HIVE WORK

The guys worked on the bees yesterday afternoon. Beekeeper D says the queen is looking big and healthy.  Broods are good and no sign of sick bees.  The bees are still actively working the blue basil patches we have scattered throughout the front yard storing up their honey supply for the long winter.

Though Beekeeper D isn’t in need of such references (he’s still has his beekeeping book from 30 years ago!) for you newbies out there here’s a helpful resources

HIVE MANAGEMENT 101

GO BEEKEEPING

Comments(14)

  1. jason says:

    What’s the book that’s served the beekeeper so well for 30 years? We’re planning on adding bees to our mix and something so well used and filling would be a great resource.

  2. jason says:

    What’s the book that’s served the beekeeper so well for 30 years? We’re planning on adding bees to our mix and something so well used and filling would be a great resource.

  3. Susy says:

    Thanks for the list. Reading up on beekeeping is on my list of winter chores. I plan on getting a hive next spring.

  4. Susy says:

    Thanks for the list. Reading up on beekeeping is on my list of winter chores. I plan on getting a hive next spring.

  5. Susy says:

    I might also add that if you can find a local beekeeping club that’s a great source for information and supplies. We have a local tri-county club and they have special seminars, work days, buy as a group for discounts, etc. And you then have a network of people you can turn to for advice, this is perfect for a novice like me.

  6. Susy says:

    I might also add that if you can find a local beekeeping club that’s a great source for information and supplies. We have a local tri-county club and they have special seminars, work days, buy as a group for discounts, etc. And you then have a network of people you can turn to for advice, this is perfect for a novice like me.

  7. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much! I have been researching beekeeping lately and plan on taking a course from the local apiary association here in January. You all are the best. 🙂

  8. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much! I have been researching beekeeping lately and plan on taking a course from the local apiary association here in January. You all are the best. 🙂

  9. Kiewies says:

    Lovely picture! Where do you have your hive?

  10. Kiewies says:

    Lovely picture! Where do you have your hive?

  11. James says:

    Great to see the bees, and thanks for the links to the resources!

    If I might add a couple more:
    http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm
    http://bwrangler.com/

    Also, I’ve found out that trying to work with local beekeepers has been a problem. They are into half-killing their bees with mite treatments and generally not letting the bees do their own thing. They are not open to letting the bees be bees.

    This is my first year keeping bees, and I built my own top bar hives, and am planning on building 2 more.
    I really let the bees do what they do best, and just ensure the comb is on the bars so that they can be worked, and harvest a little honey when we need it.

    I encourage anyone with a backyard space for a hive to try it out. And the top bar hives are easy to build and inexpensive. Just the thing for someone who homesteads and is a bit handy with wood and tools!

  12. James says:

    Great to see the bees, and thanks for the links to the resources!

    If I might add a couple more:
    http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm
    http://bwrangler.com/

    Also, I’ve found out that trying to work with local beekeepers has been a problem. They are into half-killing their bees with mite treatments and generally not letting the bees do their own thing. They are not open to letting the bees be bees.

    This is my first year keeping bees, and I built my own top bar hives, and am planning on building 2 more.
    I really let the bees do what they do best, and just ensure the comb is on the bars so that they can be worked, and harvest a little honey when we need it.

    I encourage anyone with a backyard space for a hive to try it out. And the top bar hives are easy to build and inexpensive. Just the thing for someone who homesteads and is a bit handy with wood and tools!

  13. Laura-Jane - Whimfield says:

    Someday, we’ll have bees on our farm! For now, I just live vicariously through others!

  14. Laura-Jane - Whimfield says:

    Someday, we’ll have bees on our farm! For now, I just live vicariously through others!

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