Category Archives: 4 Feeding Bees

Post-Winter Hive Check 2016

We had some clear weather at the end of February, and I took advantage of it to check the hives. For the record, Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey had a 13% loss of beehives from September to March. I’m often … Continue reading

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Spring Hive Check List

It is spring here: periods of sun between bouts of rain.  I’ve taken the sunny days to do the spring hive assessment, which requires opening all of my hives (about 80) to check them and give them their spring essential … Continue reading

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Making Bee Candy (aka Fondant)

I leave lots of honey on my hives in the winter.  Usually about 70 pounds for established hives, a bit less for the smaller hives.  In a normal year this will provide food for the bees from October, when forage … Continue reading

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Do Natural Treatments Work (on my hives)?

Some test results from my bee hives and my conclusions from 2013 bee health survey. Continue reading

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Winter Preparation : First Steps

Winter Preparation begins at Brookfield Farm: Treatments for Nosema and Varroa Continue reading

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Feeding Bees in the Spring

How, why, what and when I feed bees at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, WA Continue reading

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Checking Hives In February

A February check on the bees at Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls WA. What was found: from strong to dead. How this year’s honey & pollen configuration seems to be working out. Continue reading

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Winter Stores, Feed and Mites : Preparing Bees for Winter at Brookfield Farm Part One

Winter honey stores, feed, and mite treatment at Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey, Maple Falls Washington (land of rain and snow). Continue reading

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