Thoughts on Summer and Fall Robbing – 2016

  Each year we get hundreds of calls, walk-ins, and messages regarding robbing behaviors.  We were asked to share some of our thoughts, here they are. Robbing is a behavior that is NATURAL to the honey bee, and it is also practiced by other flying insects such as wasps and hornets.  We are going to focus our attention here primarily to honey bee robbing, but it applies to all looters. The stores within a hive are in high demand in the insect world, so if a defense has lapsed or a back-door is unprotected, theft can and does happen.  Humorously […]

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Questions a New Beekeeper Should Ask – 2016

These are questions we feel every new beekeeper should ask. We are asked some of these questions daily. Some of the answers we give to these are not what you would think or expect. Are all honey bees the same? Are there different types of beehives for raising bees and making honey? What is the most important lesson for a new/old beekeeper to know? How does a person start beekeeping? What does a person need if you don’t want honey, but need pollination? Can I have a colony of bees for just my garden or orchard? Is it easy to […]

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Warré Beehive and the Mini Urban Beehive, a Customer’s Opinion – 2017

A few years ago a man called asking for cedar planks so he could make a Warré beehive.  He came over picked what he needed and was on his way.  Later, he returned to show off his masterpiece in photos.  We discussed the benefits he saw, as well those we saw, in the Warré system.  This beehive was developed over a hundred years ago in France by Abbé Émile Warré.  His belief was the hive needed to be closer in size to the hollow of a tree, needed to be inspected once a year during harvest, was to be a vertical […]

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How to Modify a Deep Langstroth box into an Eco Bee Box Medium Comb Box – 2019

Many have asked for an explanation on how to take an existing assembled Langstroth Deep Box and make it into an Eco Bee Box Langstroth Medium Comb Box. Here are the steps to follow: First clean off the top edge of the hive by passing it through the saw at 9 9/16″.  The Frame Rest side of the box is now clean and new. Then turn the box around and cut the medium box at 6 5/8″  The cut-off is cut down to 2 1/2″. These cuts clean up all edges of the pieces.  From the fence to the edge […]

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Bees Do Not Want To Expand…What Gives? – 2018

A honey bee by Eco Bee Box Thoughts to consider…when raising bees. Note we didn’t say when making honey. Honey is the by-product of a healthy active colony. A question we regularly hear is “my bees aren’t drawing out new comb”, “they are not expanding”, “they must not like their hive”, “they are doing nothing”, “it has been a month and I just raised a queen and they haven’t expanded”, “when do I add another box”. The questions are similar and require in most cases a simple answer of be patient. Honeycomb on a mini frame by Eco Bee Box […]

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Lorenzo Langstroth has Taught more than Beekeeping – 2018

A few ageless lessons of life and realities of a US Patent. As a beekeeper and a small-time historian, lessons have appeared regarding the downfalls in beekeeping regarding methods, tools, equipment, & manufacturing. It doesn’t take much to see, as a new idea is presented at a conference one year is reproduced by many from around the world the following year. Patents are not what they pretend to be. A patent is synonymous with protection, right?  First, it takes many thousands of dollars to patent an invention in our modern day only to have another modify it slightly and poof another […]

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Challenges Facing our Honey Bees Today – 2017

  Had a comment come in today about challenges our bees are facing and if “man” is the instigator of the challenges we now face? Well…this is our reply. The problems we and bees are facing today: we have inadvertently permitted the global migration of invasive bee colony pests from around the globe of which the European honey bees have little resistance too. we have lowered the life span of the queen from about 5 years to about 1 year in the last 100 years, with most beekeepers unable to rear their own queens. we have added complex pesticides and mono crops for bees […]

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The Art of Winter Candy Feeding of Honey Bees – 2017

Candy board feeding of bees in winter is a valuable tool in extending the life of the colony to the spring nectar flow. Winter inspection without opening the hive. Weight tells how much the colony has consumed. A challenge for most beekeepers is “how much honey do I take from them, and did I take too much?”  A couple years back Bella Donna from Arizona showed how she filled drawn comb with candy instead of either leaving it empty or removing it.  Adding a candy board horizontally on top a hive is a plus for extending the life of a colony […]

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Challenges & Tips for Wintering Honey Bees – 2017

The season of winter hive preparation has begun. Understanding the wintering process can be a challenge for many beekeepers. It isn’t a simple one-size-fits-all scenario.  Here are a few thoughts about wintering honey bees: Bees need winter access to outside for cleansing flights If moisture inside the hive rises during the winter months bees will die Place your hive in a spot with full sun and protection from wind. The wind that blows into the entrance will kill bees An upper entrance can be blocked with propolis, which helps retain heat and control their inside atmosphere but is an emergency exit […]

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