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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

Beginning Beekeeping: Inspecting Bee Hives

~by Tammy Taylor~

Welcome back to the Beginning Beekeeping Series.  We’re still NewBEES but there are many who are interested in raising bees, so we’ve been asked to blog about our experience.  I’ve written about the beekeeping preparation steps that were necessary before we ever obtained our first bees in this Preparation Post, and I’ve written another post about what to do when you actually Obtain your Bees, so if you haven’t read those posts be sure to check them out.

But now that we have our bees we know you don’t just put ’em out there & let them do their thing…  There’s a rhythm to tending to the hives to assure a healthy, thriving, productive hive.

We have the hives, we have the bees - what's next? Come with us as we inspect the inside of the bee hives! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Obtaining Your Bees

~by Tammy Taylor~

Last week we talked about the beekeeping preparation steps that were necessary before we ever obtained our first bees.  There was lots to do: Educate ourselves on best beekeeping practices, join a local beekeeper’s association, decide where our hives will be located, prepare the location for the hives, obtain the beekeeping protective clothing and the bee hive expansion boxes and frames.  RancherMan even built an elevated stand for the hives.  Then we used heavy-duty cattle panels to section off the hive pen from the cattle pen.  All of these details are listed on last week’s Preparation Post, so if you haven’t read it be sure to check it out.  But now that we’re all ready, let’s get those bees!

We're new to beekeeping and have learned much, with much yet to learn. See what we did when we brought our first hives of bees home! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Beginning Beekeeping: Becoming A NewBee

by Tammy Taylor~

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RancherMan & I love raising cattle, and we added chickens to the mix because they’re so much fun and, you know, EGGS!  But we were wondering what (if anything) we’d like to add to our current barnyard fun.  We’d tried raising goats but that just wasn’t for us, but then RancherMan hit on an idea:  How about BEES?  His thought is that bees will help keep the garden pollinated, and I’ll hopefully finally be able to obtain local honey that includes ragweed pollen to try to treat my allergies naturally.  Sounds like fun – let’s jump in! We’ve never kept bees before so we’re NewBees(groaaaann…)  There’s a lot to do before we actually receive any bees, come see how we prepared.

We've never kept bees before so we're NewBees! There's a lot to do before we actually receive any bees, come see how we prepared. #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Don’t Throw Away That Crystallized Honey!

by Tammy Taylor

I’ve heard that consuming local honey daily is good for seasonal pollen allergies.  I don’t enjoy the thought of putting a spoon of drippy sweet honey in my mouth.  If eating local honey is good for allergies, I might as well enjoy it stirred into my own homemade yogurt  along with a handful of berries for breakfast.  For that reason I always make my yogurt unsweetened and add the sweetener as I stir in the berries.  Anyhoo, I buy my local honey in large glass jars (yep, I hate those plastic honey-bears of honey)  But occasionally crystals will form in the honey making it too thick to pour.  No worries, since my honey’s in a glass jar it’s easy to bring my precious honey back  to pourable sweetness.

Honey is said to be the only food with NO expiration date. Don't throw that honey away when crystals form - save your honey for years! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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