Hives & Equipment

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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Winterizing Beekeeping Equipment

Winterizing beekeeping equipment, while the hive sleeps, avoids problems when the weather warms up.

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The Basics of Making a Bee Hotel
September 26, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

Learn how to make a bee hotel and why it’s important to support your native solitary bees.

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Making Splits: Nucleus Colony
September 1, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

Making a nucleus colony is a simple skill that any beekeeper at any stage can readily accomplish when keeping a few basics in mind.

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When to Cull a Colony
August 17, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

The good news is culling is usually not necessary. Read on to discover when to cull a diseased colony and when to try other methods first. 

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First Year Honey Extraction Equipment
August 17, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

Shiny new honey extraction equipment is not necessary the first year, so here’s a quick rundown of what to consider when first getting started in the extraction process.

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How to Clean a Beehive Smoker

Have you noticed that your smoker isn’t working as well as it used to? If so, it is probably past time to clean your beehive smoker.

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Honey Extractors Explained
August 6, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

In the beekeeping world, variety seems to be the common thread among us and honey extractors are no exception. So, here’s a quick rundown on what to look for when selecting a honey extractor.

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My Flow Hive: Three Years In

Add to Favorites 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 …

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A Slatted Rack and Robbing Screen Can Improve Your Hive Entrance
July 13, 2022 · · 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 beehive to suit local conditions.

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