Beekeeping

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. 

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. 

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.

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