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Preparing Bees For Winter Part 3: Nucleus Hives in Winter

Over-wintering nucleus hives at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, Washington. What I usually do, and this years experiment. 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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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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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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Over-night beehive splits – what a difference a day makes this spring

Weather changes during the making of over-night splits at Brookfield Farm in Maple Falls. Shots of splits being made in the sun at one of Bruce Bowen’s bee yards. How over-night splits are created to make new nucs at Brookfield Farm Continue reading

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Making Splits With Swarm Cells

Using swarm cells with developing queens to create honeybee nucleus hives (nucs). What I look for in a queen cell: description and location. Photos from Cyberbee.net: Dr. Zachary Huang, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University. Continue reading

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Preparing for Nucs at a 700 Colony Operation

Sorting out waxed, plastic honeybee foundation and preparing nucleus (nuc) boxes with Bruce Bowen, of Bruce Bowen’s Bees, in Mt. Vernon, Washington. Continue reading

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