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How to Get Your Beehives Ready for Spring

How to Get Your Beehives Ready for Spring

The four seasons of the year come with varying activities for beekeepers. Bees have different levels of activity in the seasons too. In spring, they grow the colony population and build up some stocks of honey. Beekeepers must prepare their beehives for spring activities towards the end of winter. In this article we'll discuss the tasks you need to carry out and how to get your beehives ready for spring.

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Common Beginner Beekeeping Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Beginner Beekeeping Mistakes

The art of beekeeping has many challenges that affect both the beekeeper and bee colonies. These challenges often lead to mistakes by beginner beekeepers. They result in low beehive product yields and loss of honeybee colonies. Beginner beekeepers have a lot to learn, and they need not learn it the hard way. If you make a mistake as a beginner, do not be discouraged and abandon beekeeping. Most beekeepers make the same mistakes when starting, so just learn from the errors you make. This article will look at common beginner beekeeping mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Beehive Theft Prevention and Security

Beehive Theft Prevention and Security

Whether commercial or just a hobby, beekeeping is a considerable investment of both time and money, and as with all considerable investments, you must put measures in place to protect it. Beekeepers the world over have experienced beehive theft either in part or in whole. As such, they must take measures to protect their valuable investment. Beekeepers that practice beehive theft prevention and security use a combination of measures to keep their hives safe. In a beehive, the most valuable items that are usually stolen are the bee colony itself and honey (thieves will take the frames and extract the honey from it). Beeswax and other accessories are of lesser monetary value. Thieves who have stolen beehives often sell the accessories to increase their income from each stolen beehive. Beehives are increasing in value due to rises in the demand for honey. As a result, thieves will steal beehives to resell them later, after often repainting them. The impact of stolen beehives on a beekeeper includes financial and emotional loss. The image of the beekeeper also gets a beating. It is important to keep in mind that beehive thieves are not average persons. They are people with beekeeping knowledge. Often, they will be intermediate or professional beekeepers. Additionally, a beehive thief often requires having a mode of transport nearby to use in carrying away heavy beehive boxes. Sometimes, beehive theft is an inside job. It is done by employees, or friends and relatives of employees. The employee in question may be current or former.

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