beekeeping in spring and see it through to autumn. This is assumed if working from a nucleus colony and growing it into a fully operation three or four box colony. In years to follow, a reasonable years harvest would be around 90-100kg per full season (spring-autumn).
Loads of ways! Have a look in to the following ways to help your local bee population. A simple Google search of the following titles will help you understand the topics better.
- Solitary Bee Wall
- Native beehive
- Plant bee friendly plants
- European beehive (Big investment in time)
- Encourage local community garden to get more hives!
- Plant more flowers!
Yes and no. If you are well-trained and understand the potentials of beekeeping, it will be an enjoyable and safe journey over the coming years – if not decades! Respect for the bees is essential as they will not tolerate ignorance or hot-headed behaviour near their hives.
You must always wear protective clothing when working your beehives and, if you have an allergic reaction to bee stings, you must always carry an EPI-PEN in your pocket. PLEASE NOTE: Allergic reaction is not ‘swelling’ but anaphylactic shock.
The industry is not a hugely competitive space regarding product sales, popularity or levels of ‘cool’ but, rather, in a rare and unique way. The beekeeping industry is competitive in individual nature and precision, dependant on each beekeepers set-up.
Beekeepers are competitive with one another when it comes to discovering and owning the best ‘apiary sites’ which house bees during forest or crop flowering seasons. These sites can yield hundreds of kilograms of honey and comb per beehive if positioned well within a floral source. Some beekeepers are lucky enough to have apiary sites positioned in rare ‘Jelly Bush’ or ‘Leptospermum’ country – known to Australian beekeepers as some of the hardest territory to work your bees on.