By: Allen Schwartz
The Best Of A Langstroth and A Slovenian Hive Means No Lifting!
An article titled “No Lifting” in the June edition of Bee Culture Magazine got my attention. At 79 years of age it seems the hive boxes get a little heavier every year. The article author, Brian Drebber, described a Slovenian bee hive which houses the bee frames in a cabinet type enclosure where the frames are removed by sliding out the hive back horizontally. The frames are supported on the bott… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping typically includes buying bees and the equipment that is needed. Nevertheless, some individuals who are starting this avocation generally make several blunders. It’s ok to make mistakes, and also 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 hobby or a beekeeping business can end up being a calamity. It may lead to a lack of money and your bees. Since most bees perish during winter months winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a brand new mountain of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another poor time since there are fewer blooms, so 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 plenty of blooming blooms.
2. Buying used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a common error made by many start beekeepers. Buying used equipment and old beekeeping publications is not a good thought, although it’s clear that one would want to cut costs as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” difficulties. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely change the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling business. Second, old books can provide info that is out-of-date on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are quicker and better ways manufacture honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think relating to this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective equipment is expensive, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors have been presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s best to consult with a specialist beekeeper. If purchasing a certain item seems overly pricey, constantly think about the ending price ( in case that they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it truly is up to the individual to determine the best course of action.