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Myths about Bees

Myth 1: Nature is kind and gentle toward bees Bees must play and survive in the ‘survival of the fittest’ states just like every other living thing. Many plants produce pollen and nectar that is toxic to bees and these can wipe out entire apiaries. To add

Bee Illness and Treatments

Getting good quality honey is heavily dependent on having healthy and disease-free bees in a clean natural environment. This requires keeping a close watch on the hives all through the year. Some of the things to watch out for include: Checking for adequate food sources. Sometimes even

Feeding the Bees

Invest in a few good bee feeders as they are essential tools to feed the insects when natural nectar supplies run low. Feeders also make it easy to medicate the bees if required. New colonies of bees work well with pail feeders and entrance feeders. Keep the

Capturing a Swarm

Swarming can be both a good and a bad thing. As an event, it occurs naturally and usually results in a new colony being formed. A swarm takes place when a senior queen leaves a hive, along with half the worker bees. Swarming is usually caused by

Getting an apiary started

Once you have deciided to embark on the exciting journey of bee-keeping such as Oak Tree Cottage Apiary and so many others, there is some work to be done. First of all, decide how many hives to start with. Two is an ideal number for both fun

Essential supplies for the keepers

Getting the right protective clothing is perhaps the single most important aspect of taking care of bees. Bees will sting repeatedly and it is therefore absolutely essential to avoid being stung even once. Since most of the work happens outdoors and largely in summer, the temptation to

Essential supplies for the hives

Hives come in all shapes and sizes. It is very important to get all the components of a hive exactly right to ensure the health of the bees. Hive bodies can be made of wood for the best results. American white pine is a good choice of

An overview of bee-keeping

Bee-keeping or managing an apiary is something that just about anyone can learn to do profitably. It can even be done by landless farmers, creative entrepreneurs or even by housewives with some extra time on their hands. Done correctly, bee-keeping can turn into an attractive secondary source