Beekeeping is an exercise in continuing education, experimentation, and acceptance.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Deadouts: What to do with a Dead Beehive

    Deadouts: What to do with a Dead Beehive

    Deadouts are an unfortunate part of beekeeping. This is how you can inspect a deadout to learn why your honey bees died, and how to clean it out and reuse it for a new bee colony.

  • Why do Beekeepers Use Smoke on Bees?

    Why do Beekeepers Use Smoke on Bees?

    Beekeepers use a beehive smoker to help calm the honeybees when inspecting the hives. Smoke and sugar syrup are useful tools for beekeepers.

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