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Steps for Successfully Filtering Beeswax
November 14, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Add to Favorites When people find out that we are honey bee farming, they always ask about the honey. But bees also produce beeswax and something will need to be …

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How to Make Beeswax Candles
November 12, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Giving homemade holiday gifts is our family tradition. One of my favorite homemade gifts to give is homemade beeswax candles. They are easy, inexpensive, and perfect for neighbors, friends, teachers, and anyone you want to spread cheer to.

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Catch and Release Powdered Sugar Roll Varroa Mite Test
November 11, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Knowing what a hive’s mite load is can mean the difference between a hive surviving the winter in a healthy state ready to tackle the next honey season and an almost guaranteed untimely death from the viruses and diseases contributed to high varroa loads.

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The Importance of Winterizing Beekeeping Equipment

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee, Florida Winterizing beekeeping equipment, while the hive sleeps, avoids problems when the weather warms up. As the cooler weather rolls in, our thoughts on the farm …

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Movements of the Winter Bee Cluster
November 4, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites The honey bee cluster moves up in winter and down in summer. The downward movement is easiest to see in a feral colony built into a tree …

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Common Langstroth Hive Setup

A Langstroth hive is the most common beehive in developed countries. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth (the creator) observed that if 1 cm space was left between the cover of a hive and the top bars, that the bees would not fill it with burr comb or propolis—it was deemed walking around space.

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Should I Leave Supers on For the Winter?

Should I leave supers on for the winter?

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Are Infrared Cameras in the Winter Necessary?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them.

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Top Bar Beehives vs Langstroth Beehives
October 18, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites Not long after our teenage son started raising honey bees, a family friend built him a top bar beehive with an observation window using beehive plans from a homesteading …

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What Are Those White Worms in My Honey?

The little white “worms” we sometimes see in honey are not actually worms at all. Instead, they are the larval stage of the wax moth. Just like honey bees, wax moths go through four stages of metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

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