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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Started with 4 this year and ended with 5. I’d love to hear from backyard beekeepers about the fun threshold and the right number of hives for them and why. My 5th colony was a swarm and its presently overwintering in 1/2 of a resource hive snuggled up to a big colony. Right now the best...
  2. Employment
    The Division of Plant Industry announces the following position. Qualified applicants may apply online for this position through People First or by clicking on the link following the description. AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION SPECIALIST - 42001266, assigned to APIARY INSPECTION - PLANT...
  3. Bee Forum
    I'm trying to decide on a location for 1-possibly 2 locations for an apiary in southern Arizona. I would like to know the different temperaments of different subspecies of Apis Mellifera at different elevations. My local topography is between 2000'-9,000' altitude. Between those altitudes I see...
  4. Bee Forum
    Hello! I know similar questions have been asked on this forum, but time goes on and the beekeeping landscape as well as the world around us is changing. Can you please share you thoughts on this: - Do you use any beekeeping software (mobile app, desktop program, internet application etc). ...
  5. Welcome Forum
    I look forward to using this forum as a new resource for any questions or problems I may run into. Over 25 years experience in Apiary Consulting & Live Bee Removal. I'm a passionate advocate of Live Removal as an environmentally responsible alternative to removal with poison. Happy to bee here! :)
  6. Photo/Video Gallery
    We did some truck swapping due to an issue I cannot discuss. I acquired a 2002 Blazer and gave my 2007 Ranger to Andrew way out in LA (Lower Alabama). The Tahoe's former life included lights, radios, and siren. When I was driving to an inspection this morning I pulled out following a truck...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi, I'm new to the website! Does anyone know if any apiaries are actively selling their entire operation? Specifically, an apiary that engages in pollination contracts with farmers? I am interested in acquiring a beekeeping operation in order to get up to scale. Please let me know if you have...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    I have a question on how best to prepare the ground for hives. There is a lot in books and on the net on what makes a good apiary and how best to place hives, so I feel like I understand this as much as I can at this point. I've seen very little on what to do with the ground, however...
  9. Photo/Video Gallery
    I didn't know but William Bouguereau was a beekeeper!
  10. Bee Forum
    I've been processing data on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claims and was intrigued that public lands are being leased for beekeeping purposes. Compared to other usages, however, it appears like there are very few apiaries that have been formed this way. That surprises me, given how low the...
  11. Bee Forum
    Since a plague of honey bee disappearances dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder became known in 2006, the number of registered beekeepers in Florida has almost quadrupled to 3,500. Dave Westervelt, chief apiary inspector for the Florida Department of Agriculture, attributes the beekeeping boom to...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I found a almost unknown device for us but which is of a common use in every russian apiary the "Scion" - (Привой и роевня) it is a trap or a shelter to catch the swarm as early as possible without (may be) climbing trees. Can you find it here on the plan? There are many "designs" but...
  13. Video Gallery
    We made two videos at work for the Florida State Fair Apiary Inspection in Florida http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Media/Multimedia/Plant-Industry-Multimedia-Files/Apiary-Inspection-in-Florida Anatomy of a Hive...
  14. Observation Hive Forum
    Beekeeper Web Note Beekeeper Note is internet based note for management and control of your beehives. If you register for free, you can manages your bee-gardens. You can: - create 9 apiaries (bee-gardens) - add 100 beehives per each apiary - you have visual board for every apiary. You can...
  15. Commercial Beekeeping
    Hey guys! I was wondering on the business side of beekeeping your suggestions of the do's and don'ts when starting an apiary. (Anything including marketing, branding, business start up, ANY suggestions welcomed! Thanks
  16. Bee Forum
    Today, I was calling pest control people to ask for information of a swarm I could get. One guy said if I had called 10 minutes later they would have been dead. He was kind enough to wait 40 minutes for me to get there. The amazing coincidence (if you are a non-believer) is I got my suit and...
  17. Bee Forum
    I want to buy bees from a beekeeper nearby, I want to expand my apiary this year. This is how I planned it: - Buy 3 frames // 2 with Brood, 1 with Honey and Pollen - Place in 5 frame nuc (2 frames will be empty) - Add virgin queens to every hive, If they don't lay within a week...
  18. Bee Forum
    I want to buy 3 frames (only 3) with 2 brood 1 honey and add a queen. So basically make a nuc. Could I do it this way or will it be too risky? I plan on feeding them syrup and patties, do you think they'll grow at all or will they not make it?
  19. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello, I would like to convert my single existing hive to right-sized bees (I have never treated them with anything), but my hive sits in an apiary shared with other beekeepers whose hives are neither small cell nor treatment-free. Before I proceed, is there anything I should be concerned...
  20. Bee Forum
    We recently paid a visit to the InterContinental Boston, a four-diamond hotel on Boston’s historic waterfront, which has introduced the city’s first hotel rooftop apiary. Since early summer, the hotel’s colony has grown to more than 40,000 bees, hard at work pollinating the flora of an...
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