October 22, 2019

Is Your Honey Bucket Food-safe?

by Randal Carr, Greenville It is a common practice to obtain a honey gate and install it in a 5-gallon plastic bucket for honey storage and bottling. The money savings alone can make the extra effort worth your time. However, not all buckets you find in hardware stores are food-safe. Two of the most important considerations that affect safety are whether the bucket contains recycled … [Read more...]

Home Made Queen Marking Tube

Though this guy seems to have more shop tools than many have at their disposal, it is a nifty idea.   Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]

Remember That Swarm Trap?

Remember that great contraption you built in the hopes of catching and hiving a swarm? Well, make sure you check it carefully from time to time for inhabitants! Jacky discovered unexpected contents in his mentoree’s swarm trap which had been left out over the winter. Apparently, the beekeeper’s swarm had indeed moved in sometime last season, but its activity was never noticed. Not … [Read more...]

Open Feeding Pollen Substitute for Honey Bees

Erin MacGregor-Forbes of Overland Apiaries describes open feeding of honeybees after the flow has shut off for the season. Especially useful in urban areas where you don't want your bees bothering the neighbors. Includes recipe for Open Feeding Pollen Substitute for Honey Bees. … [Read more...]

Sugar Candy and Syrup Recipes (for feeding bees)

Feeding with Sugar Candy or Dry Sugar Hard Candy Hard candy is a very good way to feed bees without overly stimulating brood production, but it takes some preparation. Here are two recipes: Microwave Candy Recipe (feeds 1 or 2 colonies) 1. In a one quart ( or larger) microwave dish, mix thoroughly one and a half cups  granulated sugar and one-half cup light corn syrup ( 3:1 ratio). … [Read more...]

Getting Started with Beekeeping

Join your local Bee Club Go to "Bee School" (be sure to as at your local bee club who the best instructors for your style of beekeeping will be) Find a mentor Order bees Order equipment Have fun     … [Read more...]