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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally includes the needed equipment and buying bees. However, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make a few errors. It’s ok to make mistakes, and this post 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 begin a beekeeping business or avocation can prove to be a disaster. It can lead to some loss of money and your bees. Since most bees expire during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a brand new batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another inferior time since there are fewer blooms, hence a smaller number of honey harvested to begin beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are loads of blooming flowers.

2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This can be a common error made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used old and equipment beekeeping novels is not a great thought, although it is understandable that one would want to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would definitely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling company. Second, out-of-date info can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are faster and better methods to keep beehives and manufacture honey.

3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. He/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.

These three blunders are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional beekeeper. If purchasing a particular item seems too expensive, always think about the ending cost (if they do not buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it is up to the person to determine the best plan of action.

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