About the Author

Rusty Burlew

I'm a fifth-generation chicken keeper and the founder of the natural chicken keeping website Fresh Eggs Daily®. I am also an author, gardener and aspiring herbalist and live on a small hobby farm in Maine with my husband and an assorted flock of chickens and ducks, a German Shepherd, a Corgi and a barn cat. I'm a fifth-generation chicken keeper and the founder of the natural chicken keeping website Fresh Eggs Daily®. I am also an author, gardener and aspiring herbalist and live on a small hobby farm in Maine with my husband and an assorted flock of chickens and ducks, a German Shepherd, a Corgi and a barn cat. I'm a fifth-generation chicken keeper and the founder of the natural chicken keeping website Fresh Eggs Daily®. I am also an author, gardener and aspiring herbalist and live on a small hobby farm in Maine with my husband and an assorted flock of chickens and ducks, a German Shepherd, a Corgi and a barn cat. I'm a fifth-generation chicken keeper and the founder of the natural chicken keeping website Fresh Eggs Daily®. I am also an author, gardener and aspiring herbalist and live on a small hobby farm in Maine with my husband and an assorted flock of chickens and ducks, a German Shepherd, a Corgi and a barn cat.
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Articles by Rusty Burlew

What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
February 6, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Even before we open our first beehive, we are warned about pests that may live within. Small hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites are things we dread, so early in our training we learn how to deal with them. …

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What Bugs Your Bees in Summer? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
February 6, 2019 . · Health & Pests

While many creatures may choose a honey bee hive for its warmth and protection in winter, other animals are attracted to bee hives in summer. Most of these animals do …

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Keeping Both Mason Bees and Honey Bees
February 5, 2019 . · Plants & Pollination

Many people, especially those with fruit trees to pollinate, want to keep both mason bees and honey bees in the same yard. But is that good for the bees? Will they harm each other …

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15 Easy Beekeeping Projects for Winter
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

Just when you think winter will never end, you suddenly awaken to an azure sky. You hear sounds you haven’t heard in months: frogs, birds, kids. Without warning, honey bees …

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Movements of the Winter Bee Cluster
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

The honey bee cluster moves up in winter and down in summer. The downward movement is easiest to see in a feral colony built into a tree or a building. …

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How Do Honey Bees Survive the Winter Without Fresh Pollen?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

All during the foraging season, honey bees collect pollen and nectar. They use nectar for energy to keep going from day to day. Any extra nectar is turned into honey …

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What is Honey Bee Dysentery?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Beekeeping is rife with confusing terminology that can baffle even experienced beekeepers. Honey bee dysentery is a perfect example. In humans, dysentery is a contagious illness caused by bacteria that …

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How to Customize Your Hive With a Screened Inner Cover and Imirie Shim
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

Just as you can alter the entrance to your Langstroth beehive, you can also alter the top. Two pieces of optional equipment to consider are a screened inner cover and …

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Creating the Best Water Sources for Bees
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Like all animals, honey bees need a dependable source of water year round. The best water sources for bees are ones that won’t go dry in the summer, won’t drown …

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A Slatted Rack and Robbing Screen Can Improve Your Hive Entrance
February 1, 2019 . · Hives & Equipment

One of the best things about a Langstroth beehive is its adaptability. By using optional pieces of beehive equipment like a slatted rack and robbing screen, you can adapt your …

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