For the second year in a row, I’m overwintering my bees in single-deep hives. After years of running double deeps, and three years with triple deeps, I went to singles beginning about sixteen months ago. My decision was prompted by Thomas Seeley’s discussions of single deeps and the fact that very large colonies seem to […] Read more
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping normally involves buying bees and the needed gear. Yet, some individuals who are beginning this hobby usually make several errors. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the 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 avocation can end up being a disaster. It often leads to some loss of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees perish during the winter. This would force a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another poor time since you will find fewer flowers, thus a smaller number of honey picked to begin beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are loads of flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used gear and old books. That is a standard mistake made by many start beekeepers. Buying used old and equipment beekeeping books isn’t a great thought, although it is understandable that one would need to conserve money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. 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 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 business. Second, old books can supply dated info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are more rapid and better ways to keep beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. If one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers prevent spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three blunders are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It truly is best to consult an expert beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain item seems too high-priced, always think about the ending price ( in case that they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it is up to the person to decide the best course of action.