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July 23, 2020

Keeping Bees Healthy in Summer

This is taken from The American Bee Journal: If you keep your own beehives, you know how important it is to keep your honey bees safe and happy throughout the warmest months of the year. A successful summer can lead to a rich crop of golden honey at the end of the season, but summer […]

December 19, 2019

Winter Planning

Winter is upon us, and I have been doing some planning for the new year. I am going to be using the plastic Apimaye boxes, so I am going to get rid of all the wooden boxes and old wooden frames that I have still laying around the yard. I will not sell them because […]

December 1, 2019

Guess What??

November 20, 2019 This is the first day of no doctor visits, no rain-wind-clouds, and temperature is 70° F, so I got my veil, smoker, and hive tool and went to the Api hive and actually got into the hive to see what was really in there. Guess what? I have bees. I am ecstatic. […]

November 12, 2019

The Apimaye Hive

The plastic Apimaye Beehive is now empty of bees. Let me review the experiment I started in February of this year. I bought the hive back in September of 2018. When I received the hive, I began by putting full sheets of foundation in the brood frames. I had 3 frames to go when I […]

November 12, 2019


Well today I had just a small window to work the hive, but to coin a phrase– Don’t do as I do, do as I say– I went to the hive without a veil, smoker, or a hive tool. Guess what? I found some little bodies walking on the door stoop and going in and […]

November 10, 2019

Fall Things to Do

Now that Autumn is here, you must do one of two things, either treat for Varroa Mites or not. It is your decision. Now if you decide to not treat, then you must keep the beetle traps in place so the bees, if they get weak from the mites, will have a chance to not […]

September 6, 2019

Fall Time

After the dearth and the bees are busy getting nectar and pollen for winter stores, now is the time to think about fall requeening. It is generally recommended to requeen either in the Spring, or you can requeen in the Fall, about late September to around the third week in October. Any later would be […]

September 1, 2019

What Now?

Here it is September, the kids are in school, and the wife & neighbors are working. I’m so lonesome with nothing to do…..Guess What!!! I have great news for you. There is lots of things you can do to while away your time and you won’t have time to be lonesome. You can repaint you […]

August 29, 2019

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August 7, 2019

Getting Ready for Winter

By now you should have gotten your colony(s) ready by making them strong with lots of bees going into winter. The reason for that is so there will be plenty of help when the spring flow starts. There are several ways to do this. You could put a new young fall queen in the colony […]