Better Bees

Source: https://badbeekeepingblog.com/2017/07/29/better-bees/

Hungary, where I am today, has a long beekeeping history. Honey bees have been part of the ecology for thousands of years. Here, they are indigenous species whereas in the Americas (and Australia, New Zealand, and much of Asia), the European honey bee has immigrated to help with farm chores.  Before 1535, there were no honey bees in North America. On the other hand, Europeans have kept bees in the Old World for thousands of years. 

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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically involves buying bees and the equipment that is needed. Nonetheless, some people who are beginning this hobby generally make several mistakes. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.

Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:

1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a calamity. It often leads to a loss of your bees and money. Since most bees expire during winter months winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a brand new batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another lousy time since you will find fewer flowers, hence a smaller amount of honey picked, to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are lots of blooming flowers.

2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a familiar mistake made by many start beekeepers. It is understandable that one would desire to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping novels is not a good thought. First, used equipment 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 in one go. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling business. Second, old books can provide aged information on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are more rapid and better means manufacture honey and to maintain beehives.

3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.

These three blunders have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult with an expert beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular item seems overly expensive, constantly consider the end price (if they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the individual to determine the best strategy.

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