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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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  • Find the Queen Fridays!

    Find the Queen Fridays!

    Finding the queen bee can be a challenge! Here are some quick tips, and videos to help you practice your queen finding skills!

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  • Can I Split Yet? Top 3 Signs for When to Split Your Beehives

    Can I Split Yet? Top 3 Signs for When to Split Your Beehives

    Your bees made it through the winter. Congratulations! It’s a rewarding and exciting time for beekeepers! One question that I keep hearing once spring time approaches: Can I split my beehives now? Can I do it now? How about now? When can I split my bees?!?  Sunshine, warmer weather, and bee activity may make you…

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