Questions a New Beekeeper Should Ask – 2016

These are questions we feel every new beekeeper should ask. We are asked some of these questions daily. Some of the answers we give to these are not what you would think or expect.

  • Are all honey bees the same?
  • Are there different types of beehives for raising bees and making honey?
  • What is the most important lesson for a new/old beekeeper to know?
  • How does a person start beekeeping?
  • What does a person need if you don’t want honey, but need pollination?
  • Can I have a colony of bees for just my garden or orchard?
  • Is it easy to produce honey?
  • How do I keep my bees alive?
  • What books would you suggest for beekeeping?
  • How much does it cost to get into beekeeping?
  • How much profit should be expected from a colony the first year? Then, in subsequent years?
  • Other than honey, what can a hive produce?
  • What would you advise a new beekeeper?
  • I am interested in becoming a beekeeper, what do you recommend for equipment?
  • Tell me about the various types of beehives: Langstroth hive, top-bar hive, Warré hive, AZ hive, Eco Bee Box hive, etc.  Can you briefly list the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • What kinds of diseases are out there attacking honeybees?
  • Are there predators that seek out bees?
  • Myths of beekeeping?
  • How many hives can you put in an area?
  • Bees need nectar and pollen, is that all?
  • Are all pollen and nectar sources equal?
  • You teach about a hive ecosystem, what is that all about?
  • Are all areas suitable for honeybees?
  • Regional issues in beekeeping?
  • Laws for beekeepers and challenges?
  • Each year we hear of horrible losses to our bee population around the world.  What is going on?
  • When did the Eco Bee Box Mini Urban hive come about?
  • Can your Mini Urban Hive help save the honey bees?
  • What is sustainability in beekeeping and why is that important for a beekeeper?
  • How do you teach sustainable beekeeping?
  • What is natural beekeeping?  Do you believe in natural beekeeping?
  • I heard you need a queen for a colony to survive, how do you start without a queen?
  • Do the mini hives produce honey we can harvest, or are we just learning how to be a beekeeper?
  • Is there an age limit for beekeeping?
  • Tell me what you can do with honey?
  • If I wear a bee suit, I shouldn’t get stung, right?
  • Can you name some ways to make profits from beekeeping and bees … other than honey?
  • Propolis is made by bees, what is it and how can we use it?
  • What is mead and how is it made … and what can it be used for, other than recreational?
  • There are tricks and secrets every old-time beekeeper has, as well as commercial beekeepers … have you learned any?
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Eco Bee Box Canada produces modern pine and cedar beekeeping beehive equipment in both Canada (CA) and United States (US). This signature equipment is made with patented hardware for our unique box designs. This attractive hardware prevents box breakdown and assists the beekeeper. Our modern hives include: the Mini Urban Beehive (MUB); Langstroth Horizontal Hive (SANC); Comb Box Hive (COMB); Observation Hive (LUM); Vintage Hive (VINT); and others. 

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