By: Walt Dahlgren
After completing my WALT TOP BAR HONEY EXTRACTOR published in the October 2013 issue of Bee Culture, I wondered if my favorite five-gallon pail was large enough to use for a two frame centrifugal extractor.
I placed two 6¼ frames in the pail and decided I could space them 3” apart and still rotate them in the pail. Of course the pail is only 15” high and the frames are 19” long so the pail is too short. I could use extra pails as extensions to mak…
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Beekeeping can either be a full time profession or a hobby that is simple. Yet, more often than not, what started as a hobby would turn into a profession. But you cannot just tell and decide yourself you will begin to do beekeeping. You need to have satisfactory knowledge and comprehension on the field that you are going to enter, before starting on any hobby or profession. Then it is about time to indulge yourself in your line of interest, if you’ve been putting off your interest in beekeeping for quite a while. Bee farming may not seem difficult; by learning the basic beekeeping lessons, you can be got off to a great beginning.
What does a beekeeper have to know?
On beekeeping to start at the right foot you should have interest that is complete. You should also have agreed to share your home space with the bees. There are possible dangers in beekeeping that can damage you but your family also. Your focus is not just to earn money by selling honey; a good beekeeper should have a keen interest and passion in rearing bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right location for the beehives. You have to make sure that beekeeping is allowed in your area if you decide to set your beehives at your backyard. There are several places confined to beekeeping; you should get permission concerning this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies can be found in the region where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you need to attend a nearby beekeeping store; it’s best that a nearby beekeeping shop is not inaccessible.
Protective gear and equipment are also essential for beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the right ensemble must be worn during beekeeping sessions. This will minimize the odds of being stung by your bees. Understand the right type of suit to select to keep you from any possible risk in beekeeping.
Last but definitely not the least, among the beekeeping lessons you must know is that: it’s not unimportant for the beekeeper to understand the appropriate manner of picking honey. All the efforts that are beekeeping would be ineffective if you are unable to harvest honey from your bees. The procedures should be known by a beekeeper in gathering the honey from the comb; beeswax is also part of the returns in beekeeping.