If you started your beekeeping journey, you already know that a hive without a queen bee is either a dead hive or one that is packing up to move out in search of a queen bee to serve. This is one reason why regular hive inspections are so important. If the queen dies and is […]
Raising bees isn’t as hard as you might imagine. They mostly take care of themselves, but you do need the right equipment to harvest the honey, and extra precautions to do it safely.
Here’s everything you need to know about raising bees.
The queen bee is the most important member of any colony. She can live for three to four years while her underlings can only live a few weeks. Only the queen bee mates and can lay female eggs; the workers are all female. She is therefore critical to the survival of the hive. If your
Keeping bees is a rewarding pastime and can even be a profitable business, both worthy endeavors in their own right. But many keepers will also admit to having a certain amount of affection for their bees. Yeah, they are just insects, but it can be a heartwarming thing to see them prosper and triumph with
Between a lack of food supplies and a rise in the use of harmful pesticides and urbanization, bees have had a very rough ride over the last few years. Sadly, this has put the environment in a very tough spot. This has put bees in a bit of a tough spot as well and, as
Capturing a swarm has many benefits. For starters, you don’t have to lay out money purchasing bees. Capturing a local swarm has the added benefit of ensuring the bees you are keeping are used to the weather and environment and are equipped to be strong in the face of illness specific to the area. If
Beekeeping is one of those hobbies that, even today, seems downright peculiar to outsiders. I mean, who keeps bees for fun? As it turns out, a lot more people take up beekeeping than you might think and more people turn to this enjoyable, time-honored pastime every day. But beyond being a quaint hobby mainly enjoyed
Just because you are a bee-ginner, it does not mean you need to bee making bee-ginners mistakes. I live by the mantra: a fool learns from his own mistakes; a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Keeping a couple of hives has incredible benefits for your health as well as for the environment.
Some 45 years back (when I was kid) we woke up to loud, aggressive buzzing coming from our fireplace. My dad called a beekeeper to come fetch the bees and was informed that the bees could be removed for a fee. He became somewhat angry because he thought he was giving a beekeeper free bees.
A beekeeper’s worst nightmare is opening a hive that is full of dead bees. It is a heartbreaking frustration when you have put in all the time, effort, and financial investment, and despite your best efforts, your bees are dead. The truth is this is not a novice beekeeper problem. Beekeepers who have been working
Beekeepers often give such conflicting suggestions on whether or not to feed bees, as well as when and what to feed them. Rookie beekeepers often feed their bees because they think of their bees as livestock and feel it is their responsibility to feed them every day. I will set the topic to rest for