Tag Archives: hives

The Longest Winter

It’s been a long winter here in the mountains in the northwest corner of the lower 48 states. It started snowing the first week of December and has just recently stopped. We did have a 1 ½ week break where … Continue reading

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Spring Supers for Bee Hives

Spring arrived early here this year. So I’ve supered the strong hives, many of which were packed with brood, and fed honey to those that had eaten nearly all their stores.                   … Continue reading

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Why We Are Leaving Bellingham Farmers Market on June 30

The story behind the groundless demands by the Bellingham Farmers Market Board for Brookfield Farm to remove over 50% of our established products, which have been selling at the market for over a year. This makes the market economically unviable for us, and we are leaving it on June 30. 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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Two Hives In One

Finding two queens and their colonies living in one hive during post winter check up. Continue reading

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Making Mouse Guards 2013

Making Mouse Guards : the design, how we make them, why we left it so late Continue reading

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Bee Hive Foundation : So Many Foundations So Little Time

Bee hive foundations : plastic, wax, foundationless. What I see as the good side and bad side to each of these. Continue reading

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Naturally Treated Hives at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey : Pt 1 of 2

What “Naturally Treated” hives means at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, Washington. Part 1 : Treatments and methods used. Continue reading

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What Colors Do Bees See (and painting bee hives)

What colors do bees see. How the colors we see differ from bees. And painting bee gear at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, Washington Continue reading

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Walk Away Splits in a Bee Busy Week

How to do an emergency walk-away split (don’t look for the queen, you’ll find out later where she is) and a crazed bee busy week at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, WA Continue reading

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