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The heavy snow

If you experienced a big snow dump at your place like I did. About 9 inches at 6 pm with more coming. If the hives get buried with snow, it is usually not a problem. The snow will add some insulation to the hives. It doesn't look like big cold after this storm as would be normal after a January snow storm. Show More Summary

Possible new mite treatment?

Two More Classes

This class is a year in beekeeping.Taught by Mike Mackiewicz. Mike is an experienced beekeeper. He has kept bees for many years. His class covers a wide variety of subjects that every beekeeper can use.More info: A year in the life of bees. Show More Summary

Honeybee Netflix documentary

Netflix has a good documentary series called Rotton.The first episode is about honeybees. They talk about struggles of a beekeeper, adulterated honey and how it happened and the theft of several thousand beehives over four years.

More Bee Classes

The Art of Beekeeping (In Northern Climates) January 27, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm $40.00 North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Avenue North Branch, MN 55056 United States + Google Map Is Beekeeping for You? February 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Harding High School, 1540 E. Show More Summary

January Thaw

This video I made a few years ago. The pics were from Jerry Linsers hive. He demonstrates one way to look at a hive on a cold morning. On a cold Jan 29th day. The bees were still peeking out the top hole of the top box.It will be warm for the next couple of days. Show More Summary

2018 Package Bee Prices

Here is our 2018 package bee pricing.Only thing different than last year is we will be offering Saskatraz Queens with our 2 lb and 3 lb packages. There is a $2.00 Royalty fee on all Saskatraz packages. This Royalty fee is paid to the developer of the Saskatraz line of queens. Show More Summary

Local Bee Classes

University of MN Year 1 Beekeeping in Northern ClimatesInstructors Dr Marla Spivak and Mr Gary Reuter Feb 24th. Click link for infoUniversity of MN Beekeeping in Northern ClimatesThe Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates at CenturyShow More Summary

2017 - Year in Review

The 2018 Bee Baby is coming. A new year is upon us. Goodbye 2017Let's look back and see the year in review.2017: January - The year started with some cold temperatures early. The temperatures warmed up nicely late in the month. Not much stress on the colonies. Show More Summary

Installing 2 lb Package Bees in 5 Frame Nuc Box's

We made this video after the first delivery of package bees last April. I finally got around to posting it. It is a good demonstration on how to install bees on a cold morning with no syrup spray. Using a five frame nuc box to start a 2 lb package of bees works great. Show More Summary

Merry Christmas

Wendy and I would like to wish all our beekeeper friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Best wishes to you and your family for a bright and prosperous New Year.

Cold weather moving in

Cold weather is on our doorstep. It looks like about a ten day event.The weather up to this point has been a cake walk for the bees. The warm late fall has been easy on the bees and on their food supply. Since the first of November, the average hive has consumed around 12 lbs of honey. Show More Summary

Crank Up Bird Feeder

I put up a crank up bird feeder. I have always had trouble with squirrels and an occasional bear on or destroying our bird feeders. This feeder keeps all of the varmints from being on the feeders. The crank up feeder was easy to install. Show More Summary

Winter has arrived

After enjoying the warm late fall weather, reality hit this morning. Ice and snow. It looks like the snow may be here for the duration. I was able to vaporize and cover all my hives before this weather hit. If you did not get around to covering your hives, now is the time to do it. Show More Summary

Creamed Honey

Made up 30 cases of creamed honey, cinnamon and clover honey. I give the creamed honey to my friends and relatives. This is about 200 lbs of honey. It will take about 10 days to set. So it should be ready to give away by Dec. 10th. 9 oz hex jars. The cinnamon jar is dark, clover is the light colored jar

Open Hours Changing and Random FYI

Starting Dec 1st we will be changing to our winter hours. We will be open Saturdays only, 10 - 2pm. Any other time is by appointment. We do not have a problem setting up a time that better fits your schedule, if Saturday doesn't work. Show More Summary

Making Creamed Honey

This is my making creamed honey video. I post it every year just before Thanksgiving. Creamed honey is liquid honey that is processed by mixing warm liquid honey with a starter seed of creamed honey purchased from a grocery store. After the honey and seed are combined and bottled, it takes about two weeks to firm up. Show More Summary

Veterans Day

To all the Veterans out there. Thank You for your service.

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