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Wordless Wednesday: Beekeeper’s Delight

by Tammy Taylor~

Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the grass. Now I'm taking very deliberate steps to assure I don't step on one of our honey-makers! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the grass.  Now I’m taking very deliberate steps to assure I don’t accidentally step on one of our honey-makers!

~TMH~

(You can see ALL our posts about beekeeping HERE)

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Beekeeping: Catching A Bee Swarm In A Tree

by Tammy Taylor~

Ya know how you start your day with an idea of the tasks at hand? Work on blog stuff, finish honeysuckle jelly, strain the honey from the comb we had to remove from a hive yesterday. You know, that kinda stuff.

Well that’s how my day started, then everything changed. RancherMan came in from the pastures & told me it was time to suit up, we’ve got a bee swarm to catch. Woo-hoo!  Apparently he saw a swarm of bees about 15-ft up in a tree right near our pasture gate.  We’ve never captured a swarm before so here’s yet one more opportunity to learn something exciting about beekeeping!  And maybe get to add a new hive of bees to our group as well.

We recently got the opportunity to catch a bee swarm high up in a tree. But we were able to stay on the ground! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beekeeping: Doing A Walk-Away Hive Split

by Tammy Taylor~

Y’all know last year we became NewBEES when we bought our very first hives of bees.  There are many ways you can obtain your first set of bees.  You can buy a Nuc which is a queen with a small amount of bees, or you can buy a package of bees to put into a full hive box.  But we found a local beekeeper who sold established hives.  Her hives were sold complete with a deep hive box containing frames of honey, brood, bees and a queen.  It’s recommended that you have a minimum of 2 hives so we bought two and started our new beekeeping endeavor.

Our hives made it through the winter fine. Now that spring is around the corner production is ramping up. It's time to do a hive split! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Just 3 Ingredients to MYO Natural Beeswax Lip Balm!

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan & I are new beekeepers.  We wanted to begin raising bees for many reasons: to help the declining honeybee population, to aid in our vegetable garden pollination and of course – HONEY!  But there’s another beehive product that’s been very helpful – all-natural beeswax.  We harvested a couple of frames of honey last fall so I could FINALLY have raw honey which contained ragweed pollen. I’m hoping consuming that raw unfiltered honey will help with my fall allergies.  But how exciting that I now have natural beeswax too.

I purified the wax from those frames and decided to use some of it to make beeswax lip balm for myself as well as part of our homemade Christmas Gifts.  It really couldn’t be easier – only 3 ingredients!  Check it out, y’all.

She uses beeswax to make a natural lip balm in minutes. It really couldn't be easier - only 3 ingredients! Check it out, y'all. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Feeding Your Hive In Winter

by Tammy Taylor~

This is our first year beekeeping and it’s been so exciting!  We purchased two established hives this spring and so far they’ve both done very well.  I’ve been sharing details of our beekeeping journey along the way.  I’ve linked to various topics we’ve already covered below, feel free to check ’em out!

But when the weather started turning colder RancherMan began preparing the hives for winter weather.  He started by placing entrance reducers at the front of the hives.  He did this to keep the cold wind at bay which will help to keep the hive warmer when those cold winds blow.  Plus it gives a smaller entrance for the bees to have to defend against honey robbing too.  But although we feel they’re going into the winter with a healthy honey reserve to see them through, we wanted to make sure.  So during an unseasonably warm, sunshiny and windless winter day we decided to go in for a little check-see…

You feed your beehives differently in the winter than you did in the warmer months. Come see how we feed our bees during winter months. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Varroa Mite Treatment

by Tammy Taylor~

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Varroa Mites are a constant problem in beehives these days.  They are a small parasitic mite that will attach to the bee.  A female Varroa mite will enter a bee’s brood cell before it’s capped and lay her eggs there.  By the time the bee emerges from her cell there are several mature Varroa ready to continue wreaking havoc on the hive.  The mite is large enough to be able to see with the naked eye but DANG they’re still very small!  But detection & treatment is important so into the hive we go!

Beekeeping on the Homestead - Varroa Mites are a constant worry in bee hives. Detection & treatment is important see how we treat Varroa mites. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Checking The Hive For Varroa Mites

by Tammy Taylor~

This is our first year of beekeeping and we’ve learned so much already!   We realize there is still much to learn and we’ll learn more as time goes by.  Two very important things we’ve already learned are:

  1. Each beekeeper will keep their hives differently in a way specific to their circumstances, and
  2. Varroa mites are an ever-present danger for bees

So monitoring your hive periodically for Varroa mites is important.  Thankfully it’s also pretty easy to do.  C’mon in, I’ll show you what we did for our Varroa mite inspection!

Varroa Mite Inspection is important. Thankfully it's also pretty easy to do. We're only beginning beekeepers but c'mon in, I'll show you what we did! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Expanding The Hive

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are beginning beekeepers learning to raise our own hives of bees using the popular Langstroth hive.  If you’ve been following our Beekeeping Series, you’ll know we’ve already discussed preparation steps before you ever get your bees, then the steps needed when you actually receive your bees and even another post about internal hive inspections needed periodically.  (I’ve added links to all of those posts below)  But now you have your bees, you’ve kept up your periodical hive inspection and are wondering if you need to give your bees room to expand, so today we’re talking about how to tell when it’s time to expand the hive.

Beginning Beekeeping Series: Today we're talking about why and how to expand your bee hives. (We're using Langstroth hives) #TaylorMadeHomestead Continue reading