Beekeeping in Kenya


The Complete beginners guide to start beekeeping

Beekeeping is the practice of managing and caring for a colony of honey bees, with the goal of producing honey and other bee products, while also promoting the health and well-being of the colony. It can be a rewarding hobby, and also has significant benefits for the environment, such as pollination and honey production.

The first step in beekeeping is to familiarize yourself with the biology and behavior of honey bees. Honey bees live in a colony, with a highly organized social structure and division of labor. They communicate with each other through a series of dances and pheromones to coordinate activities such as foraging for food, caring for the young, and defending the colony.


Next, it is important to choose the right type of hive and location for your bees. There are several types of hives, including Langstroth, Kenya Top Bar(KTBH), Cab, Warre or even flow hives, and it is important to choose a location that provides adequate sun, protection from wind and rain, and is close to a source of food (flowers).

Beekeepers must also have the right equipment and supplies, including protective gear, a smoker, and tools for managing the hive. It is also important to understand and follow local laws and regulations regarding beekeeping, as well as obtain any necessary permits or certifications.

In order to keep the colony healthy and thriving, beekeepers must monitor the colony regularly and take steps to prevent diseases and parasites. This may include providing adequate food, ensuring there is enough space for the colony to grow, and removing any dead bees or comb.

With proper care and management, a colony of honey bees can provide a steady source of honey, beeswax, and other bee products, while also supporting the local ecosystem through pollination. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced beekeeper, beekeeping can be a rewarding and profitable project

The benefits of keeping honey bees

Beekeeping can have numerous benefits, both for the environment and for the beekeeper.

From a profit-making perspective, beekeeping can be a source of supplementary income through the production of honey, beeswax, and other bee products. Honey has numerous culinary and medicinal uses, and is now in high demand as a natural sweetener for teas and juices. Beeswax is also used in a variety of products, including candles, cosmetics, and wood polish.

In addition, beekeeping can have a positive impact on the environment. Honey bees are important pollinators, responsible for pollinating many of the crops that make up a significant portion of the human diet, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. By keeping bees, beekeepers can help to support local ecosystems and increase the overall abundance of pollinators.

Furthermore, beekeeping can provide a sense of community and connection to nature. Many beekeepers find that working with their bees is a relaxing and rewarding experience, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with others.

In conclusion, beekeeping can be an educational, profitable, and environmentally friendly activity, providing numerous benefits for both the beekeeper and the environment.

Steps to getting started with beekeeping in Kenya

Getting started with beekeeping can seem overwhelming, but with the right steps and preparation, it can be a rewarding and educational experience. The following are the basic steps to getting started with beekeeping:

  1. Research and educate yourself: Learn about the biology and behavior of honey bees, as well as the different types of hives, equipment, and supplies you will need (Most of these topics are spread out in our beekeeping blog). 
  2. Choose the right location: Consider factors such as access to flowers, protection from wind and rain, and location as well in relation to other animals, neighbors etc. 
  3. Purchase equipment and supplies: Invest in the necessary equipment and supplies, including a hive, a proper hive stand, a quality beesuit, smoker, and tools for managing the hive. 
  4. Acquire your bees: Purchase a nucleus colony or a package of bees from a reputable breeder, or catch a swarm if one is available using a catcher box. Or swarm lure (Lemon grass oil, beewax) on an uncolonized beehive

  5. Install your bees: Transfer the bees into the hive, following proper techniques to minimize stress on the colony. Buying a modern langstroth beehive already with bees is also an option that we provide. 
  6. Monitor and care for your colony: Regularly inspect the hive, provide food and water, monitor for disease, and remove any dead bees or comb. Incase of support needed at this point, Modern Bee Farmers can provide technicians to visit and handle all the work on your behalfHoney on honeycomb. Bee farmer
  7. Harvest and sell products: Once the colony is established, you can begin harvesting honey and other bee products, and selling them or using them for personal consumption. Local coffee shops and restaurants are have a huge demand for raw honey as well as large manufacturers such as Peptang, famers choice etc. 

Starting a bee colony requires patience, dedication, and a willingness to learn. With time, effort, and the right resources, you can become a successful beekeeper and reap the benefits of keeping bees.

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