Good to be Queen: ISU student from Clermont finds sweet profit in beekeeping - Gabrielle Hemesath caught the beekeeping bug at an early age when she went to work with a commercial beekeeping operation.

Good to be Queen: ISU student from Clermont finds sweet profit in beekeeping : Business Monthly

Packages or Nucs — Which is a Better Start? "So, to recap the pros and cons of package bees: (1) they cost less than a nuc (2) you’ll get them earlier in the spring. The cons are (1) they might not accept the hive you put them in (2) you need to feed (3) they have nothing started yet."

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2 Ways to Split a Bee Colony - Expand your urban hive and give your bees some growing room with these two splitting methods.

2 Ways to Split a Bee Colony - Urban Farm Online

Making Beeswax Candles - simple and effective tutorial perfect for preparedness.

Making Beeswax Candles

A Frugal Beekeeping Tip! This is a really good one! I wish I had read this before I bought my full bee suit!

A Frugal Beekeeping Tip! - Green Eggs & Goats

The bee tree - A highway expansion and relocation caused the homeowner to learn that… this tree was a bee tree. [Removing a nest from a difficult to access spot.]

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MeadowBlazingStar Honey - Blog by an apiarist in Des Moines, IA.

MeadowBlazingStar Honey

Twice a year, one of the oldest and most dangerous traditions takes place in central Nepal. The Gurung tribe go on a challenging (to say the least) hunt for honey. Photographer Andrew Newey accompanied the tribe on their expedition and says of his time: ‘High in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal, Gurung honey hunters […]

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In the Beeyard: Final Winter Preparations - Over the years we have tried a few different methods of preparing the hives for winter. This past winter we only lost 1 out of our 12 hives. The remaining 11 hives were so strong coming out of winter that we were able to create an additional 2 full hives, and 5 nucleus colonies. Here is how we go about winterizing our beehives.

In the Beeyard: Final Winter Preparations

Types of Beehives - Langstroth Versus Top-Bar and Warré Hives Which Type is Right for You?

Types of Beehives - Langstroth Versus Top-Bar Hives

Transparent Hive - Top-bar observation hive. (See also:

Transparent Hive

The Backwards Beekeeping FAK (Frequently Asked of Kirkobeeo)

The Backwards Beekeeping FAK (Frequently Asked of Kirkobeeo)

Trap-out, illustrated - Heres a great step-by-step look at a trap-out, from a job that Kirk and Sebastian did today. In this example, the bees are living in the wall of a house. Step 1: Seal all the available bee entrances/exits (except for a single small one) with caulk. Step 2: Install a one-way bee escape (the bees can get out, but not back in) over the remaining hole leading to the hive. Step 3: Install a bracket to hold a nuc box. Step 4: Place the nuc box with the entrance...

Trap-out, illustrated.

Trapping Bees out of a tree, without cutting the tree down - Here's is the BIG TRICK; inside this Nuc box, is 4 brood frames that are FOUNDATION ONLY. The remaining 5th frame is a frame of brood, placed in the center of the Nuc, with another Queen on this brood frame. The bees come out of the tree, can't get back through the Cone, find that there is ANOTHER Queen inside this new box that needs help raising all this new found brood. These newly trapped workers then kick into gear INSTINCTIVEL...

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200 Top-Bar Hives: The Low-Cost Sustainable Way [book]

200 Top-Bar Hives: The Low-Cost Sustainable Way

The Barefoot Beekeeper - natural beekeeping using low-cost, low impact top bar hives

practical, natural beekeeping

For the Love of Bees - Les Crowder's website. [Top Bar]

Beekeeping The Way Nature Intended - Home

Sam Comfort Inspects A Warre Nuc - At the Treatment Free Beekeepers Conference, one of the hive styles Sam Comfort from Anarchy Apiaries talked about was the Warre hive.  A Warre hive is a vertical top bar hive. This hive is shaped like a box and when you want to add another super on you nadir it or put it underneath the existing hive (as opposed to the Langstroth where boxes go on top).  The bees build the comb down into the next box as needed.  When you want to harvest honey from this hive...

Sam Comfort Inspects A Warre Nuc - Beverly Bees

Top Bar Hives With Les Crowder - At the Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference, Les Crowder gave a talk on top bar hives.  Les has been keeping bees for over 30 years.  He used to work in commercial beekeeping using Langstroth hives before switching to the top bars he uses now. He has also used top bars for pollination.  Les spent five years as the New Mexico Honeybee Inspector and as the President of the New Mexico Beekeepers Association.  He is a natural treatment free beekeeper...

Top Bar Hives With Les Crowder - Beverly Bees

Top Bar Hive Inspection With Sam Comfort - Sam Comfort brought a few of his top bar hives and modified Warre or box style hives to the 2012 Northeast Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference in Leominster, MA.  Below is a picture of some of Sam’s hives in the field. Lucky me! At the end of the conference one of the top bars ended up coming home to my apiary.

Top Bar Hive Inspection With Sam Comfort - Beverly Bees

My Top-bar Hive’s Design - Part of the fun of starting beekeeping in top-bar hives was designing my own. Unlike Langstroth hives, there is no standard top-bar hive. I looked at the top-bar hives on the web, and came up with the features that I wanted to include. [Inc. SketchUp plans. -UDG]

My Top-bar Hive’s Design

A Modified Kenyan Top Bar Hive (KTBH), the CalKenyan (Kenyan hive adapted for California).

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How To Build A Top Bar Hive By Philip Chandler (Free eBook) REVISED MARCH 2011. - Fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to building a top bar hive, using simple tools and only basic woodworking skills. Top bar beekeeping is becoming popular with gardeners, homesteaders, smallholders and backyarders due to its simplicity and ease of management. Very little is needed except a hive and this guide will help you build one.

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Observation Hives - I have learned much more from them in a year than many years of keeping bees in a hive. Having one, in addition to your hives, gives you an idea what is happening outside in the other hives. You can see if pollen is coming in, if nectar is coming in, if robbing is happening etc. You can watch them raise a queen. Watch how it acts while she is mating, watch them swarm. You can count days or hours on capping times, post capping times etc.

Bush Bees, Observation hives