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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally involves the gear that is needed and purchasing bees. Yet, some people who are starting this avocation usually make a few errors. It is alright to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start a beekeeping business or avocation can end up being a disaster. It can lead to some lack of money and your bees. Since most bees expire during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Fall is another inferior time since you will find fewer blooms, so a smaller number of honey harvested to begin beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are loads of blooming blooms.
2. Buying used equipment and old books. This can be a standard mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would desire to conserve money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels isn’t a great thought. First, used equipment can come with “familial” 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 definitely change the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is intending to begin a honey-selling company. Second, old books can provide aged info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are faster and better methods to maintain beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body, if one doesn’t wear protective equipment when managing the hives and amassing the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. Before getting started beekeeping, it truly is best to consult with an expert beekeeper. If purchasing a particular thing appears too high-priced, constantly think about the ending cost (if they do not purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it is up to the individual to determine the best strategy.