Packages is one way to buy bees when starting a new hive. While they have a lot of downfalls, they are a convenient and popular way to start out.
A thermal camera is indispensable when it comes to locating bees inside a wall or estimating a bee hives strength with minimal interference. They are what you need as a beekeeper to locate a feral colony inside a building or simply just check the strength and location of your winter clusters in your normal hives.
The queen bee delivered with package bees has a good chance of dying during the first year. I suspect 50%+ package queens die within a few months of being added, leaving the new beekeeper queenless in the worst possible time. If you are a beginner beekeeper or have several years of experience, there are options.
Package bees will often leave a hive soon after they are installed. Honeybees will quickly abandon their new beekeeper’s hive to take their chances somewhere else. It is hard to get them back, but there are a few tricks of the trade to keep it from happening again.
A gift guide for beekeepers with great gifts under $25 that work for beginner beekeepers and veterans alike. You can’t go wrong with any of these gifts if you are looking for a great present for your beekeeper.
Winter feeding is sometimes necessary, but sometimes it can do more harm than good. If you want to feed your bees during winter, it’s best to do it the right way.
Queen cups are very common in a beehive during the spring and summer. The bees build them in preparation for raising a new queen, but bees will build much more than they need. More often than not, the bees do not ever use them, but just build them just in case.
Bees can leave their hive seemingly for no reason, especially package bees. Only couple days after installing a package of bees into a hive, they can abandon it completely. It happens fairly often, especially with new beekeepers.
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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.
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.