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  • Spring Bee Keeping Inspection
    Spring Bee Keeping Inspection
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    Beekeeping Inspection Like any other culture, beekeeping also needs full care and checking from time to time. It is the responsibility of beekeeper to keep an eye on what should be done and at what specific time. It is important to keep oneself acquainted with the needs of the bees. Though the general idea is, first beekeeping inspection starts with spring, which isn’t true because bees do need constant vigilance in order to avoid your loss of the colonies. Every season comes with its...

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  • How To Know When To Harvest Honey From Your Beehives
    How To Know When To Harvest Honey From Your Beehives
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    Like every other crop beekeeping also needs to be harvested but unlike the other culture where we can easily figure out when to take out the harvest here, we find it bit difficult to know it out from outside. Therefore what indicators we should follow in order to know when is the correct time to take out the harvest. According to expertise, there are a couple of signs that we need to look forward to but the conditions and circumstances that we are relying on, may vary from place to place. A...

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  • Reasons for Colony Collapse Disorder
    Reasons for Colony Collapse Disorder
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    The fall of 2006 brought a new worry for the beekeepers with the new phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder. It was reported that a number of bees started disappearing mysteriously leaving behind just the queen bee and a few other young ones. Although, till now, no exact cause is found behind this unnatural behavior of the bee colonies, there are still few theories about them. Here are a few of the speculated reasons for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

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  • Step By Step Guide To Use A Bee Smoker
    Step By Step Guide To Use A Bee Smoker
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    If you are into beekeeping, you must have also heard about the bee smoker. When you talk about lighting a smoker, it is very much like starting a fire while camping. If you are not sure why people smokers in beekeeping, it is to calm the bees. Qualified beekeepers can tell you that bees are of compliant nature. But they can get defensive if they feel threatened. During those times, it becomes important to avert any possible attack.

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  • How To Clean Honey After Extraction?
    How To Clean Honey After Extraction?
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    If you love beekeeping, it is because either you love being around bees. Or like most of them out there, you love honey. It’s always exhilarating to see the jars filled with delicious honey coming from the bees. And yet many beekeepers dread the whole honey extraction. They mind it messy and troublesome. You will find a lot of advice online on how to extract the honey. But very few till about how to clean the extractor after you are done with the honey extraction.

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  • How long it takes bees to build honeycombs?
    How long it takes bees to build honeycombs?
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    If you are one of those rare species who don't know what a honeycomb is, let's begin with that.

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  • How Many Beehives You Can Manage Alone?
    How Many Beehives You Can Manage Alone?
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    If you are into beekeeping, you might be wondering about how many beehives you can manage. You might be confused about how much you can handle. When you are starting out in beekeeping, you might get carried away and bite off more than you can chew. There are various factors to be considered when you are getting yourself into beekeeping. You need to carefully assess your abilities and other elements before you make a decision.

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  • Do The Bees Hibernate In The Winter?
    Do The Bees Hibernate In The Winter?
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    Many bees and wasps go into hibernation when the cold months of the year arrive. In a lot of species of bees, only the queen manages to live through the winter. Then they come out in spring to rebuild a colony. However, honey bees are one of those that stay all through the winter. They do it regardless of the cold temperatures and lack of flowers. Not all bees act the same way. Some bees hibernate while some work hard to keep warm and fed. Honey bees and bumble bees belong to the same...

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  • How Long Does It Take To Get Honey From A New Hive?
    How Long Does It Take To Get Honey From A New Hive?
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    How Long Does It Take To Get Honey From A New Hive? If you are a new beekeeper, then you would surely be eager to taste some of the honey from your own beehives. It is natural for beekeepers to look forward to their first harvest. But before you decide to take away honey from a new hive, you must make sure that the colony has sufficient honey. This is why most beekeepers do not harvest honey from a new hive for the first year.

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  • Why Bees Leave Their Hives?
    Why Bees Leave Their Hives?
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    Why Bees Leave Their Hives? Many new beekeepers find it strange when part of the colony or an entire colony leaves the hive. Like everything else, there is reason behind this behavior. In a healthy colony, bees leave the hive to forage for nectar, to find water, or to cleanse their bodies of parasites or other materials. The drone bees often go on mating flights with the queen bee as well. But there are two other reasons why bees leave their hives – swarming and absconding. Let us...

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  • How Does Bee Become A Queen?
    How Does Bee Become A Queen?
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    Honeybees are a vital part of the food chain of this planet. They facilitate the pollination in a variety of plants and flowers. Indeed, honeybees are also important for some of the crops grown by the farmers. The bees have a very well-ordered social system, and the queen bee is the most important part of it.

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  • Honeybee Starvation
    Honeybee Starvation
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    You might not be aware of it, but honey bees also face the starvation problem. Honey bee starvation is a problem which is encountered by many bees and beekeepers. There are various reasons why bees might be starving. It may occur due to poor weather, infection, exhausting food reserves and more. While residential beekeepers lose more colonies in the winter, commercial beekeepers don't face much loss due to season. As a beekeeper, you should know when you need to feed the bees. It can be...

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