Thinking About Keeping Bees? Part 2: Varieties, Where to Put Them, and How to Get Them

Beehives in a row

In Part 1 of our series, we covered some initial beekeeping considerations and outlined costs and time factors. We also made these assumptions for this series of articles, and they continue. They are: Assumption 1:  You will purchase equipment Assumption

Does reversing hive bodies in the spring prevent swarming?

By Dennis Brown, Lone Star Farms,, Author of “Beekeeping: A Personal Journey” and “Beekeeping: Questions and Answers” I’m often asked if it does any good to reverse your hive bodies in the spring? That’s a suggested way to prevent

Now available! 3 Grades of Deeps and Mediums!

Since 1924, we’ve been a leader in providing beekeepers with quality products and excellent customer service. We are excited to announce that we have expanded our selection in mediums and deeps. We now offer a Select Grade, Commercial Grade, and

Tips on Selecting Protective Clothing

Hooded beekeeping jacket with veil

Bees sting! As wonderful as honey bees are, they have the ability to inflict a great deal of pain with their venomous sting. Therefore it is common for beekeepers to have the well-known “bee suit”. I recall the first time

Hive Heating in the Winter

Hives in Winter

By Gary S. Reuter, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota In this article I would like to discuss the factors in a honey bee colony that pertain to winter and early spring. How does a colony make it through the

Tetra-Bee & Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD)

Tetra-Bee Mix

What is Tetra-Bee & why does it require a veterinary feed directive? Tetra-Bee is a strong and effective antibiotic that contains oxytetracycline. It’s recommended to help treat and prevent American and European foulbrood. A Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) is required for

How to Cross Wire Foundation

Cross wiring foundation is a good practice for wax foundation. It keeps the foundation straight for the bees to build comb on and provides strength and stability. At first, cross wiring can be a daunting task, however after a few

Preparing for Winter in Northern, Central, and Southern Climates

Bee brood on frame

Now that you’ve done your fall inspections (if you haven’t, now’s the time!), we’ll cover some more tips and techniques to set your bees up to survive this winter. Please note: Any information or suggestions that we give for what

Clean-up of Hives that Didn’t Survive

Bees die. But spring is the season of renewal. Finding a dead hive is discouraging, but please don’t give up. Bees need us. So what do you do with “dead-outs” as they’re commonly called? Dealing with Dead-Outs First, remove the

Hive Colors & Bears

By Charlotte Hubbard Recently, as I put paint on my hands, jeans, shoes, dog and oh, occasionally a hive body, I thought of a question “newbees” often ask, “How do you decide what color to paint your hives?” After I