Here is some beekeeping advice shared by experienced
beekeepers, such as how to move a bee hive, and great plants for bees. Why not share your own ideas using the form
below? Also, there further links to more
tips, videos and free information.
Moving Bees If You Must -
By Larry, Reidville, SC
If you have a very legitimate reason to move a hive 10 to
- Prepare the new location.
- Strap the hive components together tight with flexible
straps and ratchet, or use thin metal straps to screw each box to the other.
- Near dusk place a small strip of wood just large
enough over the entrance to block it.
- Get a friend to help lift the hive to the new location. If the total hive is too heavy for two people then you
would have to smoke the bees and place an inner cover over each section as you
move it and place it back onto a bottom board.
- The next morning, unblock the entrance and let the
- At dusk place an empty nuc or hive at the old location
to give the bees that did not re-orient a place to stay overnight.
- In the morning take the nuc from the old location and
place it right next to the main hive entrance.
- Repeat this process with the empty nuc for three days
You should lose only a very small number of bees. some
just reach the end of their lifeline in the nuc overnight.
Choosing Bee Favorite Plantings: Ceanothus - By: Scott
San Francisco, CA, USA
Beekeeper, Scott Mattoon, talks about one of his favourite flowering shrubs, for honey bees - Ceanothus here.
Mia, Marble Falls, Texas, USA
"We plan to start in
beekeeping hopefully next year to pollinate our fruit trees and garden crops on
our small farm. Honey for home use would
also be welcomed. This year, we are researching, planning and planting additional garden areas near our home to be
planted with species beneficial to bees for the rest of the year. We have surface water available already and
hope to develop a lovely bee sanctuary on our small acreage so that the bees
may find a supportive environment and we may mutually benefit from each other" - Mia, Marble Falls, Texas, USA
Being Fast By Going Slow
- Beekeeping Advice From
Rodrigo Eyzaguirre, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
I heard this saying when I was skydiving years ago. Precision was vital and speed was
important. Haste was a deal breaker.
“If you want to be fast, go S L O W. If you’re slow, you’re
smooth. If you’re smooth, you’re FAST!”
More beekeeping advice and tips can be found on the following links:
First Lessons In Beekeeping
Make a bee brush,
Tips for Beginners,
More links of interest:
Interviews with: Dr David Heaf on Bee Friendly Beekeeping, Mark Daniels on The Strange Disappearance Of The Bees.
What can patents for pesticides tell us?
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