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Why Did My Bees Leave the Hive? What is NOT a Swarm!
May 5, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Cartoons and movies give us an (incorrect) idea of what swarming bees look like. So when the time to ask questions came up in my first beekeeping class, I asked, “Why might my bees leave the hive?”

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How Long Should I Feed Bees in Spring?

When a hive is starting out in the spring, do the forager bees consume and share some of the nectar they gather with the “house” bees and store the rest that they don’t need for their survival? And is that the reason that

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11 Must-Have Beekeeping Supplies for Beginners

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 do I Configure My Top Bar Hive?

If your top bar hive opens on the side (cold-way configuration, like a Langstroth), putting the empty brood frames right in the center will work fine.

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When Should I Perform the First Mite Check and Treatment?

A key time for getting a jump on varroa is when the colony is broodless, since any mites present will be in a phoretic state rather than hiding inside capped brood.

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Why Did My Newly Installed Bees Make a Queen Cell?

Mary writes … Today was inspection day and I found what appears to be a queen cell … yikes!

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Dead Bees in a Package — How Many is Too Many?
April 24, 2021 · · Beekeeping 101

I received my package, and 80 to 90% of the bees were dead. I could not tell if the queen bee was there. We tried to remove most of the dead bees. We just put the queen part at the bottom of the brood box.

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Succession Planting With the Best Plants for Bees

Add to Favorites Even before we began keeping bees, we tried to garden in such a way as to not harm bees and other pollinators. Now that we are keeping …

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How to Support Your Solitary Bee Population

There are more than 20,000 species of solitary bees. Native to nearly every corner of the globe, they are adapted to a vast diversity of climates and habitats.

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Tips for Planting Flowers That Attract Bees

Add to Favorites Bees contribute so very much to our world and unfortunately, we often neglect to recognize that. Oh, we know in our heads that over 150 fruits and …

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