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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping generally includes buying bees and the gear that is needed. Nonetheless, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make a few errors. It is ok to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping business or hobby can end up being a calamity. It can lead to a loss of your bees and money. Since most bees perish during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would compel a beekeeper to buy a new batch of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another lousy time since there are fewer flowers, hence a smaller amount of honey harvested, to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of flowers that are blooming.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a common mistake made by many start beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would desire to conserve money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and gear beekeeping books is not a great thought. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to commence a honey-selling business. Second, info that is dated can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are faster and better ways to maintain beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. He/she’ll most likely 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 pricey, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes are presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. It is best to consult with a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain thing appears overly expensive, consistently think about the end price (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the individual to decide the best course of action.