The Brief Guide That Makes Making Honey a Simple Process

Have you ever thought about making your own honey? The process isn’t as complicated as you might have thought.

Honey is one of nature’s most amazing treats. You can put it on pretty much anything to give it a bit of sweetness and you can get it straight out of your backyard. All you have to do is learn how to keep bees.

If the thought of beekeeping is terrifying, then this post is for you. This is your brief guide for making honey in the simplest and most delicious way. Read on and you’ll see that a few bees can give you a lot of homemade sweetness.

Housing Your Colony of Honey Bees

The first thing you’ll need, even before you integrate bees into the equation, is a fully-functioning beehive. You can either make one yourself or buy one from a reputable seller. There are numerous different styles, shapes, and sizes for beehives, so do some research and choose one that fits your needs.

With your beehive ready to go, you can purchase your honeybee colony and a few honeybee queens. You buy them in lot size – most go for a 2-3 pound lot to start. There are numerous types of bees to choose from, so go with a swarm that is gentle, resistant to disease, and of course, produce large amounts of honey.

Working With Your Hive

You’ll want to get the bees into the hive between April and July, or else they may fly away for the winter soon after. The bees will come in what is called a “nucleus”, which is a box with several side-by-side frames that holds the queen, the workers, the brood (larvae and eggs), and some honey stores. For a seamless transition into your beehive, feed the bees with a mixture of two parts water and one part sugar using a spray bottle.

Other than the odd feeding for the queen bee, you don’t have to do much to keep your colony productive. As long as the queen is happy, she can produce thousands of eggs per day. The bees do all of the work for you, then you come and collect the honey when the time is right.

Collecting and Making Honey

Collecting the honey is really easy, but you’re going to need protection so that you don’t get stung. At the very least, you should have a bee veil covering your head and shoulders, but the hardcore beekeepers are using a full suit every time.

The other thing you’re going to need is a smoker. This is a small cylindrical item with a fire burning inside and bellows that pump the smoke out. Smoke is used to essentially sedate the bees so that you can go in and take the honey.

A puff or two should be enough to allow you to open the hive and collect the honeycomb. With a honey extractor, you can turn the honeycombs into the delicious viscous substance we all know and love.

Enjoying the Delicious Honey

As you can see, making honey is a breeze. The bees really do do everything for you, so you just need the right equipment, the right bees, and you’re off! All that’s left to do is enjoy your delicious honey.

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