On Sunday, my apiary expanded from one to three colonies. Here they are:
Sunday morning I received a call from Pete. He had about 10 queen swarm cells in his hive. He wanted to keep the Queen, but lose the swarm cells. I took an empty brood box down and we put the … Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping normally involves the needed equipment and buying bees. However, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make several blunders. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can prove to be a calamity. It often leads to a loss of your bees and cash. Since most bees die during the winter winter is the worst possible time to start. This would induce a beekeeper to purchase a fresh mountain of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another poor time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, hence a smaller number of honey picked. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books. That is a typical error made by many start beekeepers. It is clear that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping novels isn’t a good idea. First, used gear can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would certainly change the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can provide dated info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are faster and better ways production honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. He/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three blunders are presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It’s best to consult an expert beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular item seems too high-priced, constantly think about the ending cost ( in case that they do not purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to determine the best course of action.