Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com There has been a huge amount of interest in the extended-release application of oxalic acid for controlling varroa. I and my collaborators have been working hard to collect the data necessary get this treatment approved for use by U.S. beekeepers. We’ve still got lots to learn, but here’s an update. Disclaimer and […]… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically involves buying bees and the needed gear. Nonetheless, some people who are starting this hobby usually make a few blunders. It’s alright to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping company can prove to be a calamity. It can lead to a lack of money and your bees. Since most bees expire during the winter winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a new mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another inferior time since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller quantity 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 loads of blooms that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books. That is a typical mistake made by many start beekeepers. Buying used equipment and old beekeeping novels is not a great idea, although it’s understandable that one would need to cut costs as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can provide information that is aged on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are faster and better ways to keep beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one does not wear protective gear when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors are presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain thing seems too expensive, constantly think about the end cost (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the person to determine the best course of action.