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Marking Your Queen Bee

When you’ve found the queen in your beehive, it’s a good idea to mark her so that you can easily find her in future. The best time to find and mark her is at the first inspection in spring when fewer bees [more…]

Beekeeping For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Beekeeping is a unique and immensely rewarding hobby. This Cheat Sheet gives you some quick tips for finding and marking your queen bee to make you feel more confident about beekeeping in no time. [more…]

Feeding and Watering Your Beef Cattle

One of the main things you can do to keep your beef cattle healthy and content is to properly take care of their dietary needs. Here are some tips for tending to all four of your bovine's stomachs: [more…]

Keeping Your Beef Cattle Healthy

Sure, you can provide your beef cattle with medical care when it gets sick or hurt, but preventing disease and injury in the first place is even better. Practice the following measures to keep niggling [more…]

Selecting Healthy Beef Cattle and Bringing Them Home Safely

When raising beef cattle, you want to start off on the right hoof by selecting healthy animals and by making their transition to their new home as smooth as possible. Consider these pointers when getting [more…]

Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Beef cattle are amazing, hardy creatures that can convert otherwise unusable plants into high-quality beef for people. You can raise a few head of cattle to stock your own freezer with wholesome steaks [more…]

Biosecurity: The Most Important Prevention Tool for Your Chickens

Biosecurity is a set of practices — things you do every day— that helps keep infectious organisms, such as viruses and bacteria, out of your chicken flock. If a disease-causing organism manages to find [more…]

First Aid Kit for a Backyard Chicken Flock

Your chicken-keeping philosophy will determine how well stocked your backyard flock first aid kit should be. At a minimum, every flock keeper should have a hospital cage in which to assess and isolate [more…]

Causes of Common Problems of Hens

Some of the problems that backyard chicken flock keepers most frequently see in their hens are respiratory illness, feather loss, and strange eggs. The following contains some common causes for some chicken [more…]

Chicken Health For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As a chicken flock keeper, you’re concerned about the well-being, safety, and health of your flock. Although you can’t control everything, such as predators, pests, diseases, and injuries, you can take [more…]

Choosing the Best Beehive Plan to Build

When you have a lot of beehive-building plans to choose from, how do you decide which is best for your needs? Aside from aesthetics, several factors should influence your decision. One relates to your [more…]

Tools and Fasteners Used to Build a Beehive

You may be surprised to find out that you can build the beehive of your dreams with only a few simple tools and fasteners. Most of what you need is probably sitting in your garage or shed right now, and [more…]

Easy Steps for Building Any Beehive

Specific plans for beehives may differ, but you typically follow the same basic steps during the building process. Here are the fundamental stages of building a beehive: [more…]

Building Beehives For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As you plan your new adventure in building beehives, you first want to decide which hive design to build based on your woodworking skills and your beekeeping needs. You also need to know the tools and [more…]

Should People with Weak Immune Systems Raise Chickens?

A healthy adult person has little to fear from keeping chickens, but those with impaired immune systems due to age, cancer, HIV infection, diabetes, or other medical conditions should resist the impulse [more…]

How to Choose a Beehive that Is Best for Your Needs

So with all the different beehive plans to choose from, how do you decide which one to build? Maybe you just like the look of one hive over another. A better way to decide is to determine the primary reasons [more…]

11 Ways to Dress Up Your Beehives

Here are eleven ways to dress up your beehive, from easy — swap out the wooden handles for some interesting, decorative hardware — to more difficult projects including shingles, observation windows, and [more…]

11 Tips for Extending the Life of Your Beehive Equipment

When you begin building beehives, saving money is always tempting, but think about the long term as you build your beehives. When you compromise quality early on, you pay for it later on. Avoid the temptation [more…]

Measure for the "Bee Space" in Your Beehive

Adhering to a measurement called the bee space lets you build hives that allow for the easy removal and inspection of combs and the simple separation and manipulation of the hive boxes. The bee space is [more…]

How to Measure and Mark Lumber for Your Beehive

Figuring out how to read a tape measure is one of the most vital skills for building a beehive. Take a moment before you start cutting anything to become familiar with your tape measure and how to use [more…]

How to Assemble Langstroth Frame Beehives

You assemble all Langstroth beehive frames, no matter the size, in an identical manner. Follow these instructions for each frame you put together. The configuration of frames is much like a picture frame [more…]

Types of Joints for Building Beehives

The good news is that many beehive build plans keep it simple. You use only four different joinery techniques for many beehive builds.

You can join wood together using all kinds of techniques. Collectively [more…]

Flashing and Wire for Building Your Beehives

Wood isn’t the only material you work with as you build beehives. A number of beehive designs make use of metal — specifically, aluminum flashing and wire hardware cloth. [more…]

Assemble the Parts of Your Beehive

After you measure, mark, cut, and join all your materials, it’s time to assemble everything into an honest-to-goodness beehive. Here are a few simple hints that makes building your hives and equipment [more…]

Safety before You Begin to Build Your Beehive

Before you pick up a hammer to drive a single nail into your beehive, spending a few moments to review some safety basics is essential. Any sharp tool has the potential to create the kind of danger in [more…]

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