5 Tips to Keep your Package Bees from Leaving

5 Tips to Keep your Package Bees from Leaving

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Packages or Nucleus Hives, Which is Better?

Packages or Nucleus Hives, Which is Better?

One of the major questions new beekeepers are faced with. Should I start with a nucleus hive or a package? It's a great question, because they are very different and advice on them abounds. We address the differences and come up with a conclusion to help you make your own conclusion.