Almond growers not inspecting bee hives when they first arrive, or having them inspected before the bloom, are setting themselves and the industry up for delivery of weak colonies for pollination.
Neil Trent is a bee inspector with Scientific Ag Company of Bakersfield, a company owned by bee broker Joe Traynor. Trent spoke with Western F… Read More
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its own dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping usually involves buying bees and the gear that is needed. However, some individuals who are beginning this hobby generally make a few blunders. It’s acceptable to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers avoid making exactly the same mistakes others have previously.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping company can end up being a disaster. It often leads to some loss of cash and your bees. Since most bees die during the wintertime, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would induce a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another inferior time to start beekeeping, since you will find fewer blooms, hence a smaller quantity of honey picked. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are lots of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used gear and old books on beekeeping. This really is a common mistake made by many start beekeepers. It is understandable that one would need to cut costs as much as possible, but buying used old and gear beekeeping publications is not a great thought. First, used gear can come with “familial” problems. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife might not be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would certainly affect the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is planning to start a honey-selling company. Second, information that is dated can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are more rapid and better means to keep beehives and manufacture honey.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective gear. Think about this. If one does not wear protective equipment when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs, he/she’ll come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is expensive, yes, but it will help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three errors are presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. Before getting started beekeeping, it is best to consult a specialist beekeeper. If purchasing a certain thing appears overly high-priced, always think about the end price (if they do not buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). In the end, it truly is up to the person to decide the best plan of action.