Category Archives: Tips & Techniques

Preparing Your Hives For Fall and Winter

Winter preparation for your bee hives will vary depending on your location. What I’m about to write is how I prepare for my Winter months for my general location in the Silicon Valley. 1) For the cold, frosty, and wet … Continue reading

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Combining Hives

There are many methods today on how to combine two or more colonies but the one I use that’s quick and have a high success rate is by mixing a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water plus a three to … Continue reading

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Too Late to Start a Hive?

A lot of people believe it is too late to start beekeeping at this time of the year. So is it really too late to start a bee hive? Yes, it is too late if you start with a package … Continue reading

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Bees Bearding In Hot Weather

It is 90 degrees out there today and the bees are hot. The bees are all bearding outside of the hive fanning trying to cool down the hive. If your bees get much afternoon sun you might want to give … Continue reading

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To Feed or Not To Feed

As my mentor list grows I am always asked about feeding the bees, when should we feed, for how long, etc. I have always planned on writing something about feeding or not feeding but someone beat me to it online … Continue reading

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California Bloom Dates

All beekeepers should know their bloom dates. Here’s a list found on NASA’s database on the forage, nectar and pollen, for the honey bees in Northern to Southern California. (Actually it came from Ayers and Harman, Chapter 11 (Bee Forage … Continue reading

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Honey Bee Life Cycle

Type Egg Larvae Cell capped Pupa Average Developmental Period Queen up to Day 3 up to Day 8½ Day 7½ Day 8 until emergence 16 days Worker up to Day 3 up to Day 9 Day 9 Day 10 until … Continue reading

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Ants Ants Ants!

I would have to say that a majority if not all beekeepers will run into an ant issue at their hives sooner or later. So my recommendation to new beekeepers is to set your new hives on a platform that … Continue reading

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