By: Ann Harman
No matter where you live in the U.S. you had a big regional bee conference in your area this Summer. You either went somewhere else for a vacation or stayed home. Those of you in the East could have attended the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS), the oldest one, started in 1955… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally involves purchasing bees and the needed gear. Nonetheless, some individuals who are beginning this avocation usually make a few mistakes. It’s alright to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a disaster. It can lead to some lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees perish during the winter winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a brand new batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another poor time to start beekeeping, since you will find fewer flowers, thus a smaller amount of honey picked. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are lots of blooming flowers.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. That is a typical mistake made by many start beekeepers. It is understandable that one would want to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used old and gear beekeeping publications isn’t a good thought. First, used equipment can come with “familial” issues. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly change the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling business. Second, old books can provide dated info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are more rapid and better methods to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. He/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills.
These three errors are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It truly is best to consult a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain item appears too expensive, always consider the ending price (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it’s up to the person to decide the best course of action.