By: Fred Miller, U of A System Division of Agriculture
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally includes purchasing bees and the equipment that is needed. However, some individuals who are beginning this avocation usually make a few blunders. It is ok to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can end up being a calamity. It often leads to a lack of money and your bees. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees perish during winter months. This would induce a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another lousy time since there are fewer flowers, consequently a smaller quantity of honey picked to begin beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books. This is a common error made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping novels isn’t a great idea, although it’s clear that one would want to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “familial” problems. The extractor factory outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would certainly impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling business. Second, info that is outdated can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are better and more rapid means to maintain beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think relating to this. If one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three blunders are presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult with a professional beekeeper. If buying a particular item looks too pricey, consistently think about the ending price ( in case that they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.