Category: Kelley Beekeeping

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

Beginning Beekeeping – Hive Inspections & Diseases

dead bee with tongue sticking out

Attending local beekeeping meetings, I notice there is rarely any mention of honey bee diseases or mites. Many ailments affect the honey bee, but the highly infectious American Foulbrood is at the top of the list. AFB is an unknown

All About Wax Moths

We often get questions on wax moths…what a wax moth is, the damage they can cause, how to detect them and what to look for, and how to prevent and treat for them. Here is some basic, but important information

Thinking About Keeping Bees? Part 3: Preparing for Your Bees

This is the third article in our series, Thinking About Keeping Bees. Read Part 1 and Part 2 here. This month we’ll cover preparing the apiary and final preparation for your bees’ arrival. Preparing the Apiary We’re assuming you’ve got

How To Install Package Bees and Nucs

Package bees

It’s bee season! We get a lot of questions on the right way to install package bees or nucs, and whether you’re brand new or a seasoned veteran beekeeper, a refresher always comes in handy. We’ve also included a helpful

How to Install Bees from a Bee Bus

This year, our Purebred Russians will be arriving in a Bee Bus, learn how to install your bees with this helpful video from our friend Charles Linder. Check it out!

How Do I Prevent Swarms?

Honey bee swarm in a tree

There are two main types of swarms: overcrowding swarms and reproductive swarms. An overcrowding swarm happens when bees feel overcrowded in their space, they are more likely to swarm. A few main causes of an overcrowding swarm are: Problem: Nectar

Why Did my Bees Die?

Bee brood on frame

Too often the beekeeper will eagerly open up the hive after winter and to their dismay, discover their hive has died. It’s important to understand why your hive died in order to learn how you can effectively keep bees. Many

Feeding Protein to Enhance Brood Production

Bee Pro pollen patty on hive

The process of feeding pollen patties itself is simple, but determining if you need a pollen substitute and when to apply it can be a complicated process. The beekeeper must consider the colony size, weather and surrounding forage. The reason

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