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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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How to Talk to Vegans About Honey & Bees

I have yet to meet a beekeeper—commercial or hobbyist—who doesn’t adore his or her bees. There is a beauty and a romance to beekeeping that begins with the sun, and, if you are lucky, ends in a bonanza of the best tasting honey you have ever known.

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How Do I Know if My Bees Are Too Hot?
May 19, 2019 . · Health & Pests

One of my favorite places to be on our property is in the bee yard. I will occasionally sneak in there with camera in hand and just watch. Bees are …

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Who is the Queen Honey Bee and Who is in the Hive with Her?

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 …

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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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Deep Winter & Preparing For Spring With Bees

By Tom Theobald As I said in the last article, we share a long and intimate history with the honeybee, much further back than most would ever imagine. There’s little …

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Supering up for a Honey of a Summer

In the beginning beekeeping classes, I encourage new beekeepers to go into their hives at least every seven to 10 days to see how things are going. While a healthy colony of bees in a healthy environment will follow a generally predictable course, growing in population as spring advances, swarming, building again, then capitalizing on the summer honey flows, there are a lot of variations on this theme and a lot can go awry in a relatively short time. Problems tend to propagate themselves if not dealt with early, a small problem uncorrected becomes a bigger problem, then an even bigger problem, then a disaster. The beekeeper’s role is to keep things on course.

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Feeding Honey Bees Successfully
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

When I participated in the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association beginning beekeeping class, I was exposed to more than 15 hours of education. Needless to say, much of it was new …

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The Varroa Mite: Know Your Enemy

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 scourge of the …

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What You Can Learn from the Beehive Entrance
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

One of the most anticipated jobs for the beekeeper is doing a hive inspection. This is when you get to look into the hive and be assured that all is …

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