Jane Stout is a professor in botany at the School of Natural Sciences in Trinity College Dublin
Workers bees and a queen bee (with a yellow spot on her back), from a hive at the Louth Bee Keepers’ demonstration in Castleknock.
Photograph: Cyril Byrne
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically involves the equipment that is needed and buying bees. However, some people who are starting this avocation normally make a few mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not knowing the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can end up being a calamity. It may lead to a loss of money and your bees. Since most bees die during winter months winter is the worst possible time to start. This would induce a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Autumn is another inferior time since you will find fewer flowers, thus a smaller amount of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming flowers.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books. This can be a common mistake made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would want to conserve money as much as possible, but buying used old and equipment beekeeping novels is not a good thought. First, used gear can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor factory outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling company. Second, out-of-date information can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are better and faster methods manufacture honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think relating to this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body, if one doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers prevent spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes have been presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s a good idea to consult a specialist beekeeper. If purchasing a certain thing seems overly pricey, always consider the end price (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it truly is up to the individual to determine the best strategy.