Health & Pests

How to Help Bees During Spring Rain and Storms
June 25, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Spring rain is a welcome sight to a homesteader who is busy sowing seeds and planting crops. However, those same spring rains can turn into devastating storms that often leave …

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Installing a New Queen Bee to Change Genetics
June 13, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Changing genetics (and achieving diversity) can be achieved by installing a new queen bee or “requeening.” Is this the solution to better overwintering in the Northeast?

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Why Did My Newly Installed Bees Make a Queen Cell?

Mary writes… Today was inspection day and I found what appears to be a queen cell … yikes!? I’ve read a lot of different things about these and I am …

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Creating the Best Water Sources for Bees
June 6, 2019 . · 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 …

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What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

By Perry and Beverly Riley – Raising honeybees is a challenge. One day your hive looks good and a few days later you wonder if it’s going to live. There are all …

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Raising Honey Bees with Pets and Livestock
June 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

When we decided to start raising honey bees, one of the things we needed to consider was the safety of the other animals on our property. If we had a …

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How Do I Know if My Bees Are Too Hot?
May 19, 2019 . · Health & Pests

One of my favorite places to be on our property is in the bee yard. I will occasionally sneak in there with camera in hand and just watch. Bees are …

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What Bugs Your Bees in Summer? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
May 13, 2019 . · 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 …

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How to Manage Ants in a Beehive
May 11, 2019 . · Health & Pests

There is nothing quite like the sights and sounds of bees buzzing around, gathering pollen and nectar on a warm summer day. Summer and bees just seem to go together; …

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Why Did My Bees Leave the Hive? What is NOT a Swarm!
May 9, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Cartoons and movies give us an (incorrect) idea of what swarming bees look like. So when the time to ask questions came up in my first beekeeping class, I asked, …

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