WARNING (and this is particularly aimed at my friend Mark) – If you are not a beekeeper do not read this post.
During my inspection and hive manipulations on the 17th May (Post: Bee Inspection), there was a really high pitched squeal (a bit like a high pitched hiss of steam escaping under pressure), followed by another one when I put the frame with the Queen swarm cell in the poly nuc (small hive). I’m not sure if this was because they realised they now had the chance o… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves buying bees and the needed equipment. Nevertheless, some individuals who are beginning this hobby usually make several errors. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to start a beekeeping company or avocation can end up being a disaster. It may lead to a loss of your bees and money. Since most bees expire during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another lousy time since there are fewer blooms, thus a smaller number of honey harvested, to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are lots of blooming flowers.
2. Buying used gear and old books. This is a common error made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would want to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping books is not a good idea. First, used equipment can come with “familial” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely impact 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, info that is dated can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are faster and better methods manufacture honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one does not wear protective gear when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert spending medical bills.
These three blunders are presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It truly is best to consult with a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing looks overly expensive, consistently think about the ending price ( in case that they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it is up to the person to determine the best strategy.