So, my wife and I are thinking of beekeeping this year. From what I’ve read thus far, it seems a little less labor intensive than other homestead critters. Down the road, we’re thinking of adding chickens and possibly bunnies too. But for now, bees will be a good start, I think.
We always have gardens going in season so having bees around to help pollinate things just makes sense. Plus, the idea of producing our own honey is appealing. While we’re not looking at this as a financial investment, if we can make a few extra bucks by selling/trading the honey to family and neighbors, all the better.
The health benefits of honey are huge too. It helps alleviate coughs, heal wounds, is a great natural energy source as well as an antioxidant. There is also research out there that seems to indicate it can have a positive impact on Type II diabetes.
Have you raised bees before? How did it go? Any suggestions or pointers you can share?