Yesterday, I saw this bumble bee foraging on a self-heal flower, Prunella vulgaris. The thing that stands out is the bicolored pollen pellets, orange fading into white. Although you can see bicolored pollen pellets frequently on bumble bees, you almost never see them on honey bees. Honey bees have very strong floral fidelity, which means […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually involves the needed gear and buying bees. However, some people who are starting this hobby normally make a few blunders. It is okay to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making exactly the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not understanding the best time to start a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a catastrophe. It can lead to a lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees expire during the winter winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a new mountain of bees, which would cost more money. Autumn is another inferior time to begin beekeeping, since you will find fewer flowers, consequently a smaller quantity of honey picked. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming flowers.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books. This is a common mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used gear and old beekeeping books is not a great thought, although it is understandable that one would need 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. This would surely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling business. Second, info that is outdated can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are quicker and better methods production honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. If one does not wear protective equipment when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three blunders have been presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It is best to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular item appears too high-priced, consistently consider the end price ( in case that they do not buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it’s up to the individual to determine the best strategy.