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Top Bar Beehives vs Langstroth Beehives
October 18, 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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What You Can Learn from the Beehive Entrance
October 6, 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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Setting Honey Prices, Labeling, and Marketing Homestead Honey
August 26, 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 Treat Varroa Mites — A New Perspective
August 23, 2019 · · Health & Pests

My wife and I took a beginning beekeeping class before becoming backyard beekeepers. We learned about wax moth treatment and how to manage ants in beehives. We also learned how to …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper

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 your local laws …

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How to Help Bees During Spring Rain and Storms
June 25, 2019 · · Health & Pests

Spring rain is a welcome sight to a homesteader who is busy sowing seeds and planting crops. However, those same spring rains can turn into devastating storms that often leave …

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Raising Honey Bees with Pets and Livestock
June 1, 2019 · · Health & Pests

When we decided to start raising honey bees, one of the things we needed to consider was the safety of the other animals on our property. If we had a …

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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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How to Manage Ants in a Beehive
May 11, 2019 · · Health & Pests

There is nothing quite like the sights and sounds of bees buzzing around, gathering pollen and nectar on a warm summer day. Summer and bees just seem to go together; …

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Sun and Shade for Bees: What is the Right Mix?
February 1, 2019 · · Hives & Equipment

Many factors are important in determining a beehive location, including the relative amounts of sun and shade for bees. Many beekeepers insist that honey bee hives should be placed in …

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