The Five Hour Beekeeper
Traditional Approach To Beekeeping
To date I have basically been following what I shall call the “traditional approach to beekeeping”. This is detailed in My Beekeeping Calendar and involves a lot of activity and time. It can be summarised as:
Inspections every 9 days from May-August to reduce swarms
Integrated approach to varroa management, including swarm culling and use of chemicals
Production of liquid honey requiring a day of extraction
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping normally includes the equipment that is needed and purchasing bees. Yet, some people who are starting this avocation generally make a few blunders. It’s acceptable to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can end up being a calamity. It may lead to a loss of money and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees expire during winter months. This would force a beekeeper to buy a new mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another lousy time to start beekeeping, since you will find fewer flowers, thus a smaller quantity of honey harvested. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are plenty of flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This really is a typical error made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used equipment and old beekeeping publications isn’t a good thought, although it’s understandable that one would desire to save money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would certainly affect the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling business. Second, info that is dated can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are quicker and better means to maintain beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think relating to this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three mistakes have been presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It’s best to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing looks overly expensive, constantly consider the ending cost (if they don’t purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it’s up to the individual to determine the best course of action.