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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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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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Making Mouse Guards 2013

More than half of my hives are in bee yards where bears are known to roam.  These yards have either solar/electric bear fences, Livestock Guard Dogs, or very large dogs who live on the property (the latter two are different … Continue reading

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Making Bottom Screens For Bee Hives

The sun has come out (periodically), and the temperature has reached the balmy 50F’s here in northwest Washington state.  This has inspired me to get outside and build bottom screen for the hives.   I need to do this, now.  I … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Foundation Experiment (foundationless and half-sheet)

I’ve previously posted about the myriad of choices in beehive foundation.  This post is about an experiment I’m running this year with Foundationless Frames and Frames Hung With Half-Sheets of Wax Foundation.  I’ll call these “Half-Hung” frames to make writing … Continue reading

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Bee Hive Foundation : So Many Foundations So Little Time

What kind of foundation should one use in a hive?  Now there’s a question that can start hours of conversations, and, sometimes, arguments.  I thought I’d weigh in with my two cents on the subject. First all the disclaimers: What … Continue reading

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Naturally Treated Hives at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Part 2

Last blog post was about the natural treatments and methods I use with my bees.  But treatments and methods pale in comparison to the need of good breeding stock (this holds true of any livestock operation). To make a hive … 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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Wiring Beehive Frames

A lot of beekeeping at Brookfield Farm is fun.  However, I would not put making frames, wiring them, and hanging wax into that category.  It falls under “must be done” and “oh, I can listen to these podcasts I collected.” … Continue reading

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Walk Away Splits in a Bee Busy Week

The Farm Bee Yard It’s been a crazed 2 weeks.  As things often do, everything bee-wise happened at once: Created 7 Nucs: 4 of these were straightforward overnight splits. 1 was an emergency “Who cares where the queen is.  They’ve … Continue reading

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