Harsh winter weather stresses your bees. Keeping your local climate in mind, take these steps to winterize beehives and help your colonies survive until spring.
The honey bee life cycle is 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Learn about each stage to gain insights into your colony’s development and health.
A nectar dearth can occur any time that plants slow down production of their sugary, sweet liquid needed for making honey. Learn to recognize and deal with it.
Beekeepers at all levels of experience make mistakes. As a newbie though you’ll probably be more prone to some of them. Here’s a list to help you avoid some of them (including our own foul-ups).
To inspect a beehive, open it and carefully remove frames for visual examination. Inspections are best done midday in favorable weather conditions. Try to minimize the disruption to the bees’ activity. Among other things, inspections help assess the colony’s health and identify issues requiring remediation.
It’s spring and your new bees are ordered. Now you need to know how to install bees in a new hive. Here’s what to do with a nuc or bee package.
As with any new hobby, understanding some basic beekeeping terms can accelerate your learning process. Here are 12 you should know.