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Propolis Benefits Inside and Outside the Hive
February 1, 2019 · · 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 …

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What do Bees do in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Unlike birds, bees don’t fly south for the winter, nor do they hibernate. So, what do bees do in the winter? They try to survive. They spend all their time …

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The Basics of Making a Bee Hotel
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Even though we have several honey bee hives on our property, our strawberries were not getting pollinated. After a bit of research, we learned that strawberries aren’t a favorite of …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

Being a good beekeeping neighbor is something all backyard beekeepers should be concerned about. When we started talking about keeping bees we knew we’d have to be careful since our …

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What’s in Your Beekeeping Smoker?
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

When our son first started keeping bees I had no idea what a beekeeping smoker was used for or what to put in the smoker. The smoker is really a …

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6 Simple Beeswax Uses
February 1, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Most of the time when we think about raising bees we think of the honey; however, bees make several other “products” that the beekeeper will need to manage. One of those products …

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Top Bar Beehives vs Langstroth Beehives
February 1, 2019 · · 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 …

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Wax Moth Treatment to Help Your Bees Win the Battle
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

All hives, even healthy ones, will have wax moths. I didn’t understand this when we first started beekeeping. I thought that if we were good beekeepers our hives wouldn’t get …

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Why do Bees Swarm?
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

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 needed to find …

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How to Make a Bee Watering Station
February 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Most of us realize the importance of being wary of the heat for people, pets, and livestock, but we often forget that the bees could use a little extra help …

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