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Who is the Queen Honey Bee and Who is in the Hive with Her?
January 14, 2020 · · 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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Propolis Benefits Inside and Outside the Hive
January 2, 2020 · · Honey & Beeswax

When people think about products that bees produce they often think of honey and beeswax, but bees also make other products such as royal jelly and propolis. Benefits of each of these products can be seen inside the beehive and outside the hive.

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Which Bees Make Honey?
December 28, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

While not all bees make honey, there are many species that do—perhaps hundreds.

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5 Tips for Starting Beekeeping

Will you utilize the most commonly used hive style, the Langstroth beehive or do you fancy yourself a top bar or Warre beekeeper? For protective equipment, you could use a veil, a jacket with vail, or a full body bee suit – which works for you? Location of your hive can impact your bees based on sun exposure (summer v. winter), wind exposure, accessibility, proximity to neighbors, and so on.

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Growing Early Flowering Plants for Bees
September 13, 2019 · · Plants & Pollination

Add to Favorites For most gardeners, fall is the time to bring in the last of the harvest, preserve and store what you’ve harvested, and put the garden to bed …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper

Add to Favorites Being a good beekeeping neighbor is something all backyard beekeepers should be concerned about. Be respectful and thoughtful of our neighbors by following good beekeeping practices. Know …

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Creating the Best Water Sources for Bees
June 6, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Like all animals, honey bees need a dependable source of water year round. The best water sources for bees are ones that won’t go dry in the …

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Let’s Talk About Losing Bees

Like many beekeepers, we lost bees this winter. New packages failed to build up in a normal way last summer and were unusually slow to build comb and put away stores into fall. In September, aggressive yellow jacket predation weakened them further leaving them unable to carry themselves through the cold.

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Candles Are One Way To Use That Extra Beeswax

Add to Favorites By Tom Theobald Traditionally winter was a quiet time for beekeepers. It was a time to visit friends, for northern beekeepers maybe a time to head for …

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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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