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Who is the Queen Honey Bee and Who is in the Hive with Her?
April 27, 2022 · · Beekeeping 101

The honey bee hive is a busy place where every bee has a job. The hive consists of the queen honey bee, the drones, and the workers. Part of learning how to raise bees is learning what role every bee fills.

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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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Top Bar Beehives vs Langstroth Beehives
December 8, 2021 · · Hives & Equipment

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 book. It was such an amazing gift.

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Backyard Beekeeping December 2021/January 2022
November 9, 2021 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Beekeeping December 2021/January 2022 — 1/3 is available now! Subscribe to Backyard Beekeeping for great stories on cleansing flights, buying bees, planning out your pollinator gardens, and making mead. PLUS how to make fondant for bees!

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Why Honey Bees Dying in the Hive Should Be Investigated
November 4, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Honey bees dying while you learn to care for the colony and hive is disappointing. It is important to look into the cause of honey bees dying to avoid it happening again.

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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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Why Do Bees Swarm So Late in the Year?
October 1, 2021 · · Ask the Expert

Why would they swarm this late in the year? Both the queenless hives and the swarms won’t survive, as fall is here and almost zero nectar now.

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Can I Feed Frames of Honey Back to My Colony?
September 23, 2021 · · Ask the Expert

I live in the NC Piedmont. I prepared my hives for winter last Sunday by removing the top supers and adding a quilt frame and a candy board. These are two first-year hives. The honey was not capped last month. This month it’s all capped including eight full frames in the supers and four that are about half full.

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When and How to Store Honeycomb and Brood Comb
September 7, 2021 · · Hives & Equipment

Knowing how to store honeycomb and brood comb is an important aspect in beekeeping. Where do the honey bees stop and the equipment start?

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Using a Beehive Inspection Checklist
August 23, 2021 · · Health & Pests

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 it doesn’t have to be.

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