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. 

Sugar Syrup for Bees

Sugar Syrup for Bees

Make sugar syrup for your bees using these easy recipes for 1 gallon or 5 gallons at a time. This guide is for making thin, 1:1 sugar syrup quickly and easily without a mess. Find out how much sugar to feed your bees to equal 1 frame of capped "honey".

When you have a 2 or more hives to feed, we find it easier to make about 5 gallons of syrup at a time, rather than 1 gallon at a time. To do this, we measured out the fill marks on the inside of 2 (5-gallon) buckets. Each bucket has a fill line for the water and a separate fill line for the sugar. 

Sugar Syrup Math for Beekeepers

Sugar Syrup Math for Beekeepers

Making sugar syrup for your bees can be confusing, especially for new beekeepers. We spell out the recipes needed to make thin 1:1 syrup and thick 2:1 syrup. We give you a chart to figure out how much sugar syrup you need to feed your bees in the fall and how much it will cost you to make it.

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.

10 Topics to Expect on This Blog

10 Topics to Expect on This Blog

10 topics to expect on our blog from top bar hives to bee hive scale data.

Making the most of your time is important to me, so conciseness and on-topic information is my goal. Here are some of the topics you should expect:

  1. Information about current events affecting honeybees
  2. Top bar hive and Langstroth hive management techniques