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

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 new beekeeper, but …

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How to Decrystallize Honey
May 23, 2019 · · Honey & Beeswax

Every so often someone asks me how to decrystallize honey. Now, they don’t use those exact words. Usually, the conversation goes something like this. “Um, I’m not sure what happened …

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Beekeeping with the Warre Hive: The Original Homestead Beehive

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 a homestead hive. …

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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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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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How to Start Beekeeping in Your Backyard
February 1, 2019 · · Beekeeping 101

This year we started raising honey bees. I wanted to do this for the last couple of years but for one reason or another, it didn’t work out until this …

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