Choosing between ordering package bees, nucleus (nucs) hives and splitting your own. Maybe try all three!
A few tweaks in the process may make all the difference in whether a colony survives the winter.
Small hive beetles are typically considered a secondary pest in the honeybee hive, paling in comparison to the Varroa mite. But they can be more than a nuisance. Left unchecked they may wreck the hive. There are ways to combat this secondary pest.
The least expensive method to grow your apiary is to split existing hives. The walk-away split is the easiest way to do this.
Developing a checklist can help when loading up for a trip to the bee yard. Here's how I'm trying to eliminate unnecessary trips back to the house for a forgotten tool.
Sometimes a colony of honeybees dies. Colony-collapse disorder is all over the news, but what else might have happened?
Being stung is the most often quoted reason for not keeping honeybees. This was also my fear before I started keeping bees. There are ways to reduce your chances of being stung. With just a few precautions, you don't have to let this keep you from a rewarding hobby.
Don't wait until spring to get into beekeeping. Order your package honeybees now.
It's time to harvest honey and there must be a way to evict the bees from the super. This post covers three possible options.
Learn how and why to utilize a queen excluder in your beehives.
How do you manage offers of used beekeeping equipment? This post describes some creative options.
Locating a queen in a hive full of thousands of bees can be hard. Here are a few tips.
Choices are available when it comes to feeding a new package of honeybees. Three of the options are discussed in this post. Choose the one that is right for you.
For the hobby beekeeper, try treating Varroa mites with natural remedies.
Bees do not live on honey alone. Pollen provides honeybees with necessary protein.
Essential oils can be a useful supplement for honeybees. Lemongrass, spearmint and thyme essential oils are being used to encourage brood development and the overall health of bees.
Starting a new hobby can be intimidating when everything is unfamiliar. Walk through the basics of a beehive structure.
Take a look around your property and decide where to put your new beehives. Some considerations for hive placement.
What is a beekeeper to do during the long cold winter months? Eat honey of course.
A small apiary uses a unique system to extract honey from frames.
When honeybees are unable to store enough food for winter, the beekeeper must decide how to support the colony through the winter.
Beekeepers need a consistent way to document hive inspections including prompts to address all relevant areas while looking at a colony of honeybees.
Tall Goldenrod is a fall favorite of the honeybee. Although it is most likely the bees are foraging on a variety of flowers, it is natural to assume the most prevalent flower at any given time is the strongest influence in the honey.