Hives & Equipment

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Bee Bucks – The Cost of Beekeeping

Add to Favorites 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 …

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What You Need to Know About Apiary Layout

Add to Favorites 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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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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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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Sun and Shade for Bees: What is the Right Mix?
February 1, 2019 · · 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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Beekeeping with the Warre Hive: The Original Homestead Beehive

Add to Favorites By Ernie Schmidt, Washington – Beekeeping with the Warre hive, for me, is the easiest way to care for bees. The Warre beehive was developed specifically to be …

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