Frame spacing tool

I don’t like to put frame spacers in my supers because I like to start new un-drawn frames 10 to a super to get the comb drawn correctly. Once the frames are drawn, I reduce them to 9 per super to make extracting easier. I’ve tried putting 9-frame spacers...

Honeybee Feeder Comparison

There are always discussions as to which feeder is “the best”, but like everything else in beekeeping, there is no one best solution for every situation and location. I have taken the most popular feeder options and rated them in different categories. I make no...

Queen Marking – How To with video

There are good reasons to have your queens marked, including: Ease in locating the queen during inspections. Confirm the hive hasn’t swarmed. Confirm the queen hasn’t been superseded. This can be very important in areas that have Africanized honeybees....

Double Deep Frames

The big craze over at Beemaster is switching to only medium depth boxes. Yes there are some advantages like uniformity and lighter weight, but there are also some things I consider disadvantages, at least to me. One is more equipment and therefore more cost. One can...

Winter Emergency Feeding

Emergency Feeding When you find the need to feed a weak colony in the midst of winter, there are may things you must be careful of.   The bees need to be able to access the food when clustered. It only takes a short cold spell for the bees to starve if the cluster can...

Small Scale Queen Rearing

Queen Rearing using the Nicot System and Cloake Board Podcast of Small-Scale Queen Rearing can be found -> Here. The following is the method I used for raising small quantities of queens. It uses a Nicot no graft system that I purchased from BetterBee. When I bought...