Honeybees – 3rd April 2016
The bees are flying in all 3 hives! I might be heading for a 100% over-wintering success rate (this would be a first for me). I give the Bee Cosy quite a lot of credit for this, as this was the main thing I did differently this winter.
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping normally includes buying bees and the needed equipment. Yet, some people who are starting this avocation usually make several errors. It is okay to make mistakes, which article can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin hobby or a beekeeping company can prove to be a disaster. It often leads to a lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees die during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another poor time since you will find fewer blooms, consequently a smaller quantity of honey picked, to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are loads of blooming flowers.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a common mistake made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would need to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping books isn’t a great idea. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, 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 will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling company. Second, out-of-date information can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are faster and better ways to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing 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 doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three errors 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 buying a certain thing looks overly pricey, constantly consider the end price (if they don’t purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it’s up to the individual to decide the best course of action.