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Natural Beekeeping Trust. Cold Cove Technologies - Affordable Hive Monitoring for Beekeepers. Improved Metal Hive Scale « Bee Hacker. By beehacker, on July 5th, 2015 It has been very rewarding to see reader’s improvements on my original hive scale design.

Improved Metal Hive Scale « Bee Hacker

I recently got an email from Matthew Waddington – I’ll reproduce here since it is pretty self-explanatory. Hi-Yet another version of the scale! I saw your version years ago, and was inspired by it, and came up with a square stock, non-paddle shaped similar unit that I thought you’d be interested in seeing.I’m an architect with about 20 hives in the PNW (small town east of Seattle), and have been making versions of this- and of course drawing it a zillion times- for about a year.

Or two. In subsequent emails, Matthew adds, I am using the machine, and it works well, and consistently I think. Smart Hive Stand « Bee Hacker. Bees evolved to live in trees not hives.

Smart Hive Stand « Bee Hacker

A proper hive stand with a screened bottom board allows bees to be more hygienic …as in tree cavities. In addition, a hive stand should be functional and nice to look at. Portable Hive Scale « Bee Hacker. The goal is to build an accurate, electronic bee hive scale for under $50 that allows anyone to weight 4 hives per minute – up to 250 lbs each – without materially disturbing the colony.

Portable Hive Scale « Bee Hacker

Problem In my first year as a beekeeper, I had 2 out of 3 hives swarm. I think. I experienced a Tulip Poplar nectar flow. I think. I would know the population of the runaway swarm …estimated at 3500 bees per pound.I would know the mass of nectar (and pollen) gathered during the day and of water evaporated at night. Lord Kelvin said, “To measure is to know.” Prior Art. DIY internet-enabled bathroom scale - Stavros' Stuff. Wherein my weight is broadcast live to the good people of the internet.

DIY internet-enabled bathroom scale - Stavros' Stuff

A few days ago, I looked under the couch and found my dusty, disused Wii Balance Board. I bought it years ago, when I was a bit chubbier and thought Wii Fit might help me lose some weight and become fitter. Beekeeper's Corner Hive Stand. Insights – All the pipe is 1″ PVC Pipe. – The three way corner pieces were purchased from Lowes.

Beekeeper's Corner Hive Stand

The corners were not available from our local Home Depot. If you can’t find the special corners look to the web. The corners are designed for furniture and they’re more structurally sound then the standard 90° corners. – Straight Pipe advice: Sometimes the stores sell pre-cut pieces. Hive inspection sheet. Honey Bee Package Installation - Maine State Beekeepers Association. Joe's Ancient Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon Mead - Got Mead? The Largest Mead Resource on the Web. This is arguably the most pervasive mead recipe on the internet.

Joe's Ancient Orange, Clove, and Cinnamon Mead - Got Mead? The Largest Mead Resource on the Web

When Joe Mattioli created this on GotMead, lo these many years ago, he had no idea how it would go viral. It’s been copied all over the internet, and millions of batches have been made, and variations tried. 38 DIY Bee Hive Plans with Step-by-Step Tutorials (Free) In the Beekeepers Workshop « One of the joys of beekeeping is tinkering in the shop to make the various gadgets that we use.

In the Beekeepers Workshop «

Here are a series of plans which you may download and use. Enjoy! Comments, corrections and your contributions are welcomed! (Contributed by Steve Tilmann) Solar Wax Melter With this gadget, you can load it up with your rinsed, raw wax, put it in the sun and then go attend to your other business. Beesource Beekeeping. Plans for Building Hives, Frames and More This popular section of offers downloadable “build-it-yourself” plans in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Beesource Beekeeping

You will be able to open PDF files after installing the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is a reliable product, widely used, and available free for Windows or Macintosh operating systems. With this powerful software, you can view and print a PDF file at any resolution to any home printer, at an office center such as Kinko’s, or at a commercial offset or digital printing company. You will need Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher to open these files. DIY Beekeeper’s Toolbox.

For Mother’s Day I built my mom a pretty cool gift (if I do say so myself!)

DIY Beekeeper’s Toolbox

I took the basic plans for a nuc box (which can be found with a simple google search but also HERE) and this toolbox from Williams-Sonoma (no longer available or on their website unfortunately.) no longer available but it was insanely overpriced anyways I could have purchased one but the cost + shipping was pretty prohibitive, plus mom’s like homemade stuff right? Even when their kid is 26? The benefit of the nuc-turn-toolbox is that it can safely hold all your tools, AND be used to transport frames, a swarm, or a sandwich.

How To Install Package Bees in a Langstroth Hive - Beverly Bees. How To Install Package Bees in a Langstroth Hive by Anita Deeley at If you want to install package bees into a langstroth hive, read on.

How To Install Package Bees in a Langstroth Hive - Beverly Bees

Bee Hive Plans For Your Homestead. 38 DIY Bee Hive Plans with Step-by-Step Tutorials (Free) Screened Bottom For Long Hives. Many of my horizontal hives have no screened bottom, and they are doing great! Others with a screened bottom are doing great too, so it’s not gonna hurt. One key, though, is to use the screened bottom board in combination with oil pans. Without the oil pans, the screened bottom on horizontal hives leads to two problems: too much ventilation (not good with our chilly nights), and it exacerbates small hive beetle infestation (they can get through 1/8” screen). The screened bottom with oil pans is a good addition.

It virtually eliminates small hive beetles, improves ventilation, and reduces hive moisture. The following plans fit our Long Langstroth Hive model, but the same building approach will work with horizontal hives of any size. Material list. Natural Beekeeping. Gable roofs are great for stationary horizontal hives! They look pretty, don’t collect water and debris, and offer superior insulation against heat and cold. Roof overhangs shade the hive box and protect it from rain. Hinges make opening the top luxuriously easy. Long Langstroth Hive. This is the hive that Jack built. And these are the plans to craft the hive that Jack built. Home. Beginning Beekeeping - American Beekeeping Federation. As a public service, the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) offers free beginning beekeeping information, which can be found as PDF files at the links below. Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES) List of crop plants pollinated by bees - Wikipedia.

This is a list of crop plants pollinated by bees. Most of them are pollinated in whole or part by honeybees and by the crop's natural pollinators, like bumblebees, orchard bees, squash bees, and solitary bees. Where the same plants have non-bee pollinators such as birds or other insects, these are also indicated. Pollination by insects is called entomophily. Entomophily is a form of plant pollination whereby pollen is distributed by insects, particularly bees, Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), flies and beetles. Honey bees pollinate many plant species that are not native to their natural habitat but are often inefficient pollinators of such plants; if they are visiting ten different species of flower, only a tenth of the pollen they carry may be the right species.

How to Hang a Swarm TrapLetMBee Blog. When it comes time to hang traps you need to think about several things before you even head out. If you haven’t read my post on Looking for Spots start there. Once you have chosen your general location you need to decide if you are going to hang the box or set it on something. I have read accounts of people having good luck setting their traps on barrels, decks and rooftops. Beeginners - Honey Bee Suite. A no-cook candy board recipe for wintering bees - Honey Bee Suite. Swarm Traps and Bait Hives. Natural Beekeeping. The best things in life are free, and bees are no exception. A good swarm trap is really all you need to get started in beekeeping.

The first season I put ten swarm traps out, five swarms moved in! That is a 50% success rate, and others report up to 80% success with the swarm traps described in Fedor Lazutin’s Keeping Bees With a Smile. How to Start Beekeeping: What's All the Buzz About? Scientific Beekeeping. Destructive Bee Health Pests. In the mid-1980s, the number one destructive pest of the western honey bee (Apis mellifera), the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, was introduced to the United States and has since spread to almost all honey bee colonies in North America. Varroa was first detected on western honey bees back in the 1950s after shifting from its original host, A. cerana.

It now is present in most areas of the world where the western honey bee is present, as a result of natural migration, but most actively with assistance from humans who move bees for trade both legally and illegally (Navajas, 2010). Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems. Honey Bee Suite, a beekeeping blog. Varroa Mite Reproductive Biology - eXtension. Learn about some of the latest research into bee decline. Varroa mite life cycle. Home - Keeping Backyard Bees. North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Let's Make a Candyboard for Winter Feeding - Overwintering Honey Bees. By Anita Deeley at Winter has arrived and the girls are hungry! Time to make a Candyboard for Winter feeding. Essential Oil Recipe for Honeybees - DIY Living - GardenFork.TV. Build A Top Bar Beehive. PHOTO: Rachael Brugger Top bar beehives may be one of the oldest forms of domestic beekeeping; the first written report observing these hives comes from the 1600s.

Roll Your Own Extractor. “What are the odds this will catch fire and explode?” Asked my wife, as I pitched her my latest project. A veteran, some would say survivor of fourteen years of my schemes and contraptions, my wife saw the gleam in my eye as soon as I started describing it. In the Beekeepers Workshop « Beesource Beekeeping.