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    Beekeeping

    5 Reasons To Raise Bees

    5 Reasons To Raise Bees

    Your gardens and orchard will yield much more if you have your own army of pollinators to fertilize plants and fruit trees. 

    See if these five reasons don’t get you thinking about having a hive or two of your own: 

    1. Beekeeping is not labor intensive

      Bees do not require daily care like animals. Plan to spend an hour or two per week for honeybees and about a couple of hours per year for solitary bees, says Jay Williams, owner of Williams Honey Farm in Franklin, Tenn. 

    2. Bees are not picky about where they live

      Bees are equally at home in the city or the country. If you live in an area that produces flowering plants, shrubs, and trees, you can keep bees. 

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    How Do You Start Beekeeping?

    How Do You Start Beekeeping?

    Thinking about becoming a beekeeper but you're not sure where to start. The easiest way to begin beekeeping is to purchase our Just Add Bee Backyard Beekeeper Kit. It has everything you need to start.

    The items that you will need to start beekeeping are:

    Bee Hive" Category

    (1) Entrance Reducer
    (2) Wasatch Flat Hive Top
    (1) Inner Cover

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    Winter Beekeeping

    Most experts will tell you that the beekeeping year begins in the fall. Summer is over. Fall is cooling down and the bees are moving around less. Now is the time to begin preparation for your winter beekeeping.

     

    Inspect your hives when the weather starts to cool and make sure that your bees have enough honey stored to make it through the winter. Make sure you do this before the temperature drops below 65°F. They will need at least 60-70 lbs. for a medium-sized hive. More is definitely better. Lift the hive to get an estimate of the weight. Be sure you can see...

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    Honey Bee Unboxing

    Each 3 lb. box of bees contains 10,000-12,000 live honey bees, including 1 mated queen! Watch Jason from Harvest Lane Honey unbox and install these bees!

     


    A Beekeeper's Calendar

    The way that you care for your hive during the year will vary slightly depending on the season. This beekeeper’s calendar offers some general guidelines for what you should be doing when.


    Beekeeping January

    JANUARY

    During winter, your bees will tend to collect into a tight ball to maintain the warmth they need to survive. You should monitor their stores and feed them as necessary.

    Beekeeping February

    February

    Toward the end of the month, the queen will be stimulated to start egg laying. The colony will need to raise the temperature for the new pupae, and they do this by consuming more food. With food stores probably already low and still no nectar coming in, you should be especially vigilant about feeding. That said, the queen won’t start laying eggs if it’s still too cold outside; check the hive only if outside temperatures are above 55°F.

    Beekeeping March

    March

    With weather warming and early pollen being brought in, bees will begin feeding protein to older larvae and young bees. You should be watching the main food stores during this time. Toward the end of the month, you’ll want to light your smoker and delve into the brood chamber for your first inspection of the year. Check for damaged frames and signs of water

    in the hive, and check the brood pattern and larva for diseases. Again, you should only begin your inspections when outside temperatures reach 55°F.

    Beekeeping April

    April

    Spring is a busy time for bees as temperatures rise. Drones leave the hive with their drone congregation, the queen increases her egg-laying to around 1,000 a day, and the adult population rises to approximately 30,000 to 40,000. Depending on region, you may need to give your growing colony more room by adding an extra box. You should inspect your colony about every 10 days.

    Beekeeping May

    May

    With nectar starting to flow from fruit trees, the queen gets an extra boost in
    her egg-laying prowess. Consequently, by about the middle of the month, you should expect to see the brood chamber full of brood and honey stores. This also may
    be the time you see a supersedure within your hive, as a new queen is grown and
    a portion of the colony splits off with the original queen to create a new hive.

    Beekeeping June

    June

    If your colony has experienced a supersedure, your bees have a lot of additional work to do with a virgin queen in a caste to ensure the colony grows

    to a sufficient size to gather stores to survive the winter. As the main colony settles down, the remaining bees give their attention to the main honey flow. Summertime is “all systems go” for the collection of pollen and nectar, as well as for the production of honey.

    Beekeeping Supplies Store Locator

    Use the map below to find stores that carry beekeeping supplies.