What do you do when your bees try to run away from home? You catch them – even when you have no idea what you are doing. Warning: It isn’t as easy as it looks on YouTube.
We chose top bar hives for two main reasons. First, it’s supposed to be a kinder, gentler, and easier way to keep bees. The other reason we went the top bar route is because it’s much cheaper! In the wild, bees will build a hive anywhere they think is safe and secure. Usually that’s inside […]
While my husband and I are still very much novice beekeepers (ahem, to date, we have only had our hives for three days), we hungrily read books and articles, scoured the web for beekeeping blogs, watched YouTube videos endlessly, and took a local Beekeeping 101 course. Eager to learn all we could before the arrival […]
I knew I wanted to be able to use our beeswax for making deodorant, lotions and salves. But, I had to get it cleaned up a bit. It was currently full of bits of honey and brown hard cappings. I didn’t want that in the wax I was going to use, so it needed to […]
We raise bees on our farm for sale of honey and wax. We make medicinals as well using both honey and wax for organic soap making, salve making and candles. But, sometimes bees swarm. This article covers what a bee swarm is, what it looks like and how you catch it. At HiBar Ranch in […]
It’s that time of year again, honey harvesting at our ranch in Upstate New York. I have to say I can not complain about the beauty we get to behold here while we work the ranch and process the honey. This year is going to be uniquely fun do to the picture below. My bees […]