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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually includes buying bees and the needed gear. Yet, some people who are beginning this avocation normally make several errors. It is okay to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers prevent making precisely the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avert:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin avocation or a beekeeping business can end up being a calamity. It may lead to some loss of cash and your bees. Since most bees expire during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a fresh mountain of bees, which would cost more cash. Fall is another lousy time since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller number of honey harvested to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are plenty of blooming flowers.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. This is a familiar error made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a good thought, although it is understandable that one would need to conserve money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would certainly affect the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling business. Second, information that is out-of-date can be provided by old books on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are quicker and better methods to keep beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think about this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one doesn’t wear protective equipment when managing the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective equipment is pricey, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills.
These three mistakes are presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It’s best to consult a specialist beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain thing seems too high-priced, always think about the end cost (if they don’t purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it is up to the individual to determine the best course of action.