Ask Three ‘Experts’ (and get six answers)


Dan Myers, Tennessee beekeeper, 1939.     (credit: TN Archives)

A few days ago, three long-time beekeepers were asked to sit on a panel and take bee-management questions from a large audience of (mostly) younger, newer beekeepers. The three beekeepers were … Read More

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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally involves purchasing bees and the equipment that is needed. Yet, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make several blunders. It is okay to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have before.

Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should prevent:

1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping business or avocation can prove to be a calamity. It may lead to some lack of your bees and money. Since most bees perish during winter months winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a fresh mountain of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another inferior time since there are fewer flowers, hence a smaller number of honey picked, to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are lots of blooming flowers.

2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This can be a familiar mistake made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used gear and old beekeeping books is not a great thought, although it’s clear that one would need to save money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, old books can provide information that is dated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and more rapid ways to keep beehives and manufacture honey.

3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think relating to this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.

These three errors have been presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s a good idea to consult with a specialist beekeeper. If purchasing a certain item appears too expensive, always consider the ending price (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it is up to the person to determine the best course of action.

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