By: Walt Dahlgren
After completing my WALT TOP BAR HONEY EXTRACTOR published in the October 2013 issue of Bee Culture, I wondered if my favorite five-gallon pail was large enough to use for a two frame centrifugal extractor.
I placed two 6¼ frames in the pail and decided I could space them 3” apart and still rotate them in the pail. Of course the pail is only 15” high and the frames are 19” long so the pail is too short. I could use extra pails as extensions to mak… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping generally involves buying bees and the equipment that is needed. Yet, some people who are beginning this avocation generally make several errors. It’s alright to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping business can end up being a disaster. It often leads to a loss of your bees and cash. Since most bees expire during winter months winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another poor time since you will find fewer blooms, so a smaller amount of honey harvested to begin beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming blooms.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a common error made by many beginning beekeepers. It is clear that one would want to conserve money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a good idea. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. 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 definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling business. Second, dated information can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are better and quicker methods to maintain beehives and production 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 doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.
These three errors have been presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It truly is best to consult with a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing seems overly pricey, consistently consider the end cost (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to determine the best strategy.