What Does Capped Brood Look Like?

What does capped brood look like? We have a look at the difference between capped brood and capped honey. It is important to be able to identify the differences between brood and honey cells in your beehive. When I was …

Queen Excluder Hole Size

A queen excluder is a sheet of material with holes in it. The holes allow workers, who are a little smaller, to get through, and the queen cannot. The queen excluder hole size is crucial to its functionality. In this …

Splitting A Hive To Prevent Swarming

In this article, we look at the practice of splitting a hive to prevent swarming. We often are confounded by working out how to stop bees from swarming. A simple swarm control split can stop the loss of swarms. It …

How Long Do Bees Live Without A Hive

In this article, we look at the rather fascinating question  “how long do bees live without a hive?”. We have all seen a sad lost bee stuck in a car window and released her. And she just buzzes around the …

When To Add Supers To Beehives?

Often as beekeepers, we ask the question: When to add supers to beehives? Adding supers to beehives is not as straightforward as it may seem. A beehive super is best added when conditions are right. When adding a honey super …

How Much Do Beehives Cost?

How much do beehives cost? This is like asking how much cars cost! In this article we look at the cost of beekeeping, the beehive price options – from a Rolls Royce beehive all the way down to the scrapyard …

Beehive Frames Without Foundation

In this article, we explore using beehive frames without foundation. Foundationless beekeeping refers to the method of using foundationless frames to keep bees. Bees build their own combs, to their own specifications in the frames. There are pros and cons …

Protecting Beehives From Bears

In this article, we look at how to protect beehives from bears. This starts with the simplest of steps – methods to keep bears away from the bees. Should these methods fail, we look at the second line of defense, …

Queen Cell Stages

In this article, we look at how bees initiate queen cell development and how the stages of queen cell development progress. The queen cell timeline starts with a freshly fertilized egg and ends with the emergence of a young virgin …

How To Raise Honey Bees For Profit

In this article, we look at how to raise honey bees for profit and how many bee hives to make a living. Beekeeping for profit is a complex subject because it involves an actual definition of what profit is. We …