Category: Instruction

Package Installation – one week in

The installation of package bees is one of the easier beekeeping tasks.  Whether installing in a hive with drawn comb from a deadout or in a new hive with undrawn foundation, it only takes a few minutes.  The next few…

Newly Installed Packages

So far, all the reports I’ve heard from the new beekeepers have been overwhelmingly positive. That’s fantastic, and I’m glad to hear it! A few things: CHECKING YOUR HIVE While the installation didn’t take much in terms of protective clothing…

Painting Woodenware

Beginners often wonder how much of their woodenware should be painted. In general, only the parts that will be exposed to weather need to be painted. Painting the interior sections is unnecessary and will likely end up causing problems if…

New Packages – 21 Days In

You installed your spring packages.  You fed the colonies as much sugar syrup as they would take.  They look great and they’re building up fast.  Perhaps you’ve even added a second hive body.  Beekeeping is easy!  What could possibly go…

Feeding Your Honeybees

It’s often necessary to feed your honeybees, and it’s essential when starting your spring packages.  This can be done easily and inexpensively with sugar syrup.  The typical recipe for spring feeding is a 1:1 ratio (by weight) of granulated sugar…

Feeding Your Packages

When starting your spring packages, it’s important that they have plenty of nectar and pollen.  Since pollen is abundant in the spring, pollen patties are usually unnecessary but they will certainly not hurt the colonies if you decide to use…

How to Install Your Spring Packages

It’s the time of year when we install new packages that either replace colonies that died over the winter or establish new colonies. Readers have asked for instructions for installing their new packages, so here goes…it’s going to be a…