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5 Ways to Fix a Package Queen that Failed

5 Ways to Fix a Package Queen that Failed

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

5 Ways to Fix a Package Queen that Failed

5 Ways to Fix a Package Queen that Failed

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.

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.