It makes no difference if you are a man, woman, or younger child, or a person with a handicap you can become a beekeeper, whether you live in the Big City, the Suburbs, or out in the countryside !

Honeybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on hot days, the smell of honey, wafting through the air within ten feet of the hive. They increase pollination in your yard and therefore increase your yields from fruit trees and vegetables. You may also harvest honey (gallons per year), beeswax, pollen, and propolis from the hive. Your own honey  will provide you a tasty treat for your home table as well as a gift for relatives, friends or neighbors. I never knew of anyone to turn down a free jar of honey !

Your first step is to learn all about honey bees. You need to learn about the three kinds of honey bees that you will find living inside a beehive - the Drone, the Worker and the Queen. Honey bees are highly specialized and a functioning hive needs each of the hive members to perform their job well, or the hive will not survive and prosper. They must work as a team and be willing to sacrifice themselves if need be to keep the hive alive and thriving.

Bee Hive Members

Some people develop beekeeping into a profitable sideline providing themselves with some extra supplemental income.

As long as you are mobile enough to get around your yard by one means or another, there is no reason why (with maybe a little help from a friend or relative for lifting hive boxes) you cannot take up beekeeping along with anyone else. See Beekeeping With A Handicap

Beekeeping can provide you with a lifetime interest that will keep you learning something new everyday, as well as providing you with many pleasurable moments of relief from the daily stresses of living and working.

Bees At The White House [ You Tube Video ]

Always remember one thing - The Bees have been doing what they do for thousands of years and 'know what they are doing'. We beekeepers often screw them up because we think we know more then they do :-) ! Our job is really to provide a good place to live and help them out in an emergency.

So .... let's get started to learn how to begin beekeeping. Check out the menu above and start out now to find out who lives inside that beehive and what they do in there. Many illustrative videos about various aspects of beekeeping are offered throughout the site.

What should you do if you acquire used beehives ?

Honey Bee News - [ Some bees are thrill seekers ] updated March 10, 2012

Learn about Top Bar Hive Beekeeping - a different way of keeping bees that is economically inexpensive and environmentally sound.

Do you have a question about honey bees or beekeeping ? Visit our "Ask The Beekeeper" page !

Check out our Bee Faqs Page

Honey Bees need a good nearby source of water.

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