By: Tina Sebestyen
February, it seems like spring will never arrive.
In an effort to escape darkest Winter, we bring out our seed catalogs, and make plans for our bees. Winter is the perfect time to start a bee club, and most established bee clubs begin meetings after a short break for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But, wha… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually includes purchasing bees and the needed equipment. Nevertheless, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make several errors. It’s ok to make mistakes, which article can help new beekeepers prevent making the exact same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to start hobby or a beekeeping business can end up being a catastrophe. It often leads to a lack of your bees and cash. Since most bees die during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a fresh mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Autumn is another inferior time since you will find fewer flowers, hence a smaller number of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which will be the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books. This can be a typical error made by many start beekeepers. It is clear that one would want to save money as much as possible, but buying used equipment and old beekeeping novels isn’t a great thought. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is intending to start a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can provide information that is dated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are more rapid and better means to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective equipment when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs, he/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective equipment is pricey, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers prevent having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three blunders are presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult a specialist beekeeper. If buying a certain thing looks overly pricey, constantly think about the end cost (if they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it’s up to the person to decide the best strategy.