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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually involves purchasing bees and the gear that is needed. However, some people who are beginning this hobby usually make a few errors. It is acceptable to make mistakes, and also this post can help new beekeepers avoid making the exact same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three blunders which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not understanding the best time to begin a beekeeping business or avocation can prove to be a catastrophe. It often leads to a loss of money and your bees. Since most bees die during the wintertime, winter is the worst possible time to begin. This would force a beekeeper to purchase a fresh batch of bees, which would cost more money. Fall is another lousy time since there are fewer flowers, consequently a smaller amount 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 plenty of blooming flowers.
2. Buying used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This really is a typical mistake made by many beginning beekeepers. It’s understandable that one would want to save money as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping novels is not a good thought. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” problems. The extractor outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax in one go. This would surely impact the quality of one’s honey, which isn’t an ideal situation especially if a beekeeper is intending to commence a honey-selling company. Second, old novels can supply information that is dated on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are better and faster methods production honey and to maintain beehives.
3. Refraining from purchasing protective equipment. Think about this. If one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs, he/she will come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills.
These three errors have been presented here to help they are avoided by future beekeepers. It’s a good idea to consult a professional beekeeper, before getting started beekeeping. If purchasing a particular thing seems too high-priced, consistently consider the end price ( in case that they don’t buy this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Ultimately, it is up to the person to decide the best course of action.