It is a fact that every honeybee apiary is not the same, either in location, size, availability of nectar and pollen, or in the management style of how the beekeeper tends to their colonies. However, there are standards that must be met for the apiary to remain healthy and grow. During the first year as a “beekeeper” I learned a valuable lesson in managing honeybees. The size of your apiary should not be one’s primary concern, for it is the bees who matter as they are the primary concern, not the number of hives or the amount of honey they might produce. The “beekeeper” who properly manages their apiary is more concerned about bee stress and having a good-
A word of caution! The “person who just keeps bees” typically fails to plan for any Sustainable Hive Management (SHM). This differs from Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and both practices should be an integral part of the beekeeper’s Apiary Management Plan (AMP). Beekeeping is not a mood-
Which category offers the greatest value?
Examine each management style and you will notice that they will reveal a decisive answer for the beekeeper. Understand this…, beekeeping is not a hobby because hobbies are “mood-
Apiary Management Plan (AMP) – this plan is similar to a business plan for any company, regardless of its size. Examine as many concerns of your beekeeping goals as you can to see the full picture of how you expect the apiary to grow. Consider beekeeping as a business, because it is your business and to have a successful apiary one must plan for success and consider issues like:
Example: ZBees Apiary lies within the city limits of Waynesville, NC and neighbors are all around. It is unwise, and poor business and neighbor practice, to have Russian honeybees at this location. A gentler race of honeybee like Italian or Saskatraz honeybees’ best suits our apiary.
I am a technical beekeeper and I use my iPad Pro with a great application called HivesmartHQ to manage ZBees Apiary. Spreadsheets were my first method of tracking hive data, however, HivesmartHQ does all the data collection and correlations. As necessary, I can manipulate what data I need for research purposes by exporting that data into a spreadsheet format for a more detailed analysis.
Sustainable Hive Management (SHM) – this plan involves preserving a healthy environment for honeybees to pollinate and thrive. Much of the Sustainable Hive Management plan has to do with protecting the environment and the honeybees natural foraging range. That range is technically 1.86 miles or about a 2-
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – involves monitoring and controlling pests or diseases present any potential threat hive, like ants, earwigs, and spiders which are bothersome, yellow-
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