Marking A Queen Bee

Why Marking a Queen is Not Essential   Without a queen, or without a healthy queen, the colony will be on a path to collapse. Usually, the bees will intervene and take care of things on their own accord. But other times beekeeper intervention will be required. Regardless, knowing your

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Nucs or Package Bees – Which is Better?

Like any new hobby, beekeeping has some words that most people don’t understand.  When I first became interested in beekeeping I began to read everything I could online. Luckily, there is  a lot of information online for prospective beekeepers. However, one word kept popping up that I did not understand

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Why Bees Fascinate Me

More than just a dog person… I have been an unabashed dog person for most of my life. The sloppy kisses, keen intelligence, and bold demand for belly rubs: have long been thought to be the perfect companion, filling a human need for love. But in between vacuuming dog drool

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The Beekeeper’s Role in Avoiding Colony Starvation

Bees are remarkably resilient. From hot to cold and through the seasons, bees are adaptable to climates nearly across the board. But with populations numbering in the tens of thousands, the needs of a colony are significant. Bees understand this, of course, and throughout the warmer months, they gather and

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Bees And Pesticides: What Is Safe?

As a general rule, we recommend against the use of pesticides or any form of chemicals around your bees wherever possible. However, we also recognize that many of you are avid gardeners or are well within your bees’ range of neighbors who will use pesticides. The following guidance is therefore

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Do You Struggle To Find Your Queen?

Tips for finding your queen bee Before you tear into your hive, disturbing the bees and disrupting their home, think about your mission. Most times, we don’t need to see our queen up close and personal, we only need to know she is alive, well, and laying a gazillion eggs.

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A Guide to Beehive Entrance Management

Bees in the wild make good use of whatever entrances to a space they can find. In the managed environment of our own beehives, however, entrance management is an important skill beekeeper can utilize. From the width of an entrance to their location and number, how your bees are getting

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5 Methods To Help You Raise Your Own Queens

Would you like to be able to raise your own queens? The idea of raising your own queen isn’t one that comes to mind early for the new beekeeper. But as your experience grows it will soon become evident that there are many benefits to doing so. You’ll be able

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