bee-colony

Let’s Talk About Losing Bees

Like many beekeepers, we lost bees this winter. New packages failed to build up in a normal way last summer and were unusually slow to build comb and put away stores into fall. In September, aggressive yellow jacket predation weakened them further leaving them unable to carry themselves through the cold.

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Propolis: Bee Glue that Heals

Honeybee propolis is a brown or reddish resinous substance made by bees to protect the hive against animal and bacterial invaders. The word “propolis” is a compound of the Greek words “pro” and “polis” and translates to, “Before the city.” Bees use propolis as a building material to fill gaps and crevices, varnish combs and shape entrances, sometimes creating fantastic gobs that supposedly aid ventilation in the hive.

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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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Questions to Ask When Starting a Bee Colony
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

Backyard beekeeping is gaining popularity as more people want to help bees and other pollinators survive. But starting a bee colony is not as easy as just putting a hive …

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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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Fascinating Queen Bee Facts for Today’s Beekeeper

By Josh Vaisman – Queen bees are fascinating and sophisticated creatures. Before starting your honey bee farm, there are some queen bee facts you must know in order to be a …

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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue! Varroa mites have been in the United States since the late 1980s and are considered a universal …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

Being a good beekeeping neighbor is something all backyard beekeepers should be concerned about. When we started talking about keeping bees we knew we’d have to be careful since our …

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