The 2018 ABF Meeting
By: Kim Flottum
The ABF celebrated their 75th Anniversary this year at their meeting in January in Reno, Nevada. So a bit of history, and comment, is due . . .
ABF stands for American Beekeeping Federation, a national organization that originally, and still has as mem… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping typically involves the needed equipment and buying bees. Nonetheless, some people who are beginning this hobby usually make a few mistakes. It’s okay to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers avoid making the exact same mistakes others have before.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin avocation or a beekeeping business can prove to be a disaster. It may lead to a lack of your bees and cash. Winter is the worst possible time to begin, since most bees perish during the winter. This would induce a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another poor time to begin beekeeping, since there are fewer flowers, hence a smaller amount of honey picked. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are loads of blooms that are blooming.
2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This can be a common mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It is understandable that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible, but buying used equipment and old beekeeping publications isn’t a great idea. First, used gear can come with “inherited” difficulties. 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 definitely affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, old books can provide dated info on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional method when there are faster and better methods to maintain beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when managing the hives and collecting the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it’ll help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It truly is best to consult with a professional beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a certain thing appears overly expensive, consistently consider the ending price ( in case that they do not purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide the best plan of action.