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  • January Monthly Tips
    January 7, 2021 Blake Shook

    January Monthly Tips

    January is all about managing bees for the upcoming spring!

    Join us as we discuss monthly tips for managing bees as they emerge from winter!

    -January Beekeeping Tips

    -January Hive Inspections

    -Reversing Boxes

    -Feeding

    -Early Spring Preparations

    -Q&A and More!

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  • When is it too Cold to Check My Hive?
    January 6, 2021 Blake Shook

    When is it too Cold to Check My Hive?

    Many beekeepers are very concerned about the cold when it comes time to check their hives in the winter months. However, following a few simple principles, it won’t hurt your hive at all! I always encourage beekeepers to check their hives at least 1 time per month during the winter. Here are some parameters around when to inspect:
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  • March Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    March Beekeeping Tips

    1. Continue monitoring food stores and practicing the February feeding tips. Work to maintain a 20lb surplus, and feed pollen substitute during cold weeks.  To review our article on February beekeeping tips, click here. 2. You should see the population...

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  • May Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    May Beekeeping Tips

    1. As the honey flow begins in most of the state, your hive should be reaching its peak population. Check your hive weekly to ensure they have enough room. In some areas, bees can bring in up to 10lbs of...

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  • July Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    July Beekeeping Tips

    1. For the vast majority of Texas the flow is completely finished by early July. If you plan to harvest, your honey should be harvested quickly to ensure the bees do not consume too much of their stores. See our...

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  • August Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    August Beekeeping Tips

    1. As the summer continues, keep a close eye on food stores to ensure your hive maintains at least a 30lb surplus.Also maintain a water source and remove mite treatment when suggested by the directions. 2. Typically, pollen patties/substitute are...

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  • September Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    September Beekeeping Tips

    1. September can bring cooler weather and some moisture, or more scorching heat. Either way, continue to feed to maintain 30 pounds of stored food for your bees. 2. Test for mites, as mite populations can begin to climb, necessitating...

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  • October Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    October Beekeeping Tips

    1. October provides one of the final months for major bee management. Final feeding should take place, and syrup consumption should begin to decline as your queen begins shutting down for the season. Feed to maintain a 30lb surplus through...

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  • November Beekeeping Tips
    December 15, 2020 Blake Shook

    November Beekeeping Tips

    1. As November progresses, you should begin to see less and less brood in your hive. Many hives are completely broodless by late November. However, on warm years, with strong hives, you can still see multiple frames of brood. As...

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