By Adam Russell, Texas A&M
ALOGA, OKLAHOMA – Donning his beekeeper suit, Charles Touchstone, of Arapaho, Oklahoma, stepped a few feet inside a buzzing 90-acre field of Silver River Sweet clover planted for seed production near Taloga, Oklahoma. Some of the lacy white flowered shoots busy with bees stretched above his 6-foot fra… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically involves buying bees and the gear that is needed. Nonetheless, some individuals who are starting this hobby generally make a few blunders. It’s okay to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping company or avocation can end up being a disaster. It often leads to some loss of money and your bees. Since most bees die during the winter winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another poor time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, hence a smaller quantity of honey picked. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are lots of blooming blooms.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a familiar error made by many start beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would desire to conserve money as much as possible, but buying used equipment and old beekeeping books is not a good thought. First, used equipment can come with “familial” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling company. Second, info that is out-of-date can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are quicker and better means to keep beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think relating to this. He/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one doesn’t wear protective equipment when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers prevent spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three blunders are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It’s a good idea to consult with a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular thing looks too expensive, constantly think about the ending cost (if they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it truly is up to the person to decide the best course of action.