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The Bountiful Bee. Back Yard Beekeeping With Howland Blackiston & Ed Weiss www.bee-commerce.com. History of Beekeeping. Honey Robbers (20,000 B.C.). History of Beekeeping. Beekeeping in Egypt (2400 B.C.). History of Beekeeping. European Beekeeping (1300 A.D.)

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The Bountiful Bee

Back Yard Beekeeping

With Howland Blackiston & Ed Weiss

www.bee-commerce.com


History of Beekeeping

  • Honey Robbers (20,000 B.C.)


History of Beekeeping

  • Beekeeping in Egypt (2400 B.C.)


History of Beekeeping

  • European Beekeeping (1300 A.D.)

  • Methods Change (1852Langstroth)

  • Bees Come to Virginia (1621)

  • New Growth in Back Yard Beekeeping


Benefits of Bees

  • Honey (100 lbs per hive; Complete Food)

  • Beeswax (Candles, Polish, Crafts, Etc.)

  • Pollen (60 pounds per hive; High Protein)

  • Propolis (Antibacterial; Varnish)

  • Venom (Medical Use)

  • Pollination (The Big Attraction)


Bees and Pollination


The Anatomy of a Beehive

  • 60,000-80,000 bees (summer)

  • 10,000-15,000 bees (winter)

  • Three Casts of Bee

    • The Queen

    • Drones

    • Worker Bees (Many Responsibilities)


The Modern Beehive

Outer Cover

Inner Cover

Honey Supers (Shallow) Queen Excluder

Food Chamber (Deep)

Brood Chamber (Deep)Bottom Board

Hive Stand


Tools of the Trade

  • Hivetool

  • Smoker

  • Gloves (if you must)

  • Veil


Where to Put Your Hive

  • Don’t Create a Nuisance

  • Easy, Level Access

  • Nearby Water Source

  • Dappled Sunlight

  • Shielded from Winds

  • Facing South-East


Getting Started

  • Read-up on Beekeeping

  • Join a Regional Club

  • Latch onto a Mentor

  • Order Start-Up Kit

  • Order Package Bees

  • Begin your love affair


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