First year

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. 

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. 

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 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.