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Beekeeper’s Forecast: Swarm and Honey?

Beekeeper's Forecast: Swarm and Honey?Articles

Without a doubt, warm and sunny weather is ideal for maximizing bee populations and honey flows – but it’s also ideal for swarms! While most beekeeper’s hope for what I call “Swarm & Honey” weather during the peak honey flow, preventing swarms is the best way to maximize your honey production.

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The Bee Beard Experience

The Bee Beard ExperienceArticles

Wearing a beard of bees or “bee bearding” is a beekeeping amusement that goes back at least a couple hundred of years. Even non-beekeepers test their nerves and give it a try – just for the buzz.

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Bear in the Beeyard!

Bear in the Beeyard!Articles

Bears love honeybees… but not in a good way. Anyone who’s seen the aftermath of a beeyard bear attack knows all too well the destructive force of these big brutes. But can you blame them? After all, a beehive makes the perfect meal for a hungry bear.

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The Pollinator

The PollinatorArticles

Yeah, I know. The bees are technically the “pollinators” but… In the past few years, the plight of the honeybee has captured headlines around the world. Maybe that’s why you’re reading this right now instead of alphabetizing that lint collection.

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Beekeepers do it with their Honey

Beekeepers do it with their HoneyBeekeeping Cartoons

Honey is the golden payoff for months of hard work – by both the honeybees and the beekeeper. Once the bees have capped off the combs, it’s time for the beekeeper to get to the task of extracting the honey from the frames, straining it to remove bits of wax and bottling it to sell […]

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Urban Beekeepers to the Rescue

Urban Beekeepers to the RescueArticles

Hurricane Irene had diminished to a tropical storm by the time she made landfall in New York City on August 28th, 2011, but she still packed a wallop that will be remembered for a long time. I have to admit I was totally caught by surprise when one of the top news stories of the […]

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Honeybees feed Yous & Mees

Honeybees feed Yous & MeesArticles

It’s been five years since the phenomena now known as Colony Collapse Disorder was reported by a Pennsylvania beekeeper overwintering bees in Florida. One positive result of the media attention that swirled around CCD has been the heightened awareness by the general public that honeybees are a vital part of our food chain.

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Put Your Honey Where Your Mouth Is!

Put Your Honey Where Your Mouth Is!Articles

I like honey because it tastes so good and my “girls” usually come through for me each summer to support my habit. In tea, on toast, as a glaze on chicken or pork, you name it – I’ll eat it.

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Up on the Roof

Up on the RoofArticles

“Up on the Roof” was a big hit for The Drifters in 1962 and it’s the earworm that pops into my head whenever I see pictures of rooftop beekeepers doing their thing. But it’s not really an earworm because it’s a catchy little tune that carries me into that zen-type beekeeping place in my mind […]

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Christmas Eve in the Hive

Christmas Eve in the HiveArticles

T’was the night before Christmas, and … naaaah, I’m not going down that road. Sometimes, you know, your mind just takes off in some stupid direction and you can’t fight it. Well, you can, but I think it’s more fun to just buckle yourself in and go along for the ride.

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