Beekeeping Tips



It’s beekeeping; it is never a perfectly oiled machine. Just when you think you’re getting pretty good at it, the girls knock you down a peg. I’ve had days when I came into the house in tears crying to my husband that my bees hated me and other days where it seemed like the girls would hoist me on their tiny shoulders, if they were able. I’ve made a ton of mistakes along the way and done more than a few stupid things. I wanted to list a few of the lessons I have learned thru the years and share some of my ignorance in the hopes that it may spare some of you the sharp side of the stinger.

Never drop a frame full of bees; you will answer to winged fury from below.

Never bend over in front of an angry hive; they will find just the right spot to sting.

Never use black duct tape to mend a suit; bees really hate dark colors, it’s true, trust me.

Never use a flashlight for a night inspection; better yet, never conduct a night inspection, if you absolutely have to, use a red light.

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