Recycled Building Materials

Question:  Due to wholesalers having large minimum orders, I’m struggling to find a cheap source of timber. I’m considering driving to all the local salvage yards, to see what scrap wood I can find to make supers out of. I however struggle to identify which woods are suitable to build hives out of. Are there […]

Screened Bottom Board Opinion

Above photo credit to Val Wright Q: I purchased a screened bottom board last year to help with a mite count, but I never got around to putting it in my hive. Recently I have been reading several posts on how beneficial it is to use in the hot summer months for additional air circulation. I […]

Introducing a Queen to a Colony With a Laying Worker using a Push-In Cage

We often have questions about colonies with laying workers, especially about requeening them. Often, beekeepers end up wasting the queen (and their money) when colonies think their laying workers are good enough. This video describes a method to slowly introduce the queen using a push-in cage. Here’s how you can make your own homemade push-in […]

Queenless problems?

What a great spring! This year we brought in 770 packages of bees and are excited to see your beekeeping successes! In the packages, we guarantee that the queen bee will be alive and healthy when customers take them home. But there are some rare customer error problems that can happen with the queen. Hopefully knowing about […]

Tips on Using a Smoker

As beekeepers, we often carry around a hot canister of live coals, otherwise known as a bee smoker. We use a bee smoker regularly in our operation. Here are a few tips on getting the best use of the smoker and smoker fuel without causing a grass fire. Once, at a bee pickup, a customer […]

Queenless Hive

We have received multiple questions about queenless hives lately. When this happens, we usually need to know the following. These are also questions beekeepers can ask themselves each time they inspect the hive to keep it thriving. Do you see eggs, larvae, or pupae of all ages? Do you know how to recognize eggs and larvae? […]

Why go foundationless?

Photo credit for the above photo goes to Valerie Wright! Thanks for sharing this with us! Over the past 5 years, we have switched our operation to foundationless beekeeping. This decision came gradually, but matches our natural beekeeping philosophies. This post will talk about our deciding factors. Work by Michael Bush has influenced our decision […]

Plum Bloom on Beeswax

We received a great question and beautiful photos from Rachelle (below) and Valerie (above). The comb in Rachelle’s hive has dark wax with a thin layer of white on top. She was wondering what the white layer is and if it is cause for concern.     Answer: This white coating is called “Plum Bloom.” The bloom is […]

My hive died this winter. What happened?

Lately we have been receiving several questions about dead hives. If your hive did not make it, we are sad. It is always a bummer when bees die! We are working tirelessly to find ways to keep bees healthier, but the beekeeping industry is not on top of bee diseases. . . yet! While we can’t […]

Beekeeping Bills

Featured image (above) is from healthsciences.utah.edu.  There are 2 bills about beekeeping this session at the Utah legislature that will come up in committee this week. One of them (HB0115) makes slight modifications to make it easier for hobbiests to keep bees. The other (HB0315) includes radical changes to current beekeeping laws, including making it more difficult for […]