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Backyard Beekeeping June/July 2022
August 5, 2022 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Beekeeping June/July 2022 — 2/3 is now available! Subscribe to Backyard Beekeeping for great stories on mason bees, honey extractors, splits, how to clean a smoker, recipes, and more!

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What to Do Before Buying Your First Bees
December 27, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Before you run out and buy your first set of bees, there are a few things you should do to ensure your venture into beekeeping is a success.

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Breeder Queen Selection
December 22, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Here’s a short guide for breeder queen selection: what to look for when assessing and what you can expect along the way.

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Top 10 Reasons for Starting Beekeeping

Honeybees do not necessarily require the management skills of a learned beekeeper for optimum results. Here are the top 10 reasons to start beekeeping.

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Do My Honey Bees Have Nosema?
December 21, 2022 · · Ask the Expert, Health & Pests

Honeybee dysentery is often confused with Nosema disease, so when beekeepers see feces on or near a hive, they automatically think the worst.

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How Much Honey Per Hive?

When I have a colony overwinter — and they have no spring/summer issues such as a queen dying or an unexpected swarm — I generally get around 75-100 pounds of honey per hive in Colorado.

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Judging the Best Honey in the World
December 21, 2022 · · Honey & Beeswax

Where does the best honey in the world come from? And how is it determined “best?”

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Let’s Talk About Dead Bees

Like many beekeepers, we’ve lost bees. Losing bees is never easy, and there can be many causes.

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What do Bees do in the Winter?
December 9, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Unlike birds, bees don’t fly south for the winter, nor do they hibernate. So, what do bees do in the winter?

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Frugal Beekeeping with Used Beekeeping Supplies
December 9, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

Where to find and how to clean used beekeeping supplies without breaking the bank.

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What Causes Colony Collapse Disorder in Honeybees?

What is colony collapse disorder (CCD) and what causes it? Maurice Hladik tackles this confounding question.

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