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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping typically involves buying bees and the needed gear. Nevertheless, some people who are starting this hobby usually make a few blunders. It’s okay to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not knowing the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can prove to be a calamity. It may lead to some lack of cash and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees expire during winter months. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a brand new mountain of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another inferior time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, thus a smaller amount of honey harvested. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books. This is a common mistake made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping publications is not a great idea, although it’s clear that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “familial” problems. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling business. Second, outdated information can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are quicker and better means production honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one does not wear protective equipment when handling the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors are presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult with a professional beekeeper. If buying a certain item appears overly pricey, always think about the end cost ( in case that they do not purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the person to decide the best strategy.