Category Archives for Beekeeping for Beginners

Will bees swarm without a queen?

Swarms are natures way for honey bees to reproduce and expand. If the season is good and a beehive’s population has grown, a single colony can become overcrowded. So much so that bees start to have difficulty understanding whether or not there’s a healthy laying queen in the hive. So the queen decides to find […]

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The Three Different Types of Honey Bees in a Hive

​You won’t find many male bees in a beehive, and the few you do find just lounge around the hive and don’t do any work! The majority of bees in a hive are female, and not surprisingly, they do all the hard labour. A honey bee colony is an amazingly organized society. We call this […]

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Where and How to Buy Honey Bees

​So you’re ready to start your beekeeping adventure? You’ve read the books, you’ve attended some beekeeping lessons, and you’ve got all your fantastic equipment. Now you want to know how to buy your honey bees. There are a few different ways to obtain bees. Each has their advantages and drawbacks. But the good news is, […]

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Installing Package Bees in a New Hive

​If you’ve never installed a package of bees in a hive before then it’s useful to become familiar with the methods available to you before the arrival of your new family of bees. Installation is quick and easy, but different beekeepers have slightly different ways of doing this. I thought I’d take a look at […]

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What are the Different Parts of a Beehive?

​Modern beehives make the beekeepers job easier. There are a number of different types available, but they all work on the same principle. Hives are designed to allow us to raise bees for the production of honey and for pollination purposes, in a non-destructive manner. Mostly constructed from wood, they literally include hundreds of different […]

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The Benefits of Keeping Bees

​If you haven’t paid much attention to bees before, you may only see them as a nuisance during your summer barbecues. But keeping bees can offer a number of benefits. So what are the benefits of keeping bees? Are you debating whether beekeeping is a hobby you want to get into or not? Here are 14 benefits […]

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How to Stop Robbing Bees

​A busy bee is a happy bee! When worker bees are out foraging they are pretty single minded – they want food! When nectar is flowing nicely then honey bees are satisfied. But at certain times, food is hard to find. In this kind of situation you can end up with bees robbing other colonies. […]

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What makes Honeycomb Dark?

​OK… So you’ve been inspecting your beehive frames for a while now, and you can’t help noticing that frames with brood cells look darker in places. After a while, and certainly after your first season of beekeeping, you’ll see that some cells become dark. With time they may be almost black in color. There can […]

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How to Paint and Protect Beehives

​Once your beehive is full of honey bees it gets pretty tricky to paint it! So painting beehives is something you need to consider before you set up and install them. It’s the kind of thing a new beekeeper can easily overlook, and you need to plan ahead and allow enough preparation time. I don’t […]

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