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5 Honey Bees to Consider, Including Buckfast Bees
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Add to Favorites One of the first questions a beekeeper asks is, “What kind of bees should I keep?” There are many bees to choose from: Carniolan, German, Italian, Russian, …

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How to Set Up a Backyard Apiary
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites About six years ago our son (who was 12 at the time) told us he wanted to start keeping bees. Beekeeping was something we were interested in starting …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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A List of Plants That Attract Bees

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman, Michigan – For thousands of years, bees have been helping feed people, but now in the face of an onslaught of chemicals and disease, they’re …

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Adventures in Raising Honey Bees

Add to Favorites By D. Parnell, Tennessee – I am not a professional beekeeper in any way, shape or form. It’s been said that if you speak with 25 different beekeepers, you’ll learn of 25 …

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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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Top 10 Reasons for Starting Beekeeping

Why are honeybees important? Honeybees are important not because of honey, which certainly is a tasty, nutritious and more importantly, environmentally neutral sweet but honey is simply a by-product of pollination. Pollination is the most important thing honeybees do. Pollination is the transfer of pollen (male) to structures (stigma) on another flower of the same species.

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Why Are Bees Declining?

Add to Favorites By Deborah McSweeney – I am a long-time reader and love Countryside and Small Stock Journal  — it is one of the best! That said, I had to write …

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What Causes Colony Collapse Disorder in Honey Bees?

Add to Favorites By Maurice Hladik – Growing up on the farm, my father had a few beehives so when I recently watched the documentary “What Are the Bees Telling Us?” …

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My Honey Bee Farming Project Year One
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Add to Favorites This year was our first for keeping bees on the homestead. First we had to learn all about starting beekeeping, and I am glad we started by …

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