A Christmas Present From The Bees
It’s the middle of winter – but that hasn’t stopped the bees from my aggressive hive taking an opportunity to give me a sting – their Christmas present to me!
We moved two hives to an out-apiary on Christmas day. I couldn’t find the instructions for the hive strap, and after several attempts whereby the strap ended up in knots, we decided to free style it. The first hive was moved without incident but the second one, the … Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally includes buying bees and the gear that is needed. Yet, some people who are starting this hobby usually make a few errors. It’s okay to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers avoid making exactly the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin hobby or a beekeeping business can prove to be a catastrophe. It may lead to some loss of your bees and cash. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees perish during winter months. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another poor time since you will find fewer flowers, consequently a smaller number of honey harvested, 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. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a standard mistake made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would need to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping publications isn’t a great idea. First, used equipment can come with “familial” problems. The extractor factory outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially 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 Second, out-of-date information can be provided by old novels on beekeeping.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 conventional method when there are better and faster ways manufacture honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. He/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it will help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It truly is best to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular thing looks overly expensive, consistently think about the end price ( in case that they don’t purchase 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.