Category: Kelley Beekeeping

How Do Honey Bees Survive the Winter?

How Do Honey Bees Survive the Winter?

Bees are fascinating little creatures. We’re aware of their presence as they fly around during spring and summer, but what happens to them when fall and winter come along? They’re not buzzing around, and they’re not hibernating, so how do honey

8 Different Ways to Protect Honey Bees

8 Different Ways to Protect Honey Bees

Everyone has heard about saving the bees, but why is it so important? Honey bees are vital to any environment and as such is a key part of the community. Bees are productive little workers, benefitting their own colonies as

How to Get Started with Beekeeping

How to Get Started with Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a growing passion, and every year, more and more people fall in love with nature’s best, buzziest little workers. However, there’s a lot to learn and do before you can begin. Check out these tips for how to get

Varroa Mites Monitoring and Control

Monitoring mites is on most beekeepers’ minds. So we’ve come up with a few simple ways to manage and monitor the varroa mite population in your hive. A screened bottom board is a great piece of equipment to have in your

All About Healthy Bees

“Okay, all you girls out to the landing board for wing-ups and pollen basket stretching! We are also going to groom well afterwards and dislodge these pesky Varroa mites.” Obviously we can’t put our bees through this regimen but there

Honey Harvesting Tools- Uncapping

Honey jars

As I walk out to the hives and see the boxes stacked; I start to get a little excited about what is to come. It’s honey harvesting time! When you’re ready to harvest, it’s a good idea to make sure

Everything You Need to Know About Raising Queens

If you’ve ever considered raising your own queens, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about how to raise queens yourself. We think that the next logical step for the serious beekeeper is to

Why Do I Need a Double Screen?

What is a double screen? A double screen is just what its name implies, two screens divided with a wooden frame in between. Double screens are useful for swarm prevention and creating a cell-building unit above a queen-right hive when

Bearding: are my bees going to swarm?

Summer is officially here and it’s HOT. If you’re noticing your bees all clustered on the front of the hive, you might have a few questions like, what are they doing? Are they going to swarm? Do I need to

Keeping the Swarm

Honey bee swarm in a tree

Capturing a swarm is more than half the fun; keeping it once you bring it home is another challenge. A customer wrote in saying they wish they had known more about how to catch and keep swarms, saying they have