Pollen, nosema and the case of three missing queens

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This Saturday Tom ran a nosema IDing demo at the apiary. He had a microscope attached to his laptop so that he could show us what he was seeing on the screen and even take photos. After finding zero nosema in two samples, including one from a small colony that was being slow to build up, he finally hit the jackpot in a third sample and was able to show us the small rice-like cells of nosema.

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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. Yet, some people who are starting this avocation normally make several mistakes. It is ok to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have previously.

Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should prevent:

1. Not understanding the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can end up being a disaster. It often leads to a lack of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees perish during the winter. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a fresh mountain of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another lousy time since you will find fewer blooms, hence a smaller number of honey picked, to begin beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming blooms.

2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a standard error made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would desire to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping publications isn’t a good thought. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, information that is dated can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are better and more rapid ways to keep beehives and manufacture honey.

3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. If one does not wear protective equipment when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.

These three errors are presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult an expert beekeeper. If purchasing a particular thing looks too high-priced, always consider the end price ( in case that they do not purchase this item 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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