I love cool bee structures. This set-up was built by Michael Skeels of Frenchtown, Montana. I published photos of this bee house back in October of last year, just as construction was finishing. Now it’s up and running and full of bees. Michael sent this update in response to my post about protecting hives from […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping typically includes the gear that is needed and buying bees. Nonetheless, some individuals who are starting this hobby normally make several mistakes. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers prevent making precisely the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin hobby or a beekeeping company can end up being a catastrophe. It can lead to some loss of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees perish during the wintertime. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another inferior time since you will find fewer blooms, consequently a smaller number of honey picked to begin beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming blooms.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This really is a common mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would need to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping publications is not a great idea. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling business. Second, old novels can provide info that is outdated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and faster methods production honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one doesn’t wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers prevent spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It truly is best to consult a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain item looks overly pricey, consistently think about the end cost (if they do not purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide the best course of action.