We all have tasks we put off doing. One of mine has been having a go at melting beeswax to make candles. I had a feeling it might be a long and messy job. And I wasn’t 100% sure how to do it either.
Well, I had some time off recently and Tommy was in nursery. So I finally had no excuse to put it off any longer. With the help of the brilliant book ‘‘The Bee Book‘ (co-written by several talented beekeepers including Emma Sarah Tennant) I improvised… not quit… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually includes the needed equipment and purchasing bees. Nonetheless, some people who are starting this hobby normally make several mistakes. It is okay to make mistakes, which article can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to start a beekeeping company or hobby can end up being a disaster. It can lead to a lack of your bees and money. Since most bees perish during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a brand new mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another inferior time to begin beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, consequently a smaller number of honey harvested. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are loads of blooms that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books. This can be a familiar error made by many start beekeepers. It is clear that one would want to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping books isn’t a good idea. First, used gear can come with “familial” difficulties. 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 change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, dated information can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are better and quicker ways to keep beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. If one does not wear protective equipment when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It’s best to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain item looks overly high-priced, constantly consider the end price (if they don’t purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it’s up to the individual to determine the best plan of action.