Q&A with a Natural Beekeeper: How does natural comb impact production of honey?

Kevin, thank you for your wonderful website! I have just ordered 5 packages of bees I will pick up in the spring from a beekeeping operation in my state. I am working with another local beekeeper who keeps 15 hives on my farm because…

Q&A with a Natural Beekeeper for the New Beekeeper

Worker bee on freshly filled cells of honey

I am new to beekeeping. A local bee guy set me up with bees and a queen in a Langstroth box at the beginning of May. The bees are very active and 7 of the 10 frames are loaded with eggs and larva as…

Happy Bees Equals Happy Beekeeper, and How To Treat Bee Stings

Happy bees

Q: What do you do when working the hives to minimize stings? Anything you recommend for bee stings if someone has a minor reaction but nothing life-threatening? What do you do when you get stung? In reality, the answers are all related. A: Don’t mind…

Happy Honeybees, Happy Beekeeper

Happy honeybees

Hive management is an art, not a science. There are some basic principals I try to follow in an attempt to make hive management a more predictable and consistent art. First off, if you are in doubt, do nothing. You can’t make the bees…

Put a Little Sugar in My Bowl: A fun honeybee project for anyone

Bees love a sweet snack!

Fun for everyone. Great family/school project. Use a shallow dish, the saucer from a house plant is perfect. Add rocks or sticks to keep the bees from drowning. Make a small jar of sugar water by filling the jar half full of White Cane…