I made many big and small mistakes being a new beekeeper.
And will continue to do so until I have learn them all. Life is a never ending learning journey for me I think.
Here is my long list to share as a beginner beekeeper. Hoping others will not make the same mistakes like I did.
Getting the bees.
1. Not wearing any protective gear to carry
the bee hives not realizing that they have multiple entrances. Got zapped 6 times in one night.
2. Not properly covering the hives when brought them home thinking a breathable car cover will do. Bees flying all over at the farm.
3. Not having enough people to help carry the bee hives out of my truck while the bees got out by the hours. Another big mistakes there.
4. Set 2 hives on top of an ant hill. Got both killed my first season.
5. Sprinkled DE under the hive stand which does not prevent the ants from killing my hives.
6. Open up the brood nest in late Fall when they should have been building up for winter. Did not know this method is call checker boarding on beesource later on.
7. Smoking the nurse bees when not needed. Thinking all bees should bee smoked on a hive check.
8. Dumping the nurse bees on few frames of open honey not knowing they cannot fly but thinking they can clean up the whole mess afterward. What a bad mistakes!
9. Feeding too much sugar syrup in a big gallon bottle inside the hive. The syrup leaked all over the bottom while some bees got stuck on the syrup.
10. Punch a small hole on the gallon bottle thinking that will help to get the syrup out faster. A disaster end result.
11. Releasing another queen too fast into an aggressive hive without proper waiting period. They balled on her alright. Lose queen #1
12. Releasing a frame of aggressive bees into a queen right hive thinking this will help to increase the population. The poor queen got killed the next week right in front of my own eyes. Lose queen #2
13. Expanding too fast on splits without enough equipments to support when they grow.
14. Not feeding enough when it is time for them to grow.
15. Not keeping my hives close enough for a close monitoring.