From 2,000 to 0 Varroa In 8 Months
I thought it worth posting the timeline that reduced the varroa to zero and put out a positive message that beekeepers can significantly reduce high varroa levels.
Hive Two went from counts of 2,000 varroa in December 2013 to zero varroa by the end of July 2014
My interventions: Open Mesh Floor (all year), Apiguard (Aug/Sep), Oxalic acid (Dec), drone culling (May)
Bee interventions: Swarming (May) and a Supercedure (July)
Lessons Learnt: … Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally involves the needed equipment and purchasing bees. Yet, some individuals who are starting this hobby generally make several errors. It’s okay to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers avoid making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping business can end up being a catastrophe. It may lead to some loss of money and your bees. Since most bees expire during the winter, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Autumn is another poor time since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller number of honey harvested, to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are plenty of flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a common error made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping publications isn’t a good thought, although it’s clear that one would desire to conserve money as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “familial” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling business. Second, out-of-date info can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are faster and better ways fabrication honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think relating to this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert spending medical bills.
These three errors have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing seems too high-priced, consistently think about the ending price (if they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it is up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.