Book Review: Hive Management





Book Review: Hive Management
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The beekeeper’s year begins with a late winter hive inspection and ends with “putting the bees to bed” in the autumn. Richard Bonney believes that each beekeeping activity should be performed with an eye toward the overall well-being of the colony, as part of an integrated year-round program of hive management.

Long-term success in beekeeping can only be achieved by understanding the intimate lives, behaviors, and motivations of honey bees — the factors which govern the life of each colony.

In this book, Richard Bonney explains the reasons behind common practices that many beekeepers perform without really knowing why. Continue reading “Book Review: Hive Management”

How to Extract Honey with the Smash and Drain Method





How to Extract Honey with the Smash and Drain Method
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This post shows how to extract honey with the smash and drain method.

Normally beginning beekeepers don’t rush out and buy a rotary extractor. I know I wasn’t planning on it until I got some unexpected overtime from working a state disaster, and I was told about a plastic $150.00 extractor. So I extract most of my honey with a rotary extractor. However, I also plan on having a top bar hive next year, and you cannot extract your honey using an extractor, as it will just sling the comb out and muck everything up. Continue reading “How to Extract Honey with the Smash and Drain Method”