5 In the Family of Beekeepers

In the Family of Beekeepers

Posted on August 5, 2012 by kulichik


In Soviet times people ate much of honey and loved it much. After the fall of the USSR only the rich could afford the product. And now it can be said that bee-keeping in Kazakhstan is experienced a new birth.

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Bee-keeping in Kazakhstan was developed in 1986 when bees were taken here from Kiev. Our hero Alexander has been engaged in the industry since 1985. His son and grandson help him a lot and are willing to continue the family tradition. The National Unity of Beekeepers organizes regular seminars, exhibitions and training trips abroad. Thus, Alexander and his colleges have visited Israel recently.

In Israel they found out that their amount of bee families is too small. And if before the trip Alexander wanted to cut the number of bees, he changed his mind after he came come and did quite the opposite.

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He got acquainted with the expensive equipment in Israel and constructed a honey extractor of his own that functions not worse.

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It was found out that Alexander had enemies as somebody poisoned his bees. That was a real stress for him and he even wanted to sell a house and quit the place but changed his mind later and just arranged for video surveillance.

His bees are grown high in the mountains. The air is very fresh here and is filled with aromas of medicinal plants. That is why the honey made here is especially good for health.

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But mountainous bees are angrier than those living low-country.

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There is one guard for every bee yard. Guards spend the whole summer at bee yards. Their family members got used to that and often come to visit them. It is not difficult to do the job. You just need to follow simple rules, not to smoke and not to drink alcohol while at work.

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Alexander's grandson Ivan is 9 years old. He says he loves helping his father and grandfather. Whenever they are asked to write assays at school he writes a lot about honey, bees and his family members.

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Bee families must be checked from time to time. They may need a new frame, etc. Bee's cells are intended for storing honey and growing offspring. When there is enough honey, bees close the cell with wax.

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If bees start building cells on their own, honey collection will be reduced twice. That is why beekeepers use frames with artificial cells made of natural wax.

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A bee family totally depends on its queen. A healthy queen gives a good offspring. A queen is several times larger than a usual bee. It is always surrounded by other bees. A usual larval bee that gets royal jelly rich in fats and proteins and with less sugar will be turned into a queen. A usual bee may have offspring too but it will be sterile.

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After birth a young queen mates with male bees. Male bees have no stringer, their only function is mating. They are usually knocked out of a beehive in winter and die.

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Honey is collected in the end of June. One family can give 8-25 kg of honey depending on how good they are taken care of.

Bees collect pollen. It is processed and used for feeding offspring. Its composition is unique as it consists of vitamins, enzymes, glucose, fructose, etc.

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In winter a part of bees die. Dead bees are used to make a useful spirit extract for treatment of joints.

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They don't use sugar in production of natural honey. The longer honey is stored the more valuable it is. And don't put honey into hot tea as it will lose its beneficial qualities in this case.

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Location: Kazakhstan

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5 Responses to “In the Family of Beekeepers”

  1. Number says:

    Real honey,the only sugar/sweetness that has an medical and a protective working for the human cells.

  2. Maddcowe says:

    Good for them for keeping this tradition and industry going!

    “You just need to follow simple rules, not to smoke and not to drink alcohol while at work.”
    Meanwhile the guy in the next photo enjoys a cigarette.

  3. guest says:

    Is Russia also plagued by the bee colony collapse disorder, or has it been spared that?

  4. Edward Kalamon says:

    A nice, solid, honest, liveing!

  5. Andrea says:

    Neat pictures! A couple of notes to correct your captions… The bee on the man’s hand is a drone (male), not a queen. The queen is pictured on a frame of wax, off to the right with two worker bees (females). She is the big long bee who looks different.

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