The Seven Species Of Beekeepers
This article was first published in the newsletter of The British Beekeepers’ Association (No. 222 – June 2015).
It’s taken me three years to confidently recite the seven species of honeybee*, but just as distinctive and varied are the different species of beekeeper. We come in all shapes and sizes, temperaments and abilities, and I’ve found it pays to know who you’re dealing with in order not to get stung.
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves the needed equipment and purchasing bees. Yet, some people who are beginning this avocation generally make a few mistakes. It is ok to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers prevent making precisely the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start a beekeeping company or hobby can end up being a disaster. It often leads to a lack of money and your bees. Since most bees perish during winter months winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a brand new mountain of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another poor time since there are fewer flowers, hence a smaller number of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used gear and old books. This is a familiar error made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s clear that one would need to cut costs as much as possible, but buying used gear and old beekeeping publications is not a great idea. First, used gear can come with “familial” difficulties. 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 surely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is intending to begin a honey-selling company. Second, dated info can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are better and quicker means manufacture honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert spending medical bills.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain thing appears too high-priced, consistently think about the ending price ( in case that they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it truly is up to the person to decide the best course of action.