Joy to the World

Merry Christmas! Here is a free printable that we thought you might enjoy; a PDF is linked below! We’ve really enjoyed these Nativity beeswax candle molds from Mann Lake. Be careful if you start making these, as they can be addicting. We hope mixing bees with Christmas will bring you joy! Joy to the world

Tylan Measurements for Honeybees

We have had many questions over the years about medicating bees, most recently today. In the spirit of helpfulness, we’d like to post about using Tylan for American Foulbrood (according to the label) for those who decide to use it. Remember that the label is the law and using Tylan outside of the labeled uses is […]

Up-Cycled Bee Box End Tables

We are super excited about these little beauties! These up-cycled, one-of-a-kind bee boxes make beautiful furniture! They are fitted to be fully functional bee boxes too, holding deep or medium frames. Here’s a little insight into the process of making and photographing them. Legs We found many of the legs at the Habitat for Humanity’s […]

Foulbrood by Dr. Sandra Burnett

We have been corresponding with Dr. Burnett about Foulbrood and wanted to post what she said about it, especially with the current proposed honeybee bill in the Utah House of Representatives. Here are two emails. The first is one I sent to her with some questions and the second is her response. She gave permission for […]

How to measure cell size

Wondering if your natural comb bees are small cell or large cell size? Here’s how to measure. Harvest some uncapped worker-sized comb or honey comb. (Drone comb is naturally larger than worker comb. Most comb in the hive is worker comb.) Using a metric ruler, place “Zero” on the side wall of a cell. Cout […]

Featured Queen Bee: Queen Windy

The queen featured is a daughter of Queen Windy, a Cordovan Italian. On the way back from California package pickup, Queen Windy’s cage was on the cold, windy side of the truck coming through Wyoming. The workers clustered on the other side of the package cage, behind the can of syrup, leaving her exposed. We […]

Featured Queen Bee: Junie Bee

Junie Bee is a 3-year old New World Carniolan. We purchased her from Strachan Apiaries, which is part of Sue Coby’s project to collect genetics from all over the world. Junie Bee is survivor stock from 2012, a major drought year. Carniolans are known for reducing their numbers (cluster size) when there is a shortage of […]

University of Minnesota Bee Lab

Today I visited the University of Minnesota Extension Bee Lab website after a long break. New to me are the beginning beekeeping videos on THIS PAGE. We’ve attached the videos here for your convenience. Everything they do is awesome and sustainable. I hope you learn something! I know I did!  

Cutting Queen Cells from the Middle Bar Frame

Here’s another video blog post about using extra queen cells to make splits. If you like the genetics of your current hive, this is a great way to save money by raising your own queens with minimal effort. See the beekeeper use his hive tool to cut out the queen cups and then clip them […]

Worker Bee Emerging from Her Cell

Dale Wright and his amazing wife Valerie just sent these photos in sequence of a worker bee emerging from her cell. I thought I’d share it here so you can see it too! It’s amazing to see how bee biology works from these pictures. Here is the frame from which she will emerge. It is […]