Honey Strainer

Honey Strainer

A great top bar hive honey strainer. The Idea It’s easy to build a simple strainer that uses gravity to separate honey from beeswax. It consists of: a bucket lid a 5 gallon elastic nylon paint strainer bag a small wood block a bucket with holes drilled in the bottom a bucket with a large hole cut in its middle other buckets to contain and […]

Collaboration

Collaboration

Honeybees are the ultimate collaborators. A colony, the result of that collaboration is much more than just the sum of the parts. There’s another group of great collaborators. And it’s us. Our ability to collaborate makes us what we are. In the past, our collaboration was limited by our means of communication. But today, the internet has virtually connected us all. OK worker bees, check […]

Bee Unto Others

Bee Unto Others

Interested in beneficial bacteria in bees? In bee probiotics? Checkout Laurie Ramona Herboldsheimer’s Micro Refs. Dean and Laurie are quite active in the small cell/treatment free beekeeping scene. They’ve recorded much original video/content that would make a great addition to BeeUntoOthers. I hope they can find the time and energy to build a real portal for their work here. The Micro Refs is a great […]

Honey Production

Honey Production

The Idea Honeybees don’t naturally store up large quantities of surplus honey. So, a top bar hive beekeeper manages the free space, inside the hive, for honey production. A quick inspection of the hive’s honey storage area leaves the broodnest undisturbed, and indicates what should be done. To increase production, a beekeeper can: harvest frequently in larger top bar hives, rotate comb run additional top […]

Failed Comb

Failed Comb

The Idea Properly managed top bar hive comb seldom fails. But comb can fail when: handled improperly a top bar hive is moved too soon after being worked a top bar hive is worked and it’s too hot Mishandling induces stress on a single comb. It’s failure doesn’t endanger the colony. As the colony can easily replace the failed comb which can be salvaged. It’s […]

Comb

Comb

The Idea Top bar hive comb must be managed to keep a hive workable. The goal is to allow the bees as much comb building freedom as possible while maintaining non-destructive access for the beekeeper. To manage top bar hive comb, a beekeeper must know how to: cut comb make comb corrections get straight workable comb space comb adjust comb thickness rotate comb The Details […]

Swarming

Swarming

The Idea If all goes well early summer is a time of swarming. As a colony attempts to propagate itself, a beekeeper has several options: work with the bees and the season’s abundance to make beekeeping easier just let the bees swarm work harder to prevent swarming The Details The Swarm Process Any organism that has enough vigor, resources and motivation reproduces. Bees are no […]

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