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These are Commercial Honeybee Hives in the Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain. Credit: Alfredo Valido
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping normally involves purchasing bees and the needed gear. Nonetheless, some individuals who are beginning this hobby usually make several errors. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers prevent making the same mistakes others have before.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should prevent:
1. Not knowing the best time to begin hobby or a beekeeping company can prove to be a disaster. It may lead to a lack of cash and your bees. Since most bees die during the wintertime winter is the worst possible time to start. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive cash. Autumn is another poor time since you will find fewer flowers, consequently a smaller quantity of honey harvested, to begin beekeeping. The best time to begin beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are lots of blooming blooms.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books. This can be a standard error made by many start beekeepers. It’s clear that one would need to conserve money as much as possible, but purchasing used old and equipment beekeeping books is not a good idea. First, used equipment 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 in one go. This would definitely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling business. Second, information that is outdated can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the traditional approach when there are faster and better ways to maintain beehives and fabrication honey.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one doesn’t wear protective equipment when managing the hives and gathering the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it will help beekeepers prevent spending medical bills.
These three errors have been presented here to help future beekeepers avert them. It is best to consult with a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a certain thing appears too pricey, constantly consider the ending price ( in case that they do not purchase this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it truly is up to the individual to determine the best plan of action.