• Beekeeping

    Feeding Pollen Patties to Bees

    While we would like for our bees to be able to feed themselves exclusively through foraging, there are times when a beekeeper must step in to feed their colonies. When necessary, beekeepers will feed their bees either pollen patties or sugar syrup.   Feeding bees can mean the difference between a strong colony and one that is struggling to survive.  Of course, there is a correct way to feed bees.  Knowing when to feed pollen patties to bees is essential.   What are Pollen Patties? Pollen patties are a type of bee food that is made to simulate pollen. Pollen patties do not usually contain real pollen.  Instead, they are a mixture…

  • Beehives

    How Does a Flow Hive© Work?

    Beekeeping has been the same for very many years.  That is, until the Flow Hive entered the market.  The Flow Hive is best known for being able to drain honey from a tap straight from the hive. Since then, there have been a lot of questions about the Flow Hive.  Common questions are How does a Flow Hive work?  Is the Flow Hive good for bees?  How much does a Flow Hive cost?  This article will answer a few of the basic questions about the Flow Hive.   Images remain the copyright property of Flow® and are reproduced here with their permission. What is a Flow Hive©? Created in Australia by…

  • Solitary Bees

    How to Attract Bees to a Bee House

    Spring is almost here, so that means that if you haven’t yet, it’s time to plan your garden.  Whether you plant fruits and vegetables, or just flowers, it’s beneficial to have a bee house.   Bee houses are not the same as beehives.  While beehives house honey bees for the purpose of collecting honey, bee houses are for solitary bees.  Solitary bees do not make honey, but are excellent pollinators.  Some people buy mason or leafcutter bee cocoons for their bee houses.  Others set up the house and wait for the bees to come on their own.  Read on to learn how to attract bees to a bee house.   Disclosure: As…

  • Beekeeping

    Seasonal Management of Honey Bees

    For beekeepers, each season brings new tasks in regards to management of their beehives.  Depending on the season, honey bees have different needs. The exact timing of the season will vary depending on your location.  Some beekeepers like to divide their seasons up into periods instead.  Those periods are the dearth period, build up period, honey flow period, and harvesting period.  Either way, each season, or period of your hive, have different management methods to help your colony thrive year round.  Seasonal Management of Honey Bees Spring Spring can also be known as the build up period.  This is when plants are starting to open up and flower.  Spring is…

  • Beehives

    8 Frame Langstroth Hive Dimensions

    While 10 frame Langstroth hives are seen as more “standard”, I noticed that many beekeepers are opting for 8 frame hives lately. And that’s no surprise. There are many benefits to 8 frame Langstroth hives. Benefits of 8 Frame Langstroth Hives Weight By far, the biggest benefit of using an 8 frame Langstroth hive is the weight. A super full of honey is quite heavy, and don’t forget that you’ll be lifting the super from the top of other boxes.  Using an 8 frame hive instead of a 10 frame significantly reduces the weight of the box, making honey harvesting much more manageable.   For example, an 8 frame shallow super…

  • Solitary Bees

    How to Raise Native Bees

    Learning how to raise native bees is a great spring or summer activity that the whole family can enjoy.  It’s so fascinating to see the bees flying to and from their bee house.   Not only does raising native bees help to increase their declining population, it is also beneficial to you.  Native bees, such as mason bees and leafcutter bees are excellent pollinators. Add a bee house to your garden to see an increase in your harvest.  Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. What are Native Bees? When you think of a…

  • Beekeeping,  Getting Started

    The Best Time to Start a Beehive

    The weather is finally starting to get a little warmer as spring approaches. For beekeepers, this is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming season. For a bee colony to flourish, you want to get started at the right time. So, what is the best time to start a beehive? Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you and helps to keep this website running. Why it’s Important to Start a Beehive on Time If you start too early, and the weather is too cold, the bees will be unable to forage for food. Starting a beehive in winter is…

  • Beehives,  Reviews

    10 Best Complete Bee Hives For Sale in 2021

    Are you interested in beekeeping?  Who wouldn’t be? Beekeeping is fun, educational, and it is beneficial to our ecosystem.  To be a successful beekeeper there are a few things you must have. The most important thing is the bee hive.  This article will discuss and compare the top complete bee hives for sale, so you can choose the best one for you.  What To Look For in a Complete Bee Hive Type of Beehive  The first thing you need to consider when choosing a complete bee hive for sale is the type of hive.  The 3 main types of bee hives are the Langstroth Hive, the Top Bar Hive, and…

  • Bees,  Honey

    How Much Honey do Bees Need to Survive Winter?

    Winter can be a challenging time for bees and for beekeepers. There are no flowers for bees to forage from, and beekeepers are limited to minimal hive inspections.  Luckily, bees spend all year preparing by storing honey.  For beekeepers, it is important to know how much honey bees need to survive the winter.  What do Bees do in the Winter? While some people think that bees hibernate in the winter, that is not true. Instead, bees focus on staying warm. Bees are cold blooded, so it is important for them to maintain a warm temperature within their hive.  To do so, they form what is called a winter cluster.   Winter…

  • Beekeeping Supplies

    The Best Beekeeping Gadgets

    Beekeeping has been around for a very long time, and since the Langstroth hive was invented in 1851, the basics have remained the same.  That being said, there have also been some really cool and really useful beekeeping gadgets that have come out recently.   These tools can make beekeeping more enjoyable, easier, and even more profitable.  So, let’s take a look at the best beekeeping gadgets that have come out recently.   Best Beekeeping Gadgets See below for a few of the best beekeeping gadgets available today. Thermal Camera A thermal camera can be especially helpful for beekeepers who live in cold climates.  In the winter, you don’t want to open…