Our favorite beekeeping veil

Our favorite beekeeping veil

Choosing between beekeeping veils and suits is daunting, especially when trying to make a decision as a new beekeeper from a catalogue of equipment you have never seen or put your hands on. There are so many different options and prices, complicating the matter instead of making it easier. More options are not always better. We chose our favorite style and our least favorite style.

What is a Super?

What is a Super?

Super is short for superstructure, which refers to the boxes placed on a beehive for bees to store honey. Historically, a super was always medium, 6 5/8-inch tall box or a shallow 5 3/4-inch tall box. Both are traditionally referred to as supers, exclusive of the deep 9 5/8-inch box used on the bottom of the hive. 

Bees & Beekeepers: This Months Report

Bees & Beekeepers: This Months Report

Ever want to know what your bees are doing each month? Want to know what beekeepers are supposed to be doing each month to help their bees? Watch our monthly video or better yet, subscribe to our Bees & Beekeepers newsletter to get a more in depth glimpse into your bees each month. 

Foundation Cell Size and Cell Counts, Why it Matters

Foundation Cell Size and Cell Counts, Why it Matters

Many beekeepers use foundation to help the bees, but not all foundation is made the same. Cell sizes differ greatly among brands, as does amount of wax sprayed onto plastic foundation. Smaller cell sizes allow for more eggs to be laid by the queen, creating a more compact brood nest. 

How To Assemble Foundationless Frames

How To Assemble Foundationless Frames

Assembling foundationless frames can be very simple to do, but some best practices can be followed to increase the chance of success. We have tried several different ways, from wiring frames to breaking paint sticks in half. Read how we assemble our foundaitonless frames effeciently now. 

The Fastest Way to Build Bee Frames

The Fastest Way to Build Bee Frames

Showing you how to assembled 50 langstroth frames with foundation with only 25 seconds per frame. We used 1 1/4-inch long staples and Titebond 3 wood glue to assemble them. Each frame is fitted with our heavily waxed foundation with 2x as much beeswax as standard plastic foundation. 

How to Start Beekeeping: 10 or 8 Frame Hives

How to Start Beekeeping: 10 or 8 Frame Hives

As a beginner beekeeper, it is important to choose whether to use 8 frame bee equipment or 10 frame bee equipment before starting to keep bees. There are advantages and disadvantages to using both types, so read our blog to find out which is right for you. 

Why use Cypress for Beehives ?

Why use Cypress for Beehives ?

Pine is popular because it is inexpensive, grows quickly and is easy to cut. Cypress is popular as it grows slowly in wet areas, creating a denser wood with tight growth rings and increased durability. The tight rings and the naturally present preservative cypressene minimizes decay, allowing cypress bee hives to last longer than any beekeeper does. Even "new growth" cypress from todays trees carry the same natural preservatives as when cypress trees were first harvested. 

How to Start Beekeeping: Medium or Deep Boxes?

How to Start Beekeeping: Medium or Deep Boxes?

Starting to keep bees requires a lot of  upfront decision making, some are easy to change later than others. Choosing to use all medium boxes or a combination of deep, medium or shallow boxes is decisions that is harder to change later. If you use a combination of sizes, it is difficult to undue that decision and change to only medium boxes. 

Does Filtering or Straining Honey Remove Pollen From Honey?

Does Filtering or Straining Honey Remove Pollen From Honey?

The average pollen grain is 25 microns wide, much smaller than the smallest filter a non-commercial beekeeper will have.  Filters designed for straining honey for hobby beekeepers come in three sizes, 200 microns, 400 microns and 600 microns. These numbers represent the size of the tiny holes in each filter.

The Best and Cheapest Way to Feed Bees

The Best and Cheapest Way to Feed Bees

If you are going to feed your bees, it is tough to choose the right feeder. Boardman, internal, division board, baggie, and hive top feeders are a few options. We tried them all and found the best one and it's not any of them.

Organic Honey

Organic Honey

As of September 2015, honey cannot be certified organic by the USDA. Any certified honey sold in the United States is imported from other countries and certified organic by that country. A US beekeeper can have non-certified organic honey that is raised organically, but it is nearly impossible to actually produce. Read on to know why.

Keeping bees without gloves

Keeping bees without gloves

If a beekeeper can handle working sans gloves, it’s admirable to me. For those who use gloves, working bees without gloves is a great goal to work towards. If you don't know how to read your bees, work them without gloves and they will teach you.