2 Common Mistakes Beginner Beekeepers Make


When you start doing anything for the first time, you’re bound to make mistakes. As such, you can expect to fumble a few times when you step into the world of beekeeping. These mistakes shouldn’t hold you back, though. Everyone messes up from time to time, no matter how much experience they have. The trick is learning about the most common mistakes beginner beekeepers make so that you know better when the time comes along. Learn how to avoid the following mishaps so that you can run a happy and healthy honey bee hive.

2 Common Mistakes Beginner Beekeepers Make

Not Catching Queenlessness

If your queen bee disappears, you want to know as soon as possible. The entire hive relies on the queen to keep laying eggs. Without her, the population will quickly decline, leaving your colony with fewer workers to make honey and defend the hive. Unfortunately, queenlessness isn’t always obvious. Your worker bees might travel in and out of the hive like normal. You might even see an increase in honey and pollen stores, since the worker bees don’t have as much brood to care for anymore. Don’t let these signs deceive you. Keep an eye on the brood and eggs every time you inspect your hive. If there is an even brood pattern with eggs in your hive, then you know your queen is alive and laying.

2 Common Mistakes Beginner Beekeepers Make Mann Lake

Inspecting Too Often

Opening up the hive and checking on your honey bees is fun, but you can’t do it too often. Hive inspections stress out your honey bees and disrupt their productivity. That’s why you should only take apart your hive once every seven to ten days. You also must learn to perform efficient hive inspections. When you can take apart the hive and examine each section quickly but thoroughly, both you and your honey bees will get the most out of your inspections.

Learning how to avoid these common mistakes beginner beekeepers make is just one of the many steps to becoming a beekeeper. Are you ready to run your own successful hives? From unassembled beehive frames to protective gear, Mann Lake has all the supplies you need for a fruitful and rewarding beekeeping career.

3 thoughts on “2 Common Mistakes Beginner Beekeepers Make

  1. David Rieck

    Between the Japanese beetles and the vine borers gardening isn’t any fun any more. I have a plan to make a full-screen house over the whole garden. Unlike fruit trees, it will need protection all season. I had planned to put in a beehive that had an entrance into my garden and an entrance into the great outdoors, requiring a Japanese beetle to go through the hive to get to my garden. Is this going to work? Will they use two entrances? I plan to put zinnias and an heirloom rose in the garden with the veggies.

  2. Greg Bender

    I have a package of bees i ordered from mann lake ,their doing great by the way. My question is i have been feeding 1 to 1 syrup in a rapid round feeder in a super i fill every 2 days, just by taking telescoping cover off is it bothering them too much? And what is the process in changing the feeder when I want to clean it , the top is loaded with bees?

    1. Krista

      Hi Greg!

      Glad to hear your bees are doing great! I brought your question to our Customer Service Representatives and they said that you are fine checking the feeder every two days as you are not going through the main parts of the hive. In regards to cleaning the feeder, use a bee brush to remove any bees and simply rinse with warm water.

      I hope this helps! Thank you and best of luck in all your beekeeping adventures!