FAQs 

1. How many hives should I start with?

The average beekeeper hobbyist should start with at least two hives. You'll be able to compare the performance of the colonies so you know which ones are doing better and how you can improve the other one as well.

On the other hand, if you have commercial ambitions, consider starting with no more than 20 hives. This will help you learn how to take care of your bees and hives practically. Also, if you are considering to populate your hives with natural swarms, all the hives will rarely colonize at once, so it's a good idea to start big.

2. How long shall I wait to harvest?

The initial harvest can take more than six months. Still, there are some exceptional cases where colonies take as little as three months from the date of colonization to produce a honey crop.

3. How do I put/attract bees in my hives?

Use a swarm attractant that is readily available at the www.louradobees.com or Maganjo store. Follow the directions of an experienced beekeeper to use it correctly.

4. How many kilograms shall I expect to harvest from a Langstroth or KTB hive?

Honey quantities vary depending on how rich your location is in bee-friendly flowers.

But on average, a Langstroth, particularly the one made by Louradobees.com, yields 15 to 25 kgs of honey, whereas a KTB yields 6 to 12 kgs of honey per harvest.

5. How many times can I harvest honey in a year?

A year has two harvesting seasons.

However, using a Langstroth hive may give you an edge to harvest 2 to 4 times in a year due to its design, which allows the extraction of honey without damaging the combs.

The KTB hive can be harvested once or twice in a year; in some exceptional cases beekeepers harvest thrice, but that only happens once every 2 or 3 years.

6. Why are my hives taking long to colonize?

It could be poor site location (very damp/cold, too shady), or there might be pests in the hives before bees colonize. Check the bee calendar for your area to find when the swarming season begins.

7. How long can these hives last?

We manufacture them with locally grown pine timber and finish off each hive with a varnish coating to reduce the effects of severe weather. Depending on how they are handled, they can last for 8 to 12 years.

8. What do I do if my hive/equipment was delivered with a defect?

Get in touch with us at Lourado Bees, and we'll do our best to replace it as soon as possible.

9. When I buy hives, would Lourado Bees help with the installations?

If you buy a minimum of 20 KTB hives or 10 Langstroths, our representative can help you install these on your site.

10. How do I decide when to site my hives and work on them?

Many jurisdictions allow beehives but place restrictions on the number of hives or size of the property – so make sure you check your local council guidelines.

Being a good beekeeping neighbor will go a long way towards the acceptance of your beehive. In addition to proper placement, don't work your bees on the same afternoon your neighbor is having an outside birthday party!

Is there a neighborhood pool? Provide a water source for your bees before they arrive and decide to visit the pool. Common sense goes a long way.

11. What can I expect to find in a The Lourado Bees starter kit?

1 Langstroth and its catcher box, 1 KTB hive with its catcher box, all fully installed with wax sheets, bee suit with gloves, smoker, hive tool, bee brush, four seed categories, and a swarm attractant.

12. Can I train alone or with my group at your farm or my farm?

Yes, you can enroll in training sessions at our Nakakono apiaries or satellite units – these cost 120,000 UGX for an individual, 90,000 UGX / per person in a group.

If you want our apiarists to teach you at your farm, consider the transport and accommodation costs as well.

13. Is beekeeping profitable?

It can be, but it is also a wonderful hobby. However, if you are looking for an easy way to make money, I would look elsewhere.

Honey bee colonies are prone to failure from many stresses. If you are seeking to start a beekeeping business in Uganda, I suggest you begin slow and grow the number of hives as you learn.

14. Does Lourado Bees have a market for my products?

Yes, please, once you follow our apiary management guidelines as prescribed by the beekeeper, usually through training, then we guarantee that your products can meet our desired quality.

15. When are your training sessions?

We offer training sessions every month, and these are offered according to the farmer’s proficiency at beekeeping. Visit our events section for details about venues, levels, and content.

16. How can I get your products to my location?

You can get our hives and other bee products from our store in Maganjo Kawempe, or you can order them via our online store. Your order can be delivered to your address or the nearest Bus Terminal as per your preference.

17. It's been a year since my colonies have produced honey. What could be the problem?

This issue could be attributed to poor apiary management, resulting in poor colony health. Get in touch with an expert apiarist for guidance.

18. Why don't bees in my hives construct combs in the super chamber?

Pests like the Varroa mites and Tracheal mites might keep the bees from utilizing the super/honey chamber, or perhaps the queen excluder was put in a little bit early.

Lourado Bees has solutions for these problems more, so we suggest you get in touch with us for details.

19. Do my colonies have pests?

If you have been lagging in maintenance, the chances are that your colonies have pests. Contact the beekeeper to know how to test for pests in your hives.

20. When do I have to feed my bees?

Lourado Bees has a few formulas to help you feed your bees.

It's best to contact the beekeeper (beekeepers@louradobees.com ) for details on how to feed splits and transferred colonies.

21. Why does honey have crystals at the bottom of the jar, is it sugar?

Honey crystallizes with decreasing temperatures, and it is a natural process due to property differences in the sugars that make up pure honey.

22. What is the difference between Lourado Bees Generic and Premium honey?

Generic honey is sourced from other bee farmers, especially from those who bought equipment from us and have been under the guidance of our apiarists. Premium Honey is produced by the Lourado Bees apiarists at our apiaries, strategically located in pollution-free environments and processed according to standard operating procedures.

Also, Lourado Bees sends samples of the honey from its apiaries to The Honey Laboratory of the European Union Community (Intertek in Germany) to be analyzed on a persistent basis.

23. How much pollen can I collect with the Lourado Bees' pollen trap?

During the peak season of the pollen flow, 50 to 100 grams of pollen can be harvested in a day in only 2 to 3 hours per hive. Only healthy colonies should be considered for this practice. Contact our beekeepers for details at beekeepers@louradobees.com

24. What are the properties of honey

Raw honey contains multiple antimicrobials, multiple anti -oxidants (the darker the more anti-oxidants). Therefore Honey can boost your immune system overtime and help you to fight minor infections. Honey can also be used as a facial mask to improve your skin.

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