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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

The Bountiful Bee

Back Yard Beekeeping

With Howland Blackiston & Ed Weiss

www.bee-commerce.com


History of beekeeping
History of Beekeeping

  • Honey Robbers (20,000 B.C.)


History of beekeeping1
History of Beekeeping

  • Beekeeping in Egypt (2400 B.C.)


History of beekeeping2
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
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)



The anatomy of a beehive
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
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
Tools of the Trade

  • Hivetool

  • Smoker

  • Gloves (if you must)

  • Veil


Where to put your hive
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
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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