Health & Pests

Emergency, Swarm, and Supercedure Cells, Oh My!

Josh Vaisman – I remember seeing the queen in our first ever hive and thinking to myself, “I’ll never find supercedure cells since I’m going to do all I can to …

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What Happens to Bees in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

As we head into winter, with so much to do on the homestead, it can be easy to overlook the winter needs of your honey-producing bees. But don’t. They need …

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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue! Varroa mites have been in the United States since the late 1980s and are considered a universal …

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What do Bees do in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Unlike birds, bees don’t fly south for the winter, nor do they hibernate. So, what do bees do in the winter? They try to survive. They spend all their time …

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Wax Moth Treatment to Help Your Bees Win the Battle
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

All hives, even healthy ones, will have wax moths. I didn’t understand this when we first started beekeeping. I thought that if we were good beekeepers our hives wouldn’t get …

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Why do Bees Swarm?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

One of the most disappointing things that can happen to a beekeeper is to have a hive swarm. After it happened to us, we decided we really needed to find …

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How to Make Fondant for Bees
February 1, 2019 . · 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 a Bee Watering Station
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Most of us realize the importance of being wary of the heat for people, pets, and livestock, but we often forget that the bees could use a little extra help …

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Why Honey Bees Dying in the Hive Should Be Investigated
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Honey bees dying while you learn to care for the colony and hive is disappointing. It is important to look into the cause of honey bees dying to avoid it happening again. …

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How Disease Can Cause Bee Population Decline

With movable frame colonies, beekeepers discovered pests and diseases that they only superficially knew about. Honeybees, like any other animal, are subject to the frailties of this sometimes pale existence.

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