Beekeeping 101

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When to Use an Outyard
July 1, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

You enjoy walking to your backyard and visiting your hives any time you’d like, right? They’re close, accessible, and convenient.

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My Swarm Returned to Where I Found it. Now What?

If I have queen cells on three different frames, and I know they are going to swarm. This is a new colony from a nuc. Could I make a split from this situation?

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How Do I Keep Bees Away from My Pool?

It is well-known that honey bees are attracted to chlorine in pools. Although bees have eyesight that is perfect for finding flowers and evading enemies, it’s not so good for finding water.

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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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Did I Catch a Swarm with My Empty Deep?
May 27, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

I have a 10-frame deep hive that had honey in it. There have not been bees in the hive in a year. Now there were 200 to 300 bees in there. I think that it’s just bees getting the old honey out of there, but they are fanning the honey as if they want to cap it. And I would like to know if the bees will stay in there at night or fly back home at dark?

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Dead Bees in a Package — How Many is Too Many?
April 24, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

I received my package, and 80 to 90% of the bees were dead. I could not tell if the queen bee was there. We tried to remove most of the dead bees. We just put the queen part at the bottom of the brood box.

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5 Honey Bees to Consider, Including Buckfast Bees
March 14, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

One of the first questions a beekeeper asks is, “What kind of bees should I keep?” There are many bees to choose from: Carniolan, German, Italian, Russian, and Buckfast bees, to name a few. Which is the right one to keep?

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Fascinating Queen Bee Facts for Today’s Beekeeper

Queen bees are fascinating and sophisticated creatures. Before starting your honey bee farm, there are some queen bee facts you must know in order to be a successful backyard beekeeper.

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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable about hive management and interested in teaching you, can feel difficult, especially if you don’t know anyone who keeps bees in your area.

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