Do you have a passion for saving bees and want to make it a hobby or full-time career?
A beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees.
Beekeepers create profit by selling honey, honeycomb, and wax.
What Does A Beekeeper Do?
Maintain healthy bees for pollination and honey production
Look at hives to ensure there are no diseases present
Collect and package honey, beeswax and pollen
Stick to food safety guidelines when harvesting and processing honey and other hive products
Maintain records regarding the condition of the hive and associated production levels
Which is a responsibility of a beekeeper?
Types Of Beekeepers
Beekeepers are hobby beekeepers or commercial beekeepers.
Typically work on only a few hives
A single, healthy hive can yield 50 to 100 pounds of honey
Have hundreds or thousands of bee hives
Produce millions of pounds of honey
Things To Consider
Are you afraid of being stung? Every good beekeeper will get stung at some point.
Are you allergic to insect bites or stings?
Do you have a good location to keep your bees? Will you keep hives in your yard? What about neighborhood restrictions?
Can you lift at least 25 pounds? Hives full of honey can get quite heavy.
Can you tend to the hives year round? You will need to check on your hives all year.
Can you afford it? It can cost at least $400 to buy the equipment you need.
If you live in a neighborhood, who should you consider before installing a beehive in your backyard?
Salary For Commercial Beekeepers
In the US, the salary for a commercial beekeeper is $47,562
In Canada, the salary for a commercial beekeeper is $39,750
Now that you have a better idea of what it is like to be a beekeeper and what it takes, what can you do?