Posts Categorized: Basic Beekeeping

Using Pollen Traps, and Processing Pollen Samples

https://beeinformed.org/2013/12/05/final-using-pollen-traps-and-processing-pollen-samples/

Installing pollen traps onto your honey bee colonies can provide many benefits.  First off, you can harvest the pollen granules from a hive for human consumption.  Bee pollen is marketed as a “Nutrient Rich Superfood,” and is sold at various health stores.  While there has not been much research into the potential benefits of taking bee pollen…

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Last Minute Winter Prep

https://beeinformed.org/2013/12/03/last-minute-winter-prep/

As in the courageous worker ant from the fable, we beekeepers know that winter requires preparation starting in the summer. Bees spend their whole year building strong stores to allow a small fraction of their pairs to cluster around the queen all winter long and launch the colony as soon as possible in the following…

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The Basics of Moving Hives

https://beeinformed.org/2013/11/12/the-basics-of-moving-hives/

At some point every beekeeper will need to move hives, whether it’s a beginning hobbyist bringing home their first colony or a seasoned professional moving an entire operation across the country. Here at the NorCal Bee Informed Partnership “headquarters” in Oroville, we recently relocated 4 rooftop colonies about a half mile away because some of…

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Why your drones are getting the boot

https://beeinformed.org/2013/11/08/why-your-drones-are-getting-the-boot/

Drones, male bees, are not physically capable of doing work around the hive. They can’t sting, can’t collect pollen or nectar, can’t take care of the larvae, etc. They pretty much do only two things: eat and mate. Queens are produced when the weather is nice enough for them to mate, preferably over 70 and…

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Hive Assessments and Taking Notes

https://beeinformed.org/2013/08/14/hive-assessments-and-taking-notes/

The purpose of a hive assessment is give you a idea of what is going on in the colony and to see if you need to do any type of management. Taking notes on the results of the hive assessments helps you remember what the colony looked like on a specific date. I gave a…

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Solar wax melter made even easier…

https://beeinformed.org/2013/07/29/solar-wax-melter-made-even-easier/

It is hot, oppressively hot.  At this time of year in Maryland, no one wants to work in the colonies and the bees don’t really want you in there either – they make that perfectly clear.  Most beekeepers have extracted some honey by now and may have a stockpile of wax lying about.  It is…

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Keeping Records 2

https://beeinformed.org/2013/07/19/keeping-records-2/

You have read my last blog on “why bother to keep records while beekeeping” and you’re convinced. You want to keep records. That’s the attitude! So, how do you keep – good, detailed, relevant, informative, not-too-much-of-a-hassle – record? Short answer: the way you want. Longer answer: You have to pick the method that speaks to…

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Keeping Records

https://beeinformed.org/2013/07/12/keeping-records/

Every beekeeper is a citizen scientist. Have you noticed how in a beekeeping meeting everyone is sharing tips, experience, and advice? We are all comparing our practices, our successes, our failures. We want to hear about other people mistakes (and learn from them). We want to try their recommendations for ourselves. When taking my beekeeping…

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Preparing frames for foundation

https://beeinformed.org/2013/01/22/preparing-frames-for-foundation/

In the next few months beekeepers all over the country will start to inspect hives if they haven’t already. Some pests can be destructive over the fall and winter months. There are two common pests that cause damage during this time, mice and wax moths. Both pests cost beekeepers valuable time in fixing the problem…

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