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Swarming

Any organism that has enough vigor, resources and motivation remakes. Bees are no exception. Bees raise drones before swarming. It indicates a colony is vigorous and has enough resources to reproduce. Later, after the first drones hatch, queen cups are built. Then bees fill the broodnest with nectar or diluted honey. A back filled broodnest: […]

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Feeding

A newly stocked top bar hive needs continuous feeding until it makes a living. And eventually, a beekeeper will encounter hungry hives that need feeding. Failing to feed a hungry hive always impacts colony growth. Extended hunger demoralizes a hive and threatens its survival. When feeding: put all feed inside the top bar hive bee […]

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Early Summer

Early summer is a season of recovery from winter’s deprivation. Abundant spring resources and climatic warmth have fueled a couple of brood cycles filling colonies with healthy, young bees. Early spring forage begins to disappear with the decline of the dandelion bloom. It may be several more weeks before any clover becomes available. Yet, a […]

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Spring

Spring brings a burst of new life, energy and expansion. Like the plants, a colony awakens to partake of new resources and channels it’s activities toward swarming, which is the colony’s way of propagating itself. A natural beekeeper follows this progression: unwraps hives feed hungry hives provides water revitalizes equipment manages comb Unwrapping Beyond food, […]

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