March In The Apiary
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The beekeeping season is kicking off here in the UK. Temperatures are occasionally hitting 17C (63F) and honeybees are flying. I am very excited about 2017 though I remain apprehensive about whether I can remember how to do the beekeeping and intimidated at the idea of opening hives full of 60,000 bees! I am again optimistic about honey production and have bought 90 super frames with thin foundation … that’s about 360 containers of… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally involves the gear that is needed and buying bees. Yet, some individuals who are starting this hobby usually make a few blunders. It is ok to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers avoid making exactly the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not understanding the best time to start a beekeeping business or hobby can end up being a disaster. It may lead to some lack of money and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees perish during the winter. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a brand new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Autumn is another inferior time to begin beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, consequently a smaller amount of honey harvested. 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. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a familiar mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It is understandable that one would need to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and gear beekeeping books isn’t a great idea. First, used gear can come with “familial” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, info that is aged can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are quicker and better methods to keep 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 doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It is best to consult a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain thing looks too expensive, constantly consider the ending cost (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.