The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) organised a big conference on at the Eden Project in Cornwall last weekend – Sustainable Beekeeping: A future without imports. It was all about the benefits of keeping our native/near native honey bees, i.e. UK populations of dark European honey bees, the sub-species Apis mellifera mellifera.
I didn’t go to the conference, but I did get to see some dark bees during an apiary visit to the National Trust’s Godolp… 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 purchasing bees. Yet, some people who are starting this hobby normally make several blunders. It’s ok to make mistakes, and this article can help new beekeepers avoid making precisely the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three errors which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start avocation or a beekeeping company can prove to be a calamity. It can lead to some loss of your bees and money. Since most bees die during winter months, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would force a beekeeper to buy a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another poor time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, so a smaller number 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 flowers.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This can be a standard mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. Buying used equipment and old beekeeping publications isn’t a great idea, although it is clear that one would desire to save money as much as possible. First, used gear can come with “familial” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a leak, 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 will ben’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can provide out-of-date information on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are better and quicker ways to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective equipment. Think relating to this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers, if one does not wear protective gear when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective gear is pricey, yes, but it will help beekeepers avoid having to pay medical bills.
These three mistakes happen to be presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s a good idea to consult a professional beekeeper. If purchasing a certain item appears too high-priced, consistently think about the ending price ( in case that they do not buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the individual to decide the best course of action.