August In The Apiary
I’m Improving … Slowly
I feel like I’m getting better at this beekeeping malarkey. I’m better able to observe a colony and determine if it is OK or not OK, i.e. probably queen-less. I’m also getting more confident in not inspecting the hive if it’s looking OK. I’m also learning each year about varroa treatments and feeding. I’m getting THERE.
Two August Swarms
I have caught four of my own swarms this year with… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves the needed equipment and buying bees. Nonetheless, some individuals who are starting this hobby generally make a few mistakes. It is ok to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping company can end up being a disaster. It often leads to some lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees expire during the winter winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another poor time to begin beekeeping, since you will find fewer blooms, thus a smaller number of honey harvested. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are loads of blooming blooms.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. That is a standard error made by many beginning beekeepers. It is understandable that one would want to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a great thought. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a leak, 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 scenario particularly if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, info that is aged can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are better and quicker methods fabrication honey and to maintain beehives.
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 collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills.
These three errors are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It is best to consult an expert beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular item looks too high-priced, constantly think about the ending cost ( in case that they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it is up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.