By: Rich Morris
Hang around an online forum for Beekeepers, and you find out fast that they can be an opinionated bunch.
There’s often lots of advice, but little data beyond experience. For many it feels like beekeeping is more of an art than a science. While that’s good for a chuck… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually includes purchasing bees and the needed equipment. Nonetheless, some people who are starting this hobby normally make several mistakes. It’s alright 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 avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can prove to be a catastrophe. It can lead to a loss of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees die during the wintertime. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a brand new mountain of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another inferior time since there are fewer flowers, so a smaller number of honey harvested to begin beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming blooms.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books. This can be a familiar error made by many start beekeepers. Purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a great thought, although it’s understandable that one would need to save money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “inherited” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely change the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can provide information that is out-of-date on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are quicker and better means to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think relating to this. If one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs, he/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert spending medical bills.
These three blunders happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult a professional beekeeper. If purchasing a particular item looks too high-priced, always think about the ending cost (if they don’t purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it’s up to the individual to decide the best plan of action.