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Beekeeping

Organic Beekeeping Certification Standards

Whether you have one hive or a thousand, organic beekeeping requires that you adhere to certain standards, and follow specific rules and regulations in order to be certified as an organic operation. What is “Certified” Organic? What does it mean to be certified organic? It simply means that you are legally permitted to label your […]

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Missing Bees, Known as Colony Collapse Disorder

Missing bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder, is a problem that most people have heard of by now. The disappearance of honey bees around the world has been big news – and for good reason. For the past several years, honey bee deaths have been occurring at unprecedented rates. Large scale commercial beekeepers have suffered […]

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How Many Eggs Can a Queen Bee Lay?

How many eggs can a queen bee lay? by Khorshed (Dhaka, Bangladesh) How many eggs can a queen lay in her whole life? — Hi Khorshed, That’s a question that is difficult to answer with precision because there are many variables involved. But the short answer would be: A lot! According to most beekeeping reference […]

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Can The Bee Hive Get Too Hot?

Can the bee hive get too hot? by Mary Aldrich (Columbia Missouri) At the start of summer I saw the bees milling about on the front of the hive. Now they are more then one layer deep hanging out on the entire front of the hive and kind of dripping off the bottom. — Hi […]

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Bee Stings

Bee Stings! by Katherine (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) All my life I have suffered from allergic reactions to bee stings and last summer I was stung on two separate occasions and I did not react! I was puzzled as to why and I do believe it is because I have been using raw honey for years […]

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Buying Package Bees

I’ll need package bees to stock my new hive. In my opinion, using packaged bees is the best way to start your first hive. If you haven’t already read my page on buying bees and installing them, you might want to look through it so you’ll have a good understanding of the process. February 14: […]

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Installing Package Bees (It’s Really Not Hard!)

Time for installing package bees in my new hive. If you’re beginning beekeeping, package bees are a great way to stock your first hive. And installing them is easy, as you’ll see. Be Prepared! If you’re beginning beekeeping and just starting your first hive, having everything that you’ll need on-hand and ready will make the […]

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Preventing Wasps in Beehive

How to prevent wasps in beehives? by Jan Ray (Fredericksburg, Texas) I had a new colony of bees, went away for 5 days, came home to no bees and a wasp nest inside. What is a good way to prevent wasps from going in my hive? — Jan, Sorry you lost your bees. I hope […]