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 […]

Sourdough Bread

A few months ago, Martha Levie from Abigail’s Oven demonstrated how to make sourdough bread at a workshop here at our home. I fell in love with this bread and have been making it ever since. It is kind of a long process, but not too intrusive. If you’re up for it, read on! Or you […]

Bean Museum Kids

Today we had the opportunity to host the BYU Bean Museum kids field trip. Including our family, there were 15 kids and 5 adults. Here are a few things we did together! First, we suited up. We have a classroom set of adult-sized bee suits. They were a bit big on the kids, but protective. […]

Plastic Foundation Review

We were working with a customer today to fit frames with foundation, and thought it would be useful to have a post showing different brands of foundation. We have been going foundationless lately in the middle bar frame, but when we use foundation, we like the plastic kind that has been sprayed with beeswax. All of the types […]

Pysanky

I have been meaning to write a blog post about Pysanky for years! This post is quite out of season, but I hope to use it for future years and future events. Before we got married, Stan hosted an annual Pysanky art workshop. We continued this tradition together with friends and with our own children. This […]

Feral Queen Customer Response

Here is what one customer said about the feral queen and her hive this year. “I wanted to share some photos from my hive inspection on June 13. Those foundationless frames are awesome! I had so many people telling me that using deep foundationless frames wouldn’t work–that the bees wouldn’t draw them out well — […]

Looking for Eggs in the Hive

We have been receiving loads of questions about checking for eggs this week. Here are some thoughts about eggs. Why do I need to check for eggs? The reason you need to look for eggs is to establish if there is a queen and if she is laying eggs. Just because there are no eggs present […]

Q&A Top Bar Hive Replacement

Question: I currently have a top bar hive and am looking to some how move it to a hive that requires less maintenance. A friend recommended you guys- I’ve seen her hives and they are great! I’m looking for hive recommendations and any help you can offer- I’m located in Spanish Fork. Answer: We recommend a […]

What you need to know about nuc pickups

Getting ready to pick up a nucleus colony? Here are some things you need to know about picking up your nucs.  We want to set you up for success. Before taking the nuc home, we want you to look inside the hive and make sure the colony is thriving, the queen is laying eggs, and […]

Bee Cell Size

We love it when our customers ask awesome, thoughtful questions! Here is a Question from Dave in Pocatello, ID. He said, “I am looking for a package of bees to start my first hive.  I’m really interested in treatment-free and am planning to use top-bar hives.  I just read the explanation on your feral queen project.  […]

Nuc Transfer Instructions

This post is geared to those who will be picking up nucs and want to read up ahead of time. Click Here for a post about what to bring to the pickup. Nuc Transfer Instructions Start your smoker. Find and mark the nuc you would like. Move the nuc box over a few feet and […]

All About Bees for Kids

In January, we hosted a unit study about honeybees at our home. It was really fun! There were about 50 people here, swarming around the stations. I’ve been working on a honeybee curriculum called “All About Bees for Kids” and thought this blog is a good venue to share it! At the bottom of the […]

Bad Bee Press

I just read this article on KSL about the bee attack. It is hard for me to read bad press about bees and feel like some information is missing from this article. This may be misleading and cause others to have bad opinions about honeybees. This is especially important considering the beekeeping legislation on the […]

Sales Tax and Bees

Yesterday we talked to the Utah Tax Commission and asked about sales tax for honeybees and equipment. It turns out that we need to be charging in-state sales tax for our products, especially now that we are selling beekeeping equipment. However, they told us about an exemption for those purchasing beekeeping equipment for production agriculture. Like, […]

Propolis on the Hive Entrance

  We don’t typically use entrance reducers on our hives in winter. Here’s what bees from one hive did to the entrance. This colony was wintering in a 5-frame nuc box. Bees sealed the entrances with propolis, leaving only a small entrance hole, the size they wanted. We like to encourage bees to use lots of propolis, […]