Health & Pests

How Do I Keep the Hive Ventilated in Winter?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them.

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Movements of the Winter Bee Cluster
October 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

The honeybee cluster moves up in winter and down in summer. The combs start at the top and are added in layers, one beneath the other, as the colony expands.

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How Do Bees Survive Winter Without Pollen?
October 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

All during the foraging season, honey bees collect pollen and nectar. How do bees survive the winter without fresh pollen?

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Beekeeping Pests: What Bugs Your Bees in Winter?
October 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

It’s important to be prepared for various beekeeping pests through winter. Check out this primer on some of the more common pests that can be found in your hives.

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What Happens to Bees in the Winter?
October 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

In order to prepare your hives, it’s important to understand what happens to bees in the winter and how your climate affects them.

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How to Make Fondant for Bees
September 9, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Fondant for bees is a little different than the fondant that you find at the bakery. The bakery fondant can have high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, coloring, and flavorings added to it. Making fondant for bees is a lot like making candy.

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How to Make Pollen Patties
September 9, 2022 · · 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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Varroa Treatments Explained
August 26, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Treatments to combat varroa vary with options ranging from soft chemicals to the so-called hard chemicals. This article will help get you started in your quest on selecting the best varroa treatments for your apiary and management practices.

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Feeding Honey Bees Successfully
August 15, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Sometimes even the honey bee is stretched too far when resources just aren’t available. In this article, we’ll cover the why, how, and when of feeding bees.

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Using a Beehive Inspection Checklist
July 25, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Using a beehive inspection checklist can help the beginning beekeeper have confidence in hive inspections and help the experienced beekeeper stay on track during inspections.

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