Hives & Equipment

How to Assemble a Deep Feeder with Cap and Ladders
July 15, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

Feeding honey bees seasonally or when you start a new colony is critical to the success of your beekeeping initiatives. You have several options for feeders, and one of those …

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Bee Bucks – The Cost of Beekeeping

By Josh Vaisman – Keeping bees isn’t free and so I’m often asked, “What is the cost of beekeeping? If I’m looking to start a honey bee farm, what is …

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What You Can Learn from the Beehive Entrance

One of the most anticipated jobs for the beekeeper is doing a hive inspection. This is when you get to look into the hive and be assured that all is …

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What You Need to Know About Apiary Layout

The cold days of winter are a great time to plan for next spring and summer. These plans might include the garden, the orchard, livestock, or the apiary. An apiary is …

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My Flow Hive: Three Years In

Many people are familiar with the look of a common Langstroth beehive. They can easily recognize the classic white stacked (or sometimes colorfully painted) boxes forming a tower and capped …

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From Point A To Point Bee

When I sell bees to a new beekeeper, the question of moving bees often comes up. I get questions like, “Why do you move them after dark?” or “Can I move them again once they are set?” or “Why do they have to be moved at least two miles away?” These and other questions about the subject are not easily understood and can be very confusing to beginners. Yet, the more we learn about bees the easier they are to understand.

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Supering up for a Honey of a Summer

In the beginning beekeeping classes, I encourage new beekeepers to go into their hives at least every seven to 10 days to see how things are going. While a healthy colony of bees in a healthy environment will follow a generally predictable course, growing in population as spring advances, swarming, building again, then capitalizing on the summer honey flows, there are a lot of variations on this theme and a lot can go awry in a relatively short time. Problems tend to propagate themselves if not dealt with early, a small problem uncorrected becomes a bigger problem, then an even bigger problem, then a disaster. The beekeeper’s role is to keep things on course.

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15 Easy Beekeeping Projects for Winter
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

Just when you think winter will never end, you suddenly awaken to an azure sky. You hear sounds you haven’t heard in months: frogs, birds, kids. Without warning, honey bees …

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How to Customize Your Hive With a Screened Inner Cover and Imirie Shim
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

Just as you can alter the entrance to your Langstroth beehive, you can also alter the top. Two pieces of optional equipment to consider are a screened inner cover and …

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A Slatted Rack and Robbing Screen Can Improve Your Hive Entrance
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

One of the best things about a Langstroth beehive is its adaptability. By using optional pieces of beehive equipment like a slatted rack and robbing screen, you can adapt your …

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