Beekeeper Tips for Rookies


beekeeperDoesn’t the idea of becoming a beekeeper, gathering your own backyard honey for your family sound like a responsible self reliance skill to master?

I have to admit in theory it sounds like the right thing to do for my family. In reality however, I am not sure I’m ready to take on a swarming Bee colony by myself.

When I was a kid Winnie the Pooh was always in a tree looking for honey. The idea of an angry bee colony never seemed to bother Pooh. I’d like to consider it myself this year but I have to admit, I’m not as brave as Pooh.

Thankfully Samantha Burns at is a beekeeper and a master gardener in Maine and she shares some important tips that any novice Beekeeper should be aware of.

Over the years she has learned a lot through trial and error and her own rookie mistakes are now your steps to help you remember what you should never do.  She has very graciously complied a top six beekeeper tip list that has proven to be quite successful for her over the years.

Her list:

1. How to approach the hive

2. Bumping or Jarring the hive

3. Weather is a factor

4. When to perform inspections

5. How to work around the hive

6. The importance of smoke

It’s a good read with important info for you to know if your considering it this year but in no means is it meant to be a comprehensive bee keeping list.

Do you keep bees? What else should be added to the list? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by,

Jeff “The Berkey Guy”

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One Response to Beekeeper Tips for Rookies

  1. Round Plastic honey Containers June 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Also make sure you are using right storage buckets to keep your honey fresh and it will help to keep them for a long period of time.

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