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Setting Honey Prices, Labeling, and Marketing Homestead Honey
November 30, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

When we first started keeping bees, many friends and family wanted to buy honey from us. In the beginning, we didn’t have any extra, but after a while, we had more than our family could use and we decided to sell some. But we needed to make sure we were selling the honey legally and had a competitive honey price.

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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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Using a Beehive Inspection Checklist
July 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites 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 …

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What You Need to Know About Apiary Layout

Add to Favorites The cold days of winter are a great time to plan for next spring and summer. These plans might include the garden, the orchard, livestock, or the apiary. …

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Who is the Queen Honey Bee and Who is in the Hive with Her?
May 6, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Add to Favorites 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. …

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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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What is Honey Bee Dysentery?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites Beekeeping is rife with confusing terminology that can baffle even experienced beekeepers. Honey bee dysentery is a perfect example. In humans, dysentery is a contagious illness caused …

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Beekeeping with the Warre Hive: The Original Homestead Beehive

Add to Favorites By Ernie Schmidt, Washington – Beekeeping with the Warre hive, for me, is the easiest way to care for bees. The Warre beehive was developed specifically to be …

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Natural Bees Comb Building: Boon or Bust?

The construction of natural bee’s comb is a wonder to behold. Festooning bees clasp legs to form hanging chains, a behavior many beekeepers describe as measuring, and set to work building hexagonal cells using wax flakes they excrete from abdominal glands and shape with their jaws. Each bee appears to work independently, yet somehow cells built by many bees working on different areas of comb come together seamlessly.

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The Ins and Outs of Buying Bees
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Add to Favorites Every spring potential beekeepers begin to get excited about starting to keep bees. They read beekeeping books and articles, and talk to experienced beekeepers about everything from …

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