Beekeeping is a personal journey. For me it has been about finding purpose and nature and hence, regaining my sanity but a sub-theme has emerged. Beekeeping has made me ever more aware of my shortcomings: poor DIY skills, fear of bees and general worrying that the bees are OK (food, varroa, disease, mated queen, swarming, etc.). I’m not the self-sufficient adult I had hoped to be. I have called this theme manliness. I know, I know. DIY and being brave is definitely not m… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping normally involves the needed equipment and purchasing bees. Yet, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make a few mistakes. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping business can prove to be a catastrophe. It may lead to some loss of cash and your bees. Since most bees die during the winter, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another inferior time since there are fewer blooms, consequently a smaller quantity of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. That is a standard error made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used old and gear beekeeping books isn’t a good thought, although it is understandable that one would desire to save money as much as possible. First, used gear 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 in one go. This would definitely affect the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling business. Second, old novels can provide dated info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are better and quicker means to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think relating to this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one does not wear protective equipment when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes have been presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it truly is best to consult a professional beekeeper. If buying a particular item appears too pricey, always think about the end price (if they do not buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it is up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.