Beekeeping Troubleshooting & Maintenance

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How to Raise a Queen Bee with the Miller Method

Raising genetically strong queens that produce healthy colonies can help you avoid the multitude of worries and problems currently facing honey bees. Robust colonies are resistant to pests, chemicals, [more…]

How to Raise Queen Bees with the Doolittle Method

Raising genetically strong queens that produce healthy colonies can help you avoid the multitude of worries and problems currently facing honey bees. Robust colonies are resistant to pests, chemicals, [more…]

How to Create a Second Bee Colony From Your Existing Beehive

You can create a second colony from your existing colony. You don’t even have to order another package of bees! Free bees! Ah, but here’s the dilemma! You’ll need a new queen for your new colony. Strictly [more…]

How to Combine Two Bee Colonies into One Hive

It’s better to go into the winter with strong bee colonies; they have a far better chance of making it through the stressful cold months than do weak ones. If you have a weak hive, you can combine it with [more…]

Setting Up an Observation Beehive

An observation bee hive is a small hive with a glass panel that enables beekeepers to observe a colony of bees without disturbing them or risking being stung. Such hives usually are kept indoors but provide [more…]

How to Plant Flowers for Your Bees

Flowers and bees are a perfect match. Bees gather nectar and pollen enabling plants to reproduce. In turn, pollen feeds baby bees, and nectar is turned into honey to be enjoyed by the bees and you. Everyone’s [more…]

11 Frequently Asked Questions about Bee Behavior

Not surprisingly, most new beekeepers face the same bewildering situations and ask identical questions. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions about bee behavior. They may solve a riddle [more…]

Beekeeper’s Checklist

Use this simple checklist every time you inspect your bees. It’s okay to print multiple copies or photocopy it. Be sure to date copies and keep them in a loose-leaf notebook for future reference and comparison [more…]

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