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  • Spring Beekeeping Management: What to Expect

    Spring Beekeeping Management: What to Expect

    So the weather is warming up, and you can hardly wait to get in and see your bees again! Winter has been long, you’ve missed them, and you’re hoping they’ve survived the winter! What should you be looking for in the early spring, and what can you do to help them get ready for the…

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  • Nuc Colony vs Package Bees: Which to Choose and How to Install

    Nuc Colony vs Package Bees: Which to Choose and How to Install

    Nucs, packages, installation. It sounded like another language to me when my husband, the original honey bee obsessed member of our family, wanted to begin beekeeping. Should we start with a “nuc” (nucleus) colony or package bees? Does it matter? The nuc colony is the best option for buying bees. New beekeepers, especially, should begin…

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  • 5-Frame Nucleus Colony: Beekeeping for Everyone 

    5-Frame Nucleus Colony: Beekeeping for Everyone 

    What is a Nucleus Colony? Nucleus colony beekeeping is beekeeping with five-frame hives. Most hive bodies that you see will consist of eight or ten frames. So the five-frame nucleus boxes are going to be a smaller option, which is great for those who may be worried about dealing with the weight of the larger…

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  • Bee Bearding: Clumps of Bees Hanging Outside? It’s Normal!

    Bee Bearding: Clumps of Bees Hanging Outside? It’s Normal!

    Bearding Behavior in Bees: Don’t Panic, This is NOT a Swarm! Temperature and Humidity It’s a hot day. It’s humid. It’s hot AND humid outside, so what do you think it’s like INSIDE the hive? It’s hot! So what are honey bees to do? They hang out on the outside of the hive. You will…

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  • Why Do Bees Reject a Queen? Queen Beehab in the Apiary

    Why Do Bees Reject a Queen? Queen Beehab in the Apiary

    Reasons for Queen Rejection Honey bees reject queen bees for a variety of reasons. It can be as simple as they do not like the way she smells! Bees can sense when a queen is poorly mated, or she may be older and in bad health. They will reject and supersede a queen when they…

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  • Do Queen Bees Leave the Hive? The Life of a Queen Bee

    Do Queen Bees Leave the Hive? The Life of a Queen Bee

    The queen honey bee is the most important bee in a honey bee colony. Her sole purpose is to lay eggs to keep the colony strong and healthy. Queen bees are naturally shy and want to stay in the cool shade of the hive. Queens will only leave the hive for one of two reasons:…

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  • Queen Cups and Beekeeping: What Should You Do?

    Queen Cups and Beekeeping: What Should You Do?

    As a beekeeper, you will see queen cups in your hive. It’s one common concern I see or hear about often, especially in the spring and summer months when the bees are very active.  Many new beekeepers see queen cups and immediately worry that something is wrong. Some new beekeepers do not know what the…

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