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Why do Bees Swarm?
June 3, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites One of the most disappointing things that can happen to a beekeeper is to have a hive swarm. After it happened to us, we decided we really …

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Natural versus Grafted Queen Rearing
June 2, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

Queen rearing can be as simple or as complex as the beekeeper chooses. Grafting queen bees and natural rearing are the two more common methods.

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What Does a Caught Swarm Need to Thrive?

I just caught my first swarm by placing a deep hive body on top of a very active swarm on a low brush pile. When I got the deep back to the yard, I installed a frame feeder and a top feeder as well as a pollen patty. I inspected the hive yesterday afternoon, and it is packed out with bees (maybe 5-6 lbs ).

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Growing Your Apiary: All About Splitting a Hive

Splitting the colony is a natural part of the honeybee’s reproductive life cycle—in nature we call this action “swarming.” Why do bees swarm? With increased hours in daylight, the queen bee begins to lay her eggs and grow the hive’s population.

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The Poisoning of Bees on Sunflower Crops
May 29, 2022 · · Ask the Expert

Do you have any info regarding the poisoning of bees on sunflower crops?

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What To Know As Spring Unfolds Into Summer

If April is the beekeeping equivalent of planting time, then May is when our efforts start to germinate.

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The Vital Role the Drone Plays in the Beehive
May 24, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

The most sustainable manner of keeping bees requires Beeks to learn skills beyond hive inspection, feeding regimens, and pest control. Learning to create splits and raise queens are, without a doubt, the most sustainable manner of reducing costs.

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Strange Creatures
May 20, 2022 · · Health & Pests

What about all those strange creatures lurking about the bee yard? Here’s a little primer on which creatures to keep a watch out for.

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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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Disability and Beekeeping

While we may not think of beekeeping as a strenuous activity, it does require a certain degree of fitness and mobility. The amount of lifting, turning, and bending may seem small, but it can seem overwhelming if you have mobility, dexterity, or balance problems.

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