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General Beekeeping

Crazy Bees

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There's never a dull moment with honey bees.Continue Reading

A Sting is No Joke

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Bees are stinging insects. Most beekeepers don't get stung a lot. But if you keep bees you will get stung.Continue Reading

Esssential Oils - Myth or Fact?

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When I was an HVAC controls tech there were what we called 'tech myths.' Continue Reading

Knock, knock. Who's there?

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Maybe someone can complete my bad joke. But tapping on the side of the hive might give a response.
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Thanksgiving for Bees

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While you are eating turkey your bees get a candy board.Continue Reading

Looters and Rioters

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It happens. Hives get robbed. Hives get killed. A customer texted wanting to know what to do about the yellow jackets attacking his hive. Once it has started it is hard to stop. And by the time most of us see it, the battle is lost.Continue Reading

Dearth

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The dearth is not exactly Darth Vadar but it can be close!Continue Reading

Inspector Clouseau Says...

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If you are to be a successful beekeeper you need to be a savvy inspector.Continue Reading

Bees swarm? Patience!

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Had a fellow call me and wanted to know if I wanted to buy four queens. Here's the story.Continue Reading

Major Bee Loss

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Major bee loss.Continue Reading

Queen or Honey Excluder?

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Like almost everything beekeeping there are multiple opinions about queen excluders.Continue Reading

O Happy Day!

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Happiness are dandelions for a beekeeper.Continue Reading

Spring Jump Start

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Do you have kids? You were one. Kids are expensive to raise. Continue Reading

Winter Beekeeping #3

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You've almost made it to the next beekeeping year. Don't let them die now.Continue Reading

Winter Beekeeping #2

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Opportunities like this are few in December.Continue Reading

Winter Beekeeping #1

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What's going on in there?Continue Reading

Winter Prep #2

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We like to have fat bees with lots of food stored for the winter.Continue Reading

Winter Prep #1

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Varroa mites. You have them.Continue Reading

Thieves, thieves, tramps and thieves

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Bees break several of the 10 Commandment. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not covet.Continue Reading

Pests

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Pests. There are a host of them out to get your bees.Continue Reading

Catching Swarms

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Who doesn't like free bees? Especially when the free bees are your own.Continue Reading

Swarms. The Bane of Beekeeping.

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Yes, beekeeper, these are queen cells. Yes, beekeeper, it is a sign that they are probably going to swarm.Continue Reading

Into the Deep!

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This is me 12 years ago looking at a new hive. See how white my suit was?Continue Reading

Did You Peek Yet?

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Are you feeding? Have you looked into your hives yet?
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Feed, Feed, Feed

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Think of yourself as a banker. You've been asked to invest in a capital project.
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Nuc Babies

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So the Royal baby is in the news this week. Big deal. RJ Honey has a bigger deal. The nucs are just about done.
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Super!

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Supering up is a term you'll hear from beekeepers. Here it is in action.Continue Reading

Old Comb? Rotate Deeps?


Jim sent us a question. Well, several questions. "Should I put in new frames, switch the deeps or both.... Or neither?"Continue Reading

Grow Baby! Grow!

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Finally, the bees are bringing in gobs of pollen.

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Hive Autopsy

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A beekeeper must be a good coroner.

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Early Spring Management

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You want a hive strong going into winter and strong coming out.

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Forget the Robins

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This is the true first sign of spring.Continue Reading