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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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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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From Point A To Point Bee

When I sell bees to a new beekeeper, the question of moving bees often comes up. I get questions like, “Why do you move them after dark?” or “Can I move them again once they are set?” or “Why do they have to be moved at least two miles away?” These and other questions about the subject are not easily understood and can be very confusing to beginners. Yet, the more we learn about bees the easier they are to understand.

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Successfully Installing Packaged Bees

Spring is one of the busiest times in beekeeping, as it is with much of agriculture, but it is also a very rewarding and intriguing time. In effect it is “planting time,” when the scene is set for the coming season, and what takes place in March and April can often have an irreversible influence on what comes over the next several months.

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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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Frugal Beekeeping with Used Beekeeping Supplies
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites When our son first told us he was interested in starting beekeeping, one of the things we were concerned about was the cost of beekeeping supplies. We …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Make a DIY Honey Extractor
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Add to Favorites A honey extractor is usually one of the last pieces of equipment that a beekeeper gets after learning how to raise bees. Starting beekeeping can be pricey, but there are …

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Adventures in Raising Honey Bees

Add to Favorites By D. Parnell, Tennessee – I am not a professional beekeeper in any way, shape or form. It’s been said that if you speak with 25 different beekeepers, you’ll learn of 25 …

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