How Does A Beehive Start – Easier than you might think
A question you never really ponder until your beekeeper journey starts is, how does a beehive start? Beehives have to start right? Bees reproduce on two levels.
Firstly, on an individual level where eggs are laid and reared. Secondly, on a hive level where entire hives are reproduced to ensure the continuation of the honeybee species. This is fundamentally how a beehive does start.
You want to harness bees’ ability to reproduce hives to your advantage to get your setup started.
How Can I Find A Bee Swarm?
Finding a swarm is exciting, sort of like finding an irresistible bargain. Swarming occurs through spring and early summer. Relying on your own self to find and track down swarms is needle in the haystack stuff so here’s a few ideas to get you started.
- Get talking. Join and talk to others in your local beekeeping community, they know how to start a beehive.
- Get typing. Multiple online and social media groups are actively making a difference. Let them know you’re on the lookout in your area. This is a wealth of knowledge if you are prepared to read.
- Your local pest control agency or fire department often get calls to remove swarms. Let them know your interest, as transferring responsibility to an eager beekeeper is the ideal scenario for you both.
- Talk to your friends and family – more ears to the ground means more honeybees.
How does a beehive start? What Do I Need To Catch A Swarm?
Let’s get you on your way to starting your own beehive. Here’s a table of what we keep in our swarm kit and how we use it:
That’s a wrap!
You’ve done it! You’ve got the solution to the question, “how does a beehive start?” You should leave a small opening to allow access for all of the bees. Install your bees into their new hive early the next morning to avoid excess stress and possible overheating. Job done, good luck! Get that swarm installed in a hive and happy days are ahead.