Starting Your Beehive
Social Bees
Know where to source your bees? Think about that now!

New beekeepers starting their beehives this spring are quite rightly focused on their equipment and…

Beehives in a field
Starting With Multiple Hives

With a single hive, we lose many options as beekeepers One question all beginner beekeepers…

Homemade bee feeder
An Introduction to Feeding Honeybees

Of all the world’s creatures, the honey bee is one of the most resourceful. The…

Marked Queen bee
Marking a Queen Bee

Introduction When inspecting your beehive, checking it is queen-right should be at the top of…

Honey Bee Cooling
A Guide to Beehive Entrance Management

Bees in the wild make good use of whatever entrances to a space they can…

Bee smoker
An Overview of Obtaining Bees for a Beehive

Introduction With your beehive set up and installed in position, we’ve reached an exciting moment!…

Beekeepers Examining Honeycomb
Involving Family and Friends in Beekeeping

Beekeeping is enjoyed by individuals everywhere and, for many, represents an escape from the pace…

Beehives in an apiary
Beekeeping Advocacy

More Than Just Your Own Bees The “save the bees” mantra has been with us…

Beehives in an apiary
Practical Guidance for The New Beekeepers

With your bees duly installed in their new beehive, you can call yourself a beekeeper!…

Beehives in an apiary
Preparing and Installing Your Beehive

Introduction It’s time! You have read a bunch, you’ve ordered your hive and maybe you’ve pre-ordered your…

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Questions the New Beekeeper Should Answer First

Starting out as a beekeeper is exciting, fun, and maybe just a tad scary! But…

Beehive on slope
Where to place a beehive

Once you have a hive, you may be tempted simply to set where it’s the…

Bees flying into hive
Beekeeping Myths for the New Beekeeper to Question

It’s tough to say whether the new beekeeper of today has it any easier than…

Beekeeper checking bees
An Introduction to the Beehive Inspection

With the beehive up and running and your bees starting to establish their home, the role…

Honeycomb
An Introduction to the Brood Nest

With your first bees safely installed in their new home, it’s time for the beekeeper…

Bee swarm on a tree branch
Capturing and Installing a Swarm of Bees

Are you a new beekeeper or about to be one? Let’s start with a simple…

Beekeeper and bees
Contrarian Positions for New Beekeepers to Consider

Oh, the simple life of a beekeeper. That peaceful, relaxing closeness to nature, enjoying bees…

Remove the First Nuc Frame
Obtaining and Installing a Honeybee Nucleus Colony

Introduction For many years, the ready availability of packages of bees meant that they were…

Removing candy from queen cage
Obtaining and Installing a Package of Honeybees

Introduction Of all the memories you will create as a beekeeper, few will be as…

Bee Package
Purchasing and installing your bees

Introduction With the hive set to go and all appropriate gear purchased and waiting, it’s…

Beekeeper checking hives
What Bees Need To Thrive In Your Location

You’ve decided to take the leap and become an Urban Beekeeper. I applaud you. It…

Bees going into hive
When To Start a Beehive

The activity of bees and their lives are strongly influenced by the changing seasons. Each…

Beekeepers Examining Honeycomb
Planning and purchasing your beehive

When to Start a Beehive So you’re ready to start your first hive! Congratulations! There’s…

Marked Queen bee
Buying bees

Not as difficult as you might imagine Establishing a beehive is not as easy as…

Beehives
Your Beehive : Stage Summary

Introduction Stage 2 of our course, Your Beehive, covered three sections: Beehives and AccessoriesEquipment and…

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Your New Beehive: The First Two Weeks

Excitement and Nervousness Beekeeping is a special and fascinating pastime. While bees continue to teach…

Bee Brush
A checklist for the new beekeeper

Introduction The PerfectBee 3-Step plan to your first beehive walks you from your initial curiosity, through the…

Beekeepers
How and when to move a beehive

Moving a hive full of bees, comb, and honey is not an easy task and…

Beekeeper with smoker
A beekeeper’s journey: Part 3 – Package bees or swarm?

Sarah chose her hive, she decided where to locate it. Now it’s time to obtain…

Hives and beekeepers
A beekeeper’s journey: Part 2 – Locating the hive

Sarah considers her beehive location – grade, environmental protections, flight directions and permanence.