Hives & Equipment

Bee Bucks – The Cost of Beekeeping

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 the expected initial investment?” Let’s find out together!

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Lessons Learned Building Layens Hives

We can’t keep an entire field of bees, nor do we have the time to check on them, add boxes, or extract honey weekly. Therefore, we tried beekeeping with Layens hives.

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Moving Beehives: What You Need to Know
March 9, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

When you first got interested in starting beekeeping, I know you did tons of research and thinking about where to put your hives. But sometimes things change and you need to change with them. And so, you find yourself moving beehives.

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What You Need to Know About Apiary Layout
March 7, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

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.

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Sun and Shade for Bees: What is the Right Mix?
February 15, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites Many factors are important in determining a beehive location, including the relative amounts of sun and shade for bees. Many beekeepers insist that honey bee hives should …

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Are Infrared Cameras in the Winter Necessary?

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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Moisture Control in The Hives: A Four-Season Approach
January 4, 2022 · · Hives & Equipment

We work with the seasons and the bees’ own incredible ability to self-regulate to keep heat, cold, and moisture in check. While it is useful to look at how bees live “in the wild” to understand their natural preferences, it’s good to remember that honey bees are adaptable and live all over the world, in all climates.

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11 Must-Have Beekeeping Supplies for Beginners
December 21, 2021 · · Hives & Equipment

When our son first decided he wanted to keep bees and we started looking at beekeeping supplies, we learned pretty quickly that starting beekeeping can be pricey. Since we are really not the kind of people to rush out and drop a lot of money on a new found hobby we had to get creative.

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How to Add Wax Foundation to An Assembled Frame
December 15, 2021 · · Hives & Equipment

Today we’ll demonstrate how to add wax foundation to an assembled frame. Although the process is fairly simple, it’s easy to get tripped up without the basic steps.

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15 Easy Beekeeping Projects for Quiet Days
December 14, 2021 · · 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 you haven’t seen since fall are circling overhead, stretching their wings and looking for nectar.

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