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Installing New Bee Packages

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I'm so excited to get my two new bee packages today! I've been thinking a lot about what type of hives to start the new bees in, what type of hive to use, and the method or process to use. Past this, I've also been thinking about what will my bees be like? Will they be happy sweet bees or grumpy mean bees. I'm not too worried since we already have awesome bees from C.F. Koehnen and Sons, and they have been fantastic! Through my extensive research and I've found a lot of information on the areas of consideration and I've already...

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Has the nectar flow started?

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I have to say that knowing when the nectar flow has started has been the single most difficult thing for me to learn as a new beekeeper. As I prepared for my first spring I asked other beekeepers this magical question, "when does the nectar flow start?" Their responses seem to vary from, "typically in late March", "when the bees stop eating syrup", "when the maple trees bloom", and "when you see flowers blooming" was the primary responses I received. This left me more confused and wondering if there is a better way to tell.  I looked on the internet for a more scientific method....

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Be Swarm, Identify, Plan, and Prevent.

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Spring and early fall is swarm time for bees! When bees swarm the hive is short quite a few bees and your neighbors might not be too happy to have uninvited guests either. It's been helpful for me to plan ahead so that I have confidence going into swarm season. I recently saw a YouTube video on Bruce White's "Save Our Bees" channel that covers how to identify and prevent bee colonies from swarming.  Bees swarm when they are out of space. Typically this happens in the Spring when bees start building up fast and late summer, early fall, when bees...

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10 Frame vs. 8 Frame Hive Boxes

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When I started beekeeping I did not realize that one of the most important decisions to make was choosing the size of my hive boxes and I purchased 10 frame boxes since it seemed to be the standard. It is a lot more economical to make this decision in the start of your beekeeping journey due to the time and cost it will take to switch over from on configuration to the other. I wish I had done more research prior to purchasing my equipment because I found a lot of great YouTube videos like the ones over at Vino...

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