Tag Archives: honeybees

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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How Honeybees Fly – muscles, wings, and stomach crunches

How honeybees fly : flight muscles, wing beats, abdominal lifts, and antennae sensitivity. 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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A Huge Swarm of June Bees

A massive June swarm : When swarms read the book, but don’t take really good notes. 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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American Foulbrood Researchers – The Few, The Committed

American Foulbrood Research today : Diane Yost (University of Las Vegas, Nevada) and Fera National Bee Unit, York, UK Continue reading

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The Eyes Have It : Honeybee Eyes

Honeybee eyes : where they are, what they do. How amazing they are. Continue reading

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Why Jaws of Worker Honeybees Differ From Queen Bees

Explanation of how queen bees and worker bees mandibles differ, and why they are different. And a link to fabulous bee photography. Continue reading

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