A Year In Beekeeping – The Results Are In
This article was first published in the newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association (December 2015).
As the 2015 beekeeping year came to end and I packed away my suit, my sanity and any excuse I had to desert my wife with the two toddlers, it was time to evaluate. Had I succeeded or failed; enjoyed or silently suffered; protected my bees or squashed a few too many? And how, my dear friends, does a beekeeper actually evaluate a year in… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually includes purchasing bees and the needed gear. Yet, some individuals who are beginning this avocation usually make several mistakes. It is ok to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping business or hobby can prove to be a disaster. It may lead to some lack of your bees and cash. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees perish during the winter. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Fall is another poor time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller quantity 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 flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books. This is a common mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used old and equipment beekeeping publications isn’t a great idea, although it is clear that one would need to save money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor factory 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 affect the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling company. Second, information that is out-of-date can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and quicker methods to maintain beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think relating to this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it will help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills.
These three mistakes are presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. It is best to consult a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing seems too expensive, consistently consider the ending cost ( in case that they do not buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it is up to the individual to determine the best course of action.