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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping typically involves purchasing bees and the needed gear. Yet, some people who are starting this hobby normally make a few mistakes. It’s acceptable to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin avocation or a beekeeping company can end up being a catastrophe. It often leads to some loss of your bees and money. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees die during winter months. This would drive a beekeeper to purchase a new mountain of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another poor time since there are fewer blooms, thus a smaller amount of honey harvested, to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which can be the time of the year where there are loads of blooms that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. That is a common error made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used equipment and old beekeeping books is not a great idea. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor factory outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling business. Second, old books can provide info that is outdated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are quicker and better methods to maintain beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. He/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular item looks too expensive, always think about the end price ( in case that they do not buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it is up to the individual to decide the best course of action.