It’s Emotional! First Opening Of The Hives In 2016
It’s been a full 6 months since I closed the hives up for winter. So when it comes to opening them up again I feel a wave of emotion. The nostalgia of previous summers keeping my bees, the delight of seeing my old friends and my big hopes for the 2016 season. And then the first time nerves of wondering if I will remember what to do, the fears of the improving beekeeper who knows his own lack of experience and knowledge, t… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping generally involves the equipment that is needed and purchasing bees. Nonetheless, some people who are beginning this hobby normally make several errors. It is ok to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping company can prove to be a catastrophe. It may lead to a lack of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees perish during the winter. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another inferior time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, thus a smaller number of honey picked. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming flowers.
2. Buying used gear and old books. This can be a familiar mistake made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would want to conserve money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping publications isn’t a good idea. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling business. Second, old novels can supply info that is aged on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are better and more rapid methods to maintain beehives and fabrication 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 does not wear protective gear when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It’s a good idea to consult with a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain item looks too expensive, consistently consider the ending price (if they don’t purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it truly is up to the person to decide the best course of action.