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How to Harvest Honey from Langstroth, Top Bar and Warré Beehives

Honey bees are prolific producers of honey. They keep making honey as long as supplies are available and there is space to store the honey. Beekeeping puts this characteristic of honey bees to use. Larger hives with greater room for honey are used in modern beekeeping. It allows honey bees to make enough honey for their own uses and enough extra that is economically harvested. Various factors affect the best time you can harvest honey from a beehive. High quality honey requires you to wait until it is fully processed and capped in cells, where it is low in moisture content and has a high saturation of sugars. In this article we'll discuss how to harvest honey from Langstroth, Top Bar and Warré beehives.

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How to Paint a Beehive – Beginner’s Guide

How to Paint a Beehive

Honeybees do not mind the color of beehives as long as the beehive is structurally sound. Beekeepers, however, often prefer to paint their beehives for various reasons. The major reason is the preservation of the wooden parts that make up the exterior of the beehive. Few types of wood used to make beehives can withstand weathering over time. Those that do are priced higher than most beekeepers want to spend on wood for beehives. Read on for detailed information about how to paint a beehive. In this article, we have also included tips on selecting paint for your beehive, the best colors to paint beehives, and alternatives you can use in place of painting beehives among other useful tips.

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Does Compost Attract Bees?

Does Compost Attract Bees

Swarming bees will find shelter in trees and other hollow protected places. Once in a while they may shelter in unusual places such as in some types of walls. Homeowners are often shocked finding a mass of tiny insects moving in and out of their compost bins. They may think that bees have made a hive in the compost. So, does compost attract bees? This article looks at what might be happening with bees living in your compost and how to take care of the situation.

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How Honeybees Maintain Temperature and Humidity in a Beehive

Beehive Temperature and Humidity

Beehives are microclimates with conditions that require careful control to remain at optimum levels at all times. Changes in beehive conditions affect honeybees living there. They can turn harmful if left unchecked for long periods of time. Honeybees are always regulating the temperature and humidity of beehives. They employ various techniques to achieve nearly uniform temperatures in the hive. Of major consideration to honeybees, is the brood of the colony. Other parts of the beehive come second in priority when it comes to warming or cooling the beehive, as well as in humidity control. Read on to learn how honeybees maintain temperature and humidity in a beehive, and what you can do to help them.

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Plastic vs Wax Foundation – Which to Use?

Foundation vs Foundationless Beekeeping

There are two types of foundation in beekeeping: wax and plastic foundation. Plastic foundation has gained popularity over the years due to the time it saves during installation. It is popular among beekeepers with a business-oriented beekeeping operation. Wax foundation can be used with wired frames or without. Wiring frames gives the foundation additional strength. Plastic beehive frames may come molded together with their plastic foundation. This article will compare plastic vs wax foundation. It also compares them to help you make better decisions when choosing foundation for your beehives.

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Types of Honey and Their Features

People buy honey in supermarkets or produce their own. Yet do you know that there are specialized honey shops? They exist for a reason. Maybe you’ll be surprised that honey has a wide range of types that you can taste. We can compare it with coffee: as there are cappuccino, americano, latte, rough, and other tastes, the same situation is with honey. In this article, we’ll tell you about three of the most popular types of honey in America.

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Top Bar Beekeeping for Beginners

Top bar hives are single-story beehives that can be used in both hobbyist and commercial beekeeping. In a top bar hive, the comb hangs downwards from removable bars. These bars form the roof of the beehive. A top bar hive has one rectangular box only. It is wide and allows for beekeeping methods that have little interference with the honey bee colony. Top bar hives generally have very high beeswax yields but less honey yields. Other types of types of popular beehives are the Langstroth and the Warré hives (check out our article on the comparison of these beehives). Read on as we discuss top bar beekeeping for beginners.

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How Bees Work: Understanding the Honeybee Social Structure

How Bees Work

We see them buzzing around all the time, but have you ever wondered how bees work? Indeed, the buzzing honeybee social structure has fascinated many for ages. Honeybees are known for their incredible efficiency, one that is almost impossible for man to imitate. The tiny creatures are highly organized and each bee is assigned a special job to handle within the beehive. It is this organization that brings out the smooth operation of various activities within the hive. Bees are like termites and ants in some ways, since only a few members of the colony are allowed to make babies or larvae. The rest of the members of the hive engage in other activities including fending for the little ones.

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Robber Bees – What are They and How to Get Rid of Them?

Robber Bees

Beekeeping is full of surprises - some pleasant and others not so pleasant. In beekeeping circles, you might hear the term robber bees being thrown around. You might also encounter the phenomenon in your own beekeeping. You might think that robber bees are a subspecies of bees, but that is not the case. Robber bees are regular honeybees that invade another beehive and steal honey. They open capped cells, eat as much honey as they can, and fly back to their beehive. This article will take a look at robber bees, how robbing happens, and how to prevent robbing.

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