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The Varroa Mite: Know Your Enemy

Add to Favorites By Josh Vaisman – Honey bees currently face three difficult challenges to their survival — a lack of quality nutrition, ubiquitous pesticides in the environment, and the …

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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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Preparing for The Queen Honey Bee
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

There is a decision to be made when starting beekeeping and ordering bees: do you want the two-pound or three-pound hive? You will only get one queen, but how many worker bees do you need right off the bat? That depends on your hive in your honey bee farming project.

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Judging the Best Honey in the World

Add to Favorites Marissa Ames – Where does the best honey in the world come from? And how is it determined “best?” That question has no definitive answer, since every …

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What Happens to Bees in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites As we head into winter, with so much to do on the homestead, it can be easy to overlook the winter needs of your honey-producing bees. But …

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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

Add to Favorites By Laura Tyler – Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable …

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Natural Bees Comb Building: Boon or Bust?

The construction of natural bee’s comb is a wonder to behold. Festooning bees clasp legs to form hanging chains, a behavior many beekeepers describe as measuring, and set to work building hexagonal cells using wax flakes they excrete from abdominal glands and shape with their jaws. Each bee appears to work independently, yet somehow cells built by many bees working on different areas of comb come together seamlessly.

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Flow Hive Review: Honey on Tap

Add to Favorites I never thought that I would be keeping bees. In fact, my healthy fear of them as a child had me spending warm summer days indoors and …

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What’s Better? Buying Bees or Catching Swarms?

Add to Favorites By Ed Dane – Is buying bees better than catching bee swarms? It is if you buy nucs. There are several ways to start beekeeping. Most beginners start …

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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue! Varroa mites have been in the United States since the late 1980s and are …

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