Reno, Chickens and Winter
By: Kathy Summers
Most of our Bee Culture staff attended the 2018 American Beekeeping Federation Conference in Reno, NV during the second week of January. Jean Newcombe, our Bee Culture advertising coordinator, attended with Kim and I. The attendance nu… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually involves the needed equipment and purchasing bees. However, some people who are starting this avocation usually make several mistakes. It is ok to make mistakes, which article can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin avocation or a beekeeping company can prove to be a calamity. It may lead to some loss of your bees and cash. Since most bees expire during the winter, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would induce a beekeeper to purchase a brand new batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another lousy time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, so a smaller amount of honey harvested. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming blooms.
2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a familiar error made by many beginning beekeepers. Purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a great idea, although it’s clear that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible. First, used equipment can come with “familial” problems. The extractor factory 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 impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation particularly if a beekeeper is intending to begin a honey-selling business. Second, old books can supply information that is aged on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are faster and better methods to keep beehives and production honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. 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 collecting the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three errors are presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult a specialist beekeeper. If buying a particular thing looks too expensive, constantly consider the ending price (if they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide the best course of action.