Organically Managed Beekeeping Conference 2016: Sandy Rowley, Part 2 of 2


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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping normally includes buying bees and the equipment that is needed. Yet, some individuals who are beginning this hobby usually make a few mistakes. It’s alright to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have before.

Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:

1. Not understanding the best time to begin hobby or a beekeeping business can end up being a catastrophe. It may lead to some lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees expire during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to buy a brand new mountain of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another lousy time to start beekeeping, since you will find fewer blooms, consequently a smaller number of honey harvested. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are lots of blooming blooms.

2. Buying used equipment and old books. This really is a standard mistake made by many start beekeepers. Buying used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a great thought, although it’s understandable that one would need to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a flow, 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 isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, out-of-date info can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are quicker and better ways to maintain beehives and manufacture honey.

3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills.

These three blunders are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult a specialist beekeeper. If purchasing a particular item looks overly expensive, always think about the ending price (if they do not buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it truly is up to the person to decide the best strategy.

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