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A beekeeper’s winter “to do” list

No, you cannot sit back and relax. Now is the time to get ready for next bee season! And bee-lieve me, there is plenty to do. Here are some suggestions based on my own plans. Clean, repair, and paint honey supers. Although you’ve got lots of equipment in the field, your honey supers are probably […] Read more

Entrance reducers can annoy your honey bees

An entrance reducer is simply a barrier placed at the entrance to a beehive that reducers the size of the opening. They are usually made of wood, but can also be made from metal or plastic. Many entrance reducers—especially the wooden ones—give you a choice of two entrance sizes. Others have just one size. Some […] Read more

Autumn: the time for harvesting propolis

Autumn is prime propolis-harvesting time for many folks. Propolis has many uses and it can frequently be sold to companies who manufacture medicinal herbs and natural remedies. If you are interested in harvesting propolis, it helps to have a contraption called a propolis trap. This re-usable, inexpensive object is nothing more than a plastic grid […] Read more