Tag: bees

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 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

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, www.lonestarfarms.net, 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

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