Get ready to find Asian hornets in your apiary – notes from a talk by Martyn Hocking

Source: https://adventuresinbeeland.com/2018/03/15/get-ready-to-find-asian-hornets-in-your-apiary-notes-from-a-talk-by-martyn-hocking/

This weekend I went to the Cornwall Beekeepers Association (CBKA)’s AGM. There were some probing questions asked… but luckily there was also plentiful tea and cake to sweeten the proceedings. The CBKA’s setup is more fragmented than Ealing as it is split into seven local groups spread around the county. There is also a West Cornwall Beekeepers’ Association! It was hard deciding which to join since I live in central Cornwall, so for now I’ve joined both.

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Beekeeping, like every other activity, has its own dos and don’ts. Start beekeeping usually involves the needed gear and buying bees. Nonetheless, some people who are starting this hobby usually make a few errors. It’s ok to make mistakes, and also this article can help new beekeepers avoid making exactly the same mistakes others have previously.

Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avert:

1. Not understanding the best time to start a beekeeping company or avocation can prove to be a calamity. It can lead to a loss of your bees and money. Since most bees die during the wintertime, winter is the worst possible time to start. This would drive a beekeeper to buy a fresh mountain of bees, which would be more expensive money. Autumn is another poor time to start beekeeping, since there are fewer blooms, consequently 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 loads of blooms that are blooming.

2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This really is a common error made by many beginning beekeepers. It is understandable that one would desire to cut costs as much as possible, but purchasing used gear and old beekeeping books is not a great idea. First, used equipment can come with “familial” problems. The extractor outlet might have a leak, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly impact the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario especially if a beekeeper is intending to begin a honey-selling business. Second, information that is aged can be provided by old novels on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional method when there are better and faster methods to maintain beehives and manufacture honey.

3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she will most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers if one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and accumulating the honeycombs. Protective gear is not cheap, yes, but it is going to help beekeepers avoid spending medical bills from all the bee stings.

These three mistakes are presented here to help future beekeepers avoid them. It truly is best to consult a specialist beekeeper before getting started beekeeping. If buying a particular item looks too expensive, always think about the ending cost ( in case that they do not purchase this item now, will it cost them more later on?). Finally, it truly is up to the person to decide the best plan of action.

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