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How to Make a Bee Hotel

By Leah Grunzke – Solitary bees face some of the same threats to their population as honey bees do. Loss of habitat is perhaps the single biggest threat to wild …

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Why Did My Newly Installed Bees Make a Queen Cell? Ask the Expert.

Today was inspection day and I found what appears to be a queen cell … yikes!? I’ve read a lot of different things about these and I am freaking out a …

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Beehive Inspection Checklist

The only way to know exactly what is going on in a beehive is to actually take a peek inside. This can be intimidating, especially to a new beekeeper, but …

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Creating the Best Water Sources for Bees
June 6, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Like all animals, honey bees need a dependable source of water year round. The best water sources for bees are ones that won’t go dry in the summer, won’t drown …

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Feeding Honey Bees 101
June 5, 2019 . · Hive Highlights

Many new beekeepers are surprised to learn that even established colonies need to be fed certain times of the year. Feed the bees? Wait a sec! I thought that’s the …

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What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

By Perry and Beverly Riley – Raising honeybees is a challenge. One day your hive looks good and a few days later you wonder if it’s going to live. There are all …

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Raising Honey Bees with Pets and Livestock
June 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

When we decided to start raising honey bees, one of the things we needed to consider was the safety of the other animals on our property. If we had a …

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What You Need to Know About Apiary Layout

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. An apiary is …

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Urban Beekeeping Benefits You and Your Neighbors
May 29, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

The list of urban beekeeping benefits is extensive, so long as we approach it in a neighborly way. Being a courteous beekeeper in a city or suburb goes a long way. …

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How to Decrystallize Honey

Every so often someone asks me how to decrystallize honey. Now, they don’t use those exact words. Usually, the conversation goes something like this. “Um, I’m not sure what happened …

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