By: Jennifer Berry
A new method may be better. Time will tell.
Several months ago, Randy Oliver started writing about a new application method for oxalic acid (OA) on his Scientific beekeeping website. This particular method mixes OA with food-grade, vegetable glycerin. It is then appli… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves the equipment that is needed and buying bees. Yet, some individuals who are beginning this avocation normally make a few errors. It is alright to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to start a beekeeping business or hobby can prove to be a catastrophe. It may lead to a loss of cash and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees die during the wintertime. This would induce a beekeeper to purchase a new mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another inferior time since there are fewer flowers, so a smaller number of honey picked, to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming flowers.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This really is a typical error made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s clear that one would desire to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping books is not a good thought. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling business. Second, information that is dated can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and quicker means to keep beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from buying 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 gear when handling the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.
These three blunders are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It is best to consult with an expert beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain thing seems overly high-priced, always think about the end price (if they don’t purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the person to decide the best plan of action.