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Honey Bee Smoker Usefulness - Featured
Jul 14

Are Honey Bee Smokers Actually Useful?

Master Beekeeping Basics

One of the most common tools that beekeepers use is a smoker (often called a bee smoker).

If you haven't seen a smoker before, this is what common models look like:

Honey Bee Smoker Components

The idea behind the smoker is that using it should help calm the honey bees down allowing the beekeeper to more easily perform inspections, capture swarms, etc. and (hopefully) not get stung as often.

A quick online search will give you online articles, social media posts, and videos by the dozens that make statements to support this idea.

In fact, bee smokers are viewed as such an essential piece of equipment that they are included by default with most Starter Kits.

But are bee smokers actually that effective? Does using a smoker actually help calm bees? Or is it yet another beekeeping myth that has been passed around?

Why We Don't Ship Honey Bees - Bear Country Bees
Dec 30

Why We Don’t Ship Honey Bees

Master Beekeeping Basics

​We get many questions from our customers each season across just about every range of beekeeping & honey bee related topics imaginable.

However, there is one particular question that stands out as being asked more often than most:

​Why can’t you ship bee packages & nucs directly to me?

​In this post, you’ll find out the exact reasons why we don't ​ship honey bees (at the moment).

The 3 Fragile Woodenware Traps & How To Avoid Them - Cover Photo
Jul 01

The 3 Fragile Woodenware Traps & How To Avoid Them

Master Beekeeping Basics

​It’s common for new and experienced beekeepers alike to purchase woodenware from local country supply stores or beekeeping supply shops.

After all, these nearby stores provide convenient access and stock most or all of the beekeeping supplies you need, so it makes sense to get what you need there, right?

Maybe…..or maybe not.

What you probably haven’t been told is that the woodenware you’ll get at these stores have most likely been poorly assembled and won’t last as long as you need it to.

In this post, we’ll explore what we refer to as the 3 Fragile Woodenware Traps that many beekeepers fall into and how to escape them.

Beekeeping Timeline - Featured
Dec 28

The Beekeeping Timeline: The Important Dates You Need To Know As a Beekeeper

Master Beekeeping Basics

Whether you’re an aspiring beekeeper or you are one already, there are several critical times of the year you need to be aware of.

Like any other agricultural endeavor, beekeeping requires a lot of advance planning. You can’t just wake up one day and set up a beehive like you would your new grill.

It can take months of preparation to be ready in time.

In order to be successful as a beekeeper, you need to keep a running plan (preferably several months in advance) of what you need to do and when you need to do it. Having this plan in place will ensure you don’t miss any important events.

In this blog post, you’ll discover what those important events are and what you need to do to successfully prepare for them ahead of time.

In short, you'll discover the Beekeeping Timeline.

Nov 04

What Does It Take To Get Started In Beekeeping?

Master Beekeeping Basics

You might have noticed that beekeeping has become a very popular activity in recent years and for good reason — it’s a whole lot of fun! People are joining the beekeeping club every day and that trend will only continue.

In this blog post, you’ll receive an overview of what you need to get started in beekeeping. If you’re thinking about getting into beekeeping, this information will be helpful to keep in mind as you get started.