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Bee Tree Hives in North Carolina

Bee Tree Hives in North Carolina

I received this wonderful letter from a customer, and fellow honey bee steward, in North Carolina:   "Hi, Scott, I wanted to let you know that I *finally* got my nucs this spring and installed them into the bee tree hives you made for me. These bees came from a family in NC who were involved in the early efforts to encourage strong genetics for mite resistance and they haven’t treated the bees on their farm for 12+ years. I was happy to coordinate a purchase of 21 nucs for our county and I brought home 2 for myself. :)The...

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"The Pesticide in Our Own Back Yards" - HoneyBee Suite

"The Pesticide in Our Own Back Yards" - HoneyBee Suite

This article is excellent! "No, Big Ag did not kill my bees. They were executed by someone not too different from you and me. They were doomed by a person doing what he thought was right, using a product with a label too confusing to decipher. I honestly don’t blame the individual. Instead I blame a society that encourages short-sighted thinking and devalues the natural world." Full article HERE.  And it's very worth reading!

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Bee Tree Hexagonal Hive

Bee Tree Hexagonal Hive

Obviously, honey bees love hexagons.  That's why I built this hexagonal bait hive.  It has 40 liters of interior space (per Dr. Seeley's research).  It has an entrance hole that has an area of 2 square inches and is located below the brood nest (both characteristics also in response to Dr. Seeley's research). The hive is built of 2 inch thick western red cedar which is about 5 or 6 times as insulative as 3/4 inch pine, and is also far more hygroscopic than pine.  In addition, the interior surfaces of the hive are rough to help promote a propolis coating. It...

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The Fruit of a Honey Bee Colony is not Honey, it's a Swarm

The Fruit of a Honey Bee Colony is not Honey, it's a Swarm

The fruit of an apple tree is not, ultimately, an apple... it's an orchard. An apple is food for many creatures, including humans, but the ultimate purpose of an apple is to carry the genetics of the apple tree and to produce an orchard.  The end goal of the apple tree's fruit is the propagation of the species. Likewise, the fruit of a honey bee colony is not honey, it is a swarm.  If the analogy holds, honey is more like the sap of an apple tree.  It carries the nutrients that feed the organism.  But the core, driving goal of a honey bee...

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More Research Showing the Importance of Propolis in the Hive

More Research Showing the Importance of Propolis in the Hive

"In fact, leaving lumber naturally rough, with no planning or sanding, would provide a simple and effective surface for boosting propolis, they write." Read the entire article in Entomology Today HERE. Read about why I use rough-cut, western red cedar HERE. And more research HERE.

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