Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. Most such bees are honey bees in the genus Apis.
- Bee products include honey, beeswax, propolis, flower pollen, bee pollen, and royal jelly.
- Apiculture also helps to pollinate crops and to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.
- Beekeeping or apiculture could be a lucrative venture if done and marketed properly. Those who started bee farming have attested to its high profitability.
- You can get amazing quantities of honey from your beehives. As a farmer, you should expect to get up to 10-15 litres of honey per hive.
- We offer beeswax, natural honey, beehives, bee suits, and other equipment related to raising bees.
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Facts about bees
- Honey bees are super-important pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
- Bees live in hives (or colonies). The members of the hive are divided into three groups namely queen, workers, and drones.
- If the queen bee dies, workers will create a new queen by selecting a young larva (the newly hatched baby insects) and feeding it a special food called “royal jelly“. This enables the larva to develop into a fertile queen.
- Honey bees are fab flyers. They fly at a speed of around 25km per hour and beat their wings 200 times per second!
- Each bee has 170 odorant receptors, which means they have one serious sense of smell! They use this to communicate within the hive and to recognize different types of flowers when looking for food.
- The average worker bee lives for just five to six weeks. During this time, she’ll produce around a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.
- The queen can live up to five years. She is busiest in the summer months when she can lay up to 2,500 eggs a day!