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

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 by bacteria that …

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Setting Honey Prices, Labeling, and Marketing Homestead Honey
February 1, 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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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

By Laura Tyler – Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable about hive management …

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What Happens to Bees in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

As we head into winter, with so much to do on the homestead, it can be easy to overlook the winter needs of your honey-producing bees. But don’t. They need …

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

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 setting up their …

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How to Make Fondant for Bees
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Fondant for bees is a little different than the fondant that you find at the bakery. The bakery fondant can have high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, coloring, and flavorings added to it. Making fondant for bees is a lot like making candy.

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How to Set Up a Backyard Apiary
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

About six years ago our son (who was 12 at the time) told us he wanted to start keeping bees. Beekeeping was something we were interested in starting and this was …

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Why Honey Bees Dying in the Hive Should Be Investigated
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Honey bees dying while you learn to care for the colony and hive is disappointing. It is important to look into the cause of honey bees dying to avoid it happening again. …

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