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Do Natural Treatments Work (on my hives)?

Do you ever wonder if the things we do to help the bees survive our climates and manipulations really work?  I certainly do. I learn things from other beekeepers and through reading, then try out the ideas – sometimes they … Continue reading

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Winter Preparation : The Final Steps

The bees are all tucked in for the winter now.  After making a bit more than enough mouse guards to place on those hives still “unguarded”, I switched the hives from fall-feed-mode to winter-mode. OUT WITH THE FEEDERS IN WITH … Continue reading

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Participating in a Bee Health Survey

THE SURVEY I have the good fortune of being able to participate in the bee health survey being conducted in the U.S. by BeeInformed.org.  The survey is following 8 hives in 25 apiaries from June to November.  Bees suspended in alcohol … Continue reading

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Spring Bee Hive Manipulation

It’s spring (ok, four days of sun, we take what we can in the Pacific Northwest). In the spring, I manipulate my hives.  At least that’s what I call it.  I think the bees think “oh no, she’s messing with … Continue reading

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Storing Drawn Foundation at Brookfield Farm

Spring usually is not the time to contemplate how to store frames of foundation, but I was asked about this recently.  In addition, I was just hanging up some drawn, empty frames that once contained honey, which my bees have … Continue reading

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Checking Hives In February

In a “normal” year, February brings deep snow in our area.  This is year we have seen cold sunny days, cold overcast days, rain, a few sunny 50-degree (F) days, and now, as I write this, snow.  During the sunny … Continue reading

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Our First Bear Fence for Bee Hive Protection

I built my first bear fence earlier this fall.  Interestingly, it is not in any of my bee yards that are in heavy black bear territory.  But the farmer was worried about a bear seen in the area, and wanted … Continue reading

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What Colors Do Bees See (and painting bee hives)

Good weather broke out, finally, in July.  This is news at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey here in Maple Falls Washington.  The month of June gave us 5 days of sun, 5 days of overcast, and all the rest was … Continue reading

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Bee Houses – from eastern Europe to Oak Harbor, WA

  I am fascinated by eastern European Bee Houses.  I do not know much about them, so if you do, please share your wisdom.  The mobile ones seem like such a wonderful elegant solution to moving small numbers of bees around: … Continue reading

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To Feed or Not To Feed and When To Feed?

A robin crossed my path a few days ago.  The alders are displaying their still  closed catkins.  The chickadees have been singing for a few weeks.  Spring is coming.  The crocuses usually follow the robins by 2 weeks.  About 6 … Continue reading

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