Tag Archives: Karen Bean

Changing Hives from Winter to Spring Mode

Changing bee hives from winter mode to spring mode – including feeding – at Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey, Maple Falls, Washington Continue reading

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Bee Houses from Eastern Europe to Oak Harbor, Washington

European bee houses (the hives stay inside the houses and open at the back) – and a US and UK bee house. Images of the wonderful painted hives, and a look into how the eastern European hives work. Continue reading

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Winter Honeybee Candy (Fondant)

Making Fondant (Winter Honeybee Candy) and putting it into hives before the big snow at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, Washington Continue reading

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An Idea for Practicing Grafting Honeybee Larvae

A recap of our group’s queen bee grafting endeavors, and an idea on how to practice grafting honeybee larvae without a cell builder to test one’s grafts Continue reading

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Grafting Honeybee Larvae to Make Queen Cells

Grafting honeybee larvae to create queen cells. Continue reading

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Workers and Queen Cells Unite! Adventures in Queen Rearing, Part 2

Our group puts the gathered nurse honeybees and a queen cell into mini-mating nuclei (nucs) to allow the queen bee to emerge and begin to lay eggs. Continue reading

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Preparing Honeybees to pollinate California almonds

Beekeeper Karen Bean helps Bruce Bowen and Pat Ray prepare honeybees which will go to California for almond pollination. How hives are moved, by forklift and hand dolly; how honey bound hives are corrected; how pallets are cleaned; and just how much wool Bean can get under a bee suit are covered. Continue reading

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Feeding Honeybees in the Fall – 2 different apiaries

Feeding honeybees at two different beekeepers operations: a 40 hive farm and a 1000 hive operation. Karen Bean, of Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls, Washington with 40 hives feeds by hand. Bruce Bowen with 1000 hives uses pumps. Continue reading

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