Think again. The elegant and complex nests shown below were built this summer in two of my three swarm traps. I’ve been using the same three flowerpot-shaped traps for perhaps ten years, hanging them each year from the same three trees. In early spring, we go trudging up the hill with a ladder and the […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically involves the needed equipment and purchasing bees. However, some individuals who are starting this hobby normally make a few mistakes. It’s ok to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a disaster. It often leads to some lack of your bees and cash. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees expire during the winter. This would force a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another inferior time since you will find fewer blooms, hence a smaller number of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are loads of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books. This is a typical mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. Purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping books is not a good idea, although it is understandable that one would need to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not 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 scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling business. Second, dated information can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and quicker methods to maintain beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body, if one does not wear protective equipment when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three mistakes are presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s a good idea to consult with an expert beekeeper. If purchasing a particular item seems overly high-priced, always think about the end cost (if they do not buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it truly is up to the person to determine the best course of action.