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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all. We've been putting together some free videos for beekeepers (beginners to intermediate) and we recently released the first one called Wintering Bees: A Step By Step Beekeeping for Beginner's Guide. It's shot at our local bee club in Sydney, Australia but a lot of it will apply to most...
  2. Photo/Video Gallery
    It's approaching winter in my part of the world, in Australia. So recently, we spent some time with Bruce White guiding us through a detailed demonstration about preparing hives for winter. You can view it for free on YouTube here https://youtu.be/4SIeNtfF53w. Video Contents The video shows...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Guys, a dumb question. How do you know when to feed? I mean, I have been feeding in periods were there is no nectar flow (duh!), but how can I read from the frames if my bees are low on reserves? When and how much to feed? I haven't found a metric such as # of frames with bees vs # frames with...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I have read in Michigan it is best to winter with two deeps. This fall I’m not planning on harvesting any honey from the bees. How do I go about getting the honey from medium supers into the deeps for winter, or will the bees do this on their own once the queen starts to slow down on egg laying...
  5. Bee Forum
    Hello all friendly beekeepers. I am really in need for help to winter my colonies as this is my first year having so many hives (totaling 41 colonies with the majority being rather weak) using modern frame hives. The nectar flow period is over and the bees are collecting the final pollen grains...
  6. Commercial Beekeeping
    Here is data that is very detailed about the clustering of bees: THE THERMOLOGY OF WINTERING HONEY BEE COLONIES By CHARLES D. OWENS, Agricultural Engineering Research Division, Agricultural Research Service All tests were conducted at Madison, Wis., from December 1 to March 31 for 5 years...
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