Content tagged "basic beekeeping techniques"

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Bee Health Updated: September 02, 2014

This online video walks you through one year of managing honey bee colonies.

Wooden Components of a Modern Bee Hive

Bee Health Updated: August 27, 2014

Traditional hive parts are made from wood. The design and dimension of hive parts are based on the concept of bee space. Bee space was first recognized and...

Dividing a Colony

Bee Health Updated: February 03, 2011

Why Divide? The most common reasons for dividing a colony are swarm prevention and the need to increase colony numbers. A strong colony can be divided into...

Beekeeping Protective Gear

Bee Health Updated: March 22, 2010

Some beekeepers wear as much protective gear as possible to reduce the number of stings they receive. Others wear very little protection and do not worry...

Moving a Colony

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

On occasion, you may need to move a honeybee colony. The move may be small, such as to another location in your apiary. Or it may cover a greater distance,...

Queen Marking and Requeening

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

We feel that the advantages of marking the queen outweigh the disadvantages. A queen marked with bright colored paint is easier to find. You know the marked...

Collecting a Swarm

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

What is a swarm? Swarming is the natural mode of reproduction for a honey bee colony in spring. Swarming is induced as bees increase their population size...

Starting a Colony

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

There are several methods to acquire bees, including buying an existing colony, starting from a small “nucleus” colony purchased from another beekeeper,...

Inspecting a Colony

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

To inspect a colony you must open it up and look inside (See Working with a Bee Colony). Once inside, pry the outside frame of the brood chamber...

Hardware and Tools for Beekeeping

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

There are two types of metal hive tools used to pry apart hive parts that bees regularly glue together. The traditional hive tool resembles a prybar with a...

Removing Surplus Honey

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

The bees will fill the combs and cap the honey when they have cured it to approximately 18 percent or less water. Some of the frames of honey may not be...

Working with a Bee Colony

Bee Health Updated: March 19, 2010

Before entering the apiary, suit up in appropriate attire. If not wearing a bee suit (Beekeeping Protective Gear), dress in light-colored, cotton or rip-stop...

Smoker Maintenance

Bee Health Updated: January 15, 2010

This shows the necessary maintenance needed to keep a smoker operating efficiently. 1. Do you remember how well your smoker worked when you first bought it?...

Wrapping a Colony for a Northern Winter

Bee Health Updated: January 15, 2010

Insulating colonies for winter can be worth the cost and effort in cold climates by insreasing winter survival. Here is one method to prepare colonies for...

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