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How Often Should I Test for Varroa Mites?

I would like to know when I should start testing for varroa mites. And then what schedule should I follow for the following months?

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Natural Queen Rearing
June 11, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Queen rearing is often seen as a beekeeping task best left ‘to the experts.’ After all, the idea of scooping up a tiny bee larvae and slipping her into a queen cup, also known as grafting, seems daunting at best to many.

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Chalkbrood Disease in Honey Bees
June 11, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Of all the disease names, chalkbrood paints the most vivid picture. Even if you’ve never seen chalkbrood symptoms, white chunks of mummified brood are hard to mistake for anything else.

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How to Make Pollen Patties
June 5, 2021 · · Health & Pests

To get started making your own patties, you’ll need a recipe. Many are readily available online with many folks adding various supplements such as essential oils, amino acids, or probiotics. However, it’s often best to begin by keeping it simple.

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Sun and Shade for Bees: What is the Right Mix?
June 5, 2021 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites Many factors are important in determining a beehive location, including the relative amounts of sun and shade for bees. Many beekeepers insist that honey bee hives should …

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Creating the Best Water Sources for Bees
June 5, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Like all animals, honey bees need a dependable source of water year round. The best water sources for bees are ones that won’t go dry in the summer, won’t drown the bees, and won’t be shared with livestock or pets. Although honey bees adore a nice salt water pool, it’s a good idea to establish your water source before your bees begin chasing away the sunbathers.

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Why are There Dead Bees in Front of the Hive?

There are lots of dead or dying bees in front of the hive. Several hundred per day for the last 2-3 weeks. Some are dead; others are ‘shivering,’ weak, unable to fly, maybe walking a little.

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Should I Perform Beehive Inspections with Supers On?

As a general rule, I try not to go into the brood boxes when the honey supers are on. There are a few reasons for this. Here are three reasons.

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A Shortlist for Long-term Beekeeping Success
June 2, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

What could be more exciting? You’ve installed your first package of honey bees into a freshly painted hive.

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What Bugs Your Bees in Summer? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
May 27, 2021 · · Health & Pests

While many creatures may choose a honey bee hive for its warmth and protection in winter, other animals are attracted to bee hives in summer. Most of these animals do not attempt to enter the hive — after all, that’s an intimidating proposition.

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