Ah, the bearded hive. With our current heatwave, beards are in fashion among beehives here in Calgary. Last week, I was called to the home of some new beekeepers. The front of their two-story hive was completely masked by a wildly unkempt beard of bees, listless work… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping generally involves the needed gear and purchasing bees. However, some individuals who are starting this hobby generally make several mistakes. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a catastrophe. It may lead to a lack of your bees and cash. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees expire during winter months. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a fresh mountain of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another poor time since there are fewer blooms, consequently a smaller amount of honey picked to begin beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will 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 common error made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used old and gear beekeeping books is not a good thought, although it’s understandable that one would desire to save money as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling business. Second, outdated info can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are faster and better ways fabrication honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think relating to this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It truly is best to consult with a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain item appears overly expensive, always consider the end price (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it truly is up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.