Oftentimes, what we describe as absconding is actually collapse from varroa mites. Some of the confusion is due to the speed at which the collapse occurs and the size of the affected colony, which may be huge. In addition, the act of absconding is rarely seen and the colony is seldom found. But this week I […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually involves purchasing bees and the needed equipment. Nevertheless, some people who are starting this avocation normally make several errors. It’s ok to make mistakes, and this post can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin a beekeeping business or avocation can prove to be a disaster. It can lead to some loss of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees perish during the winter. This would induce a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another inferior time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, hence a smaller number of honey picked. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are loads of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a standard mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would need to conserve money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and gear beekeeping publications is not a good thought. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. 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 surely affect the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling company. Second, info that is dated can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are more rapid and better methods production honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes have been presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It’s a good idea to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular item seems overly expensive, constantly consider the end cost (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it is up to the person to decide the best plan of action.