Organically Managed Beekeeping Conference 2016, Susan Chernak McElroy: Part 2 of 2


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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping generally involves purchasing bees and the needed equipment. Yet, some individuals who are beginning this hobby generally make a few mistakes. It is alright to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the exact same mistakes others have previously.

Here are three errors which every beekeeper should prevent:

1. Not knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping company or hobby can prove to be a disaster. It often leads to some loss of cash and your bees. Since most bees expire during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another inferior time since there are fewer flowers, so a smaller number of honey picked, to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.

2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This can be a typical error made by many beginning beekeepers. It is clear that one would desire to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping novels is not a great idea. First, used gear can come with “familial” problems. The extractor factory outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling business. Second, old books can supply out-of-date information on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and more rapid ways production honey and to keep beehives.

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 doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills.

These three errors happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. Before getting started beekeeping, it truly is best to consult with a professional beekeeper. If purchasing a particular item appears overly expensive, consistently think about the ending cost ( in case that they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it is up to the person to determine the best course of action.

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