Requeening Aggressive Hives
My cousin Simon started the season with two colonies but when I went to see him last week, up in Yorkshire, I discovered he had seven colonies after several swarms landed in his garden.
The problem for Simon, and potentially his neighbours, were that four of the colonies were aggressive and impossible to inspect. Furthermore, he doesn’t want seven colonies!
As he knew I was coming up, he decided this was the perfect time to adopt me as hi… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically includes the gear that is needed and purchasing bees. Nevertheless, some individuals who are starting this hobby normally make several errors. It’s ok to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not knowing the best time to start a beekeeping business or hobby can end up being a disaster. It often leads to a loss of money and your bees. Since most bees expire during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another inferior time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller amount of honey picked. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This really is a common error made by many start beekeepers. Buying used old and equipment beekeeping books isn’t a good thought, although it is clear that one would want to conserve money as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would definitely change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling business. Second, dated info can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are better and more rapid ways manufacture honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. He/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body, if one does not wear protective equipment when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is pricey, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert spending medical bills.
These three errors have been presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It’s a good idea to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular thing looks too pricey, consistently think about the end cost (if they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it is up to the individual to determine the best course of action.