The best time to buy bees is in the spring, to ensure that you get a viable hive with a good laying queen.
A standard beehive has a bottom board and a hive cover with multiple boxes in between.
“Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation,” according to Jeffrey Harris, Assistant Professor of Entomology at Mississippi State University.
Mississippi is home to approximately 12 full-time commercial beekeepers, 35 part-time honey producers, and several hundred hobbyists.
Using a bee brush to sweep the bees from each frame is one option, but can become labor intensive the more hives you have.
Bee escape boards are used to direct the bees into a one way trip out of the honey supers. Another option includes using chemicals like Bee Go or Bee Robber, which is placed on the underside of a special acid board cover. Finally, a bee blower can be used to blow the bees right off the frames, out of the super and onto the ground in front of the hive.
A frame of eggs and young larvae from the second hive can be given to the queen-less unit so they can raise a new queen.
Personal Equipment – At a minimum, you’ll need a veil, hive tool and bee smoker.
As a value-added commodity, honey bees contribute to the pollination of fruits, berries, vegetables, sunflowers, cotton, soybeans, peanuts and wild plants in Mississippi, totaling 0 million annually (Source: Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce).
If you’re interested in bees and have thought about starting a colony (or two) of your own, keep reading for some helpful information and visit our webpage for more information about starting and managing a beekeeping business.