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Honeybee Food Foraging : Where? Why? How Far?

I get asked a lot at market: how do you know that the bees actually went to “that” honey. “That” honey may be Buckwheat, Alfalfa/Wildflower, Fireweed/Wildflower, or Wildflowers of particular regions in Washington State.  Really it is all about flight … Continue reading

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How Honeybees Smell

Scent means a lot to bees.   They use their sense of smell to check queen quality, sort out friend from foe, locate their hive or new hive after swarming, and find forage. Their sense is so acute that they can … Continue reading

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Harvesting Honey, Treating Hives

Harvesting Honey, Treating Hives Posted on September 13, 2014 by brookfieldfarmhoney I have been pulling honey and putting thymol on the hives this last week. This blog’s been silent for quite a few weeks. July and August simply got out of … Continue reading

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New Queens In New Hives

The queen bees have come – with more still coming.  The first queens have been placed in their hives (the splits I wrote about in the previous blog post), and are laying.  This post covers how I put them in … Continue reading

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Making and Moving Bee Hive Splits

Every year I raise and purchase queen bees, each of which requires her own hive.  Thus every year I make and move splits (also known as artificial swarms).   I use the “over night split” method to make the splits.  The … Continue reading

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Preparing for Splits and Supers

Spring is upon us.  Flowers are blooming, drones are flying, it is time to put supers on the hives and/or split some of the hives to create homes for the newest queens.  What follows are photographs of what I am … Continue reading

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Why We Are Leaving the Bellingham Farmers Market on June 30

Honesty can be a hindrance to business it seems.  We sell raw honey from naturally-treated, antibiotic-free Washington state hives.  Some of this honey is from our hives here in Whatcom County (northwest Washington state).  Some of this honey is from … Continue reading

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Two Hives In One

I am going though all of my hives right now – more on the “what I do” in the next blog – but I thought my “two hives in one” moment was quite interesting. FALL 2013 : NO QUEEN?  MERGE … Continue reading

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Snow At The Hives

The February snows have arrived.  I woke up last Sunday to the realization that a bit of snow had fallen and it was not going to stop.  That slowed things down a bit this week, thus this photo essay of … Continue reading

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Mites That Might Eat Mites

Last July, I heard though the grapevine that Stratiolaelaps scimitus, a predatory mite formally known as Hypoaspis, were available locally.  These little darlings eat mites, potentially varroa mites. (A side note: links to photograph sources are in text under the … Continue reading

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