Emergency Feeding Bees – Part 1
Blog readers have just started posting again on my Beekeeper Anonymous page (that I created when an early colony of mine starved), so I should have taken it as a warning to go and check my bees.
I just popped down to the allotment today (24th March) to do a quick 30 minute weed. I could immediately see that the near and far hives were very, very busy but that the middle hive was not very active at all.
This hive had the least stores when … Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves purchasing bees and the gear that is needed. Nevertheless, some individuals who are starting this hobby usually make several errors. It’s alright to make mistakes, which 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 knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping business or hobby can prove to be a disaster. It may lead to a loss of your bees and cash. Since most bees expire during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would induce a beekeeper to purchase a brand new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another lousy time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, consequently 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 blooming flowers.
2. Buying used equipment and old books. This is a typical error made by many beginning beekeepers. Purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping novels is not a good idea, although it is understandable that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling company. Second, information that is aged can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are more rapid and better means to maintain beehives and production honey.
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 gear when handling the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors have been presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. It is best to consult with a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain thing seems overly high-priced, always consider the end cost ( in case that they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to decide the best strategy.