September & October In The Apiary
The Bees & I Are Ready For Winter
In the last two months:
Hives looking very healthy with lots of positive activity
Varroa counts low
No feeding required (this is my first time)
Hefted hives on 28/10 and they were all more than 12.5Kg each side
Equipment cleaned with hot air gun
Sold two nucs that were surplus to requirements (still have honey ripener, 1/2lb jars and honey buckets for sale)
November 2016 – March 2017
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves buying bees and the needed equipment. Yet, some people who are starting this hobby usually make a few mistakes. It’s alright to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to start a beekeeping company or hobby can end up being a catastrophe. It often leads to a lack of your bees and cash. Since most bees perish during the wintertime, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Fall is another poor time to begin beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, so 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 blooming flowers.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books. This can be a standard mistake made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping books is not a good idea, although it is clear that one would need to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to begin a honey-selling business. Second, old novels can supply information that is out-of-date on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are faster and better ways to keep beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. He/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three errors are presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It’s best to consult a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular thing appears overly expensive, consistently consider the ending price (if they do not purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it is up to the individual to decide the best course of action.