There are more benefits to beekeeping than just free honey. If everyone that thought about being a beekeeper knew all of the amazing perks, we would have no problem saving the honeybees.The first step to being a beekeeper is learning more about bees, right? So, today, I’ll fill you in on all of the joys of beekeeping, like beeswax, luscious gardens, and more. We’ll also cover some things to consider before becoming a beekeeper. After that, it is up to you to make the decision to get your beekeeping kit, suit, and tools in preparation for your new honeybee colony.
6 Reasons to be a Beekeeper
#1 …Bee Conservation
Parasites, disease, pesticides, and other negative factors have caused the honeybee population to plummet. Without these pollinators, we would be unable to have the plants and foods that we love.
Honeybees are the little helpers of the world. It’s by their work that animals and humans have the diverse diet that we have. If the thought of never eating apple pie or smelling the roses again doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will!
Keeping your own beehive not only helps with your garden and the bee population in your area, but you are making the ecosystem around you healthier as well.
#2 …Fresh Honey
It may not be the only reason to have your own honeybee colony, but it is one of the most delicious reasons. Once you have honey straight from the hive, you won’t want to go back to eating store-bought honey.
Honey has healthy benefits all on its own. Some of the top benefits are:
- Weight Management
- Natural Energy Booster (use honey before or after a workout)
- Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
- Natural Cough Syrup
- Counters Pollen Allergies
- Natural Sleep Promoter
If you thought honey had a lot of benefits and uses, wait until you hear about some of the exciting ways you can use beeswax:
- Make Candles
- Waterproof Shoes and Boots
- Cheese Waxing
- Prevent Tools from Rusting
- Beeswax Crayons
- Beeswax Modeling Clay
- Shoe Polish
- Dry Hair Care
- Grease Cookie Sheets for Baking
- Furniture and Granit Countertop Polish
#4 …Low Maintenance, Big Benefits
Once your honeybee colony is up and running, it takes about 30 minutes a week to check in on your hive. Other than a weekly (or for some bi-weekly) checkup, your bees will do all of the work on their own. You will need a bit of extra time to harvest honey when that time comes.
Compared to other household pets or livestock, honeybees are a breeze to take care of. Plus, unlike my dog, they pay you for letting them hang around with delicious, fresh honey!
#5 …Added Pollination for a More Luscious Garden
Whether you have a food based or flower based garden, honeybees are absolutely amazing to have around. These buzzing pollinators will go from plant to plant and boost the food production of your plants. So, you will have larger blooms, fruits, and veggies.
#6 …Natural Stress Reliever
Even though no studies have been done, every article I’ve read on beekeeping says the same thing, “tending honeybees reduces stress.”
People all around the world have started up this hobby for different reasons, but all have found that caring for honeybees clears their mind, relieves the stress of the day, and can calm the hustle and bustle of the world around them.
There may not be scientific evidence to prove this point, but hundreds of beekeepers can’t be wrong!
Consider This Before Beekeeping
All of these benefits sound wonderful right? Even though this hobby is great, beekeeping isn’t going to be for everyone. Below are a few points to consider before your backyard beekeeping adventure begins.
Start-Up Cost: Once your hive is up and running, beekeeping is very inexpensive, but you will need some supplies to get started. These supplies include a hive box, protective gear, a smoker, hive tools, bee feed, extracting equipment, and bees. Many beekeepers avoid a lot of expense by buying used tools, making hive boxes themselves, or sharing the cost of equipment with other beekeepers in your area. You can also save by purchasing a beekeeping kit, which includes all of your start-up beekeeper supplies.
Heavy Lifting: An empty hive box or frame is light as a feather, but once those are filled with honey, they can weigh 30 to 70 pounds. You will need to be able to lift this weight to extract the honey.
Bee Stings: If you or anyone in your family is allergic to bee stings, you might want to reconsider bringing honeybees into your backyard. Bee stings hurt no matter what, but you’re likely to develop an immunity to the poison.
Local Laws and Regulations: You are definitely going to want to check the local bee laws before considering beekeeping as a hobby. Don’t assume you are in the clear because you live out of town, and if you live in town, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have honeybees.
All beekeepers suggest that you should study as much as you can before buying your first package of bees. Rural King is proud to provide new and experienced beekeepers with all kinds of facts and instructions on beekeeping. You can read more information by going to ruralking.com/beekeeping.
Rural King’s YouTube channel is also jam-packed with beekeeping videos that cover everything from constructing your first beehive to extracting honey for the first time. Below you can watch one of many helpful videos. To find more, go to Rural King’s YouTube channel.
If you have any beginning beekeeper questions or some helpful tips for new beekeepers, leave a comment in the text box below.