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As beekeepers, there come times when we need to feed our bees or offer them up reserves to help them get through dearths and winter. New colonies should be fed so that they can quickly build out new comb for the queen to lay and for them to store their foraged pollen and nectar.  Existing …

As beekeepers, there come times when we need to feed our bees or offer them up reserves to help them get through dearths and winter. New colonies should be fed so that they can quickly build out new comb for the queen to lay and for them to store their foraged pollen and nectar. Existing …

Duh! Easy, sensible ways to reduce winter condensation in your honeybee hives. Condensation is a common winter killer for your bees. This beekeeper has listed simple solutions. Tilt your hives!

Duh! Easy, sensible ways to reduce winter condensation in your honeybee hives. Condensation is a common winter killer for your bees. This beekeeper has listed simple solutions. Tilt your hives!

beehive shelter - an even better plan than the one I've considered already!

beehive shelter - an even better plan than the one I've considered already!

Bee Feeding Recipes: When feeding bees, it is the sugar, not the water that the bees need.  By mixing the sugar to water at different ratios, the beekeeper can encourage certain behaviors.  Below are sugar syrup recipes from Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, and the actions they stimulate within the hive.   Also included are candy recipes and instructions for dry sugar feeding used as emergency winter food when temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bee Feeding Recipes: When feeding bees, it is the sugar, not the water that the bees need. By mixing the sugar to water at different ratios, the beekeeper can encourage certain behaviors. Below are sugar syrup recipes from Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, and the actions they stimulate within the hive. Also included are candy recipes and instructions for dry sugar feeding used as emergency winter food when temperatures are below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

DIY Honey Extractor Out of Plastic Buckets - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

DIY Honey Extractor Out of Plastic Buckets - Farm and Garden - GRIT Magazine

An Introduction to the Top Bar Hive Top Bar hive vs. Langstroth comparisons

An Introduction to the Top Bar Hive Top Bar hive vs. Langstroth comparisons

Bee Houses - for mason bees, which are not affected by colony collapse. Mason bees are more mellow than the usual honey bee and are terrific pollinators.

Barebones Bee Houses in London

Bee Houses - for mason bees, which are not affected by colony collapse. Mason bees are more mellow than the usual honey bee and are terrific pollinators.

beehive with swarm activity - if you see bees making this horseshoe pattern in front of the hive, 3 days later they will start to build queen cells.  They will continue this pattern so long as there is sunlight. If you don't want the hive to swarm, you have 3 days to add supers to relieve congestion, otherwise, a swarm will emerge in approx. 3 weeks....

beehive with swarm activity - if you see bees making this horseshoe pattern in front of the hive, 3 days later they will start to build queen cells. They will continue this pattern so long as there is sunlight. If you don't want the hive to swarm, you have 3 days to add supers to relieve congestion, otherwise, a swarm will emerge in approx. 3 weeks....

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