Galena Farms - Articles & Instructions For Beekeeping

The reason you purchase a mouse guard is obvious -- to keep mice out while still letting bees in. Some may ask, are mice really an issue? The answer is a resounding yes! What mouse wouldn't want access to an abundance of honey and heat during the winter? Not only will mice eat your honey, but they'll destroy your comb.

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The Honey Harvest. Everyone looks forward to it, but with it, comes so many questions. When should we harvest? How much should we harvest? Should we harvest at all? You're not the only one asking these questions. In this article, we've compiled our top 10 most frequently asked questions about when to harvest honey.READ MORE

The aftermath of the Varroa Destructor is absolutely devastating. These tiny red parasites plague the honey bee population and can take down a hive in a single year. The worse part about these mites is that you'll never see them unless you intentionally monitor them. In this article, we'll expose these silent killers, teach you how to test for them, and show you how to take back your hive!

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When you see SHB, it means it's time to do something about it. If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile. This is why a lot of this fight is fought through prevention. The first half of this article is dedicated to dodging the problem in the first place. The latter half of the article is focused on trapping and killing the SHB that is already in your hive.

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Collecting the clues, reading the signs & symptoms, diagnosing the problem, and then trying out different solutions. This little puzzle we got going on - that's where the real gratification's at. But, where do you start? What kind of clues are you even looking for?

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Mating, murder, and mutiny. Every royal tale ever told seems to be full of it. The monarchy of a beehive is no exception. This informative account will seize the story behind the honey bees, their 5 stages and the 3 very peculiar lives they live.READ MORE
If you're looking at an online beehive kit like it's algebra, then reading this article will be a perfect guide to get you comfortable with how a beehive works. It explains all the ins and outs of every part of a beehive with great detail. It'll explain what the pieces are, what they're called, what their purpose is, what features you'll want to look for, how they work with the rest of the hive, how some of the experts use them and of course, some secret tricks you wouldn't find anywhere else but here.READ MORE
Second year beekeeping can bring on a whole new set of challenges than the ones you faced last year. Fluctuating temperatures bring timing issues. When to introduce things to your hive is just a crucial as how you introduce them. Giving spring bees sugar water can be more harmful than good. Feeding them pollen can result in famine. Performing certain Varroa Mite treatments can be ineffective. This article focuses on the what, when and how to get the greatest start to second year beekeeping.READ MORE
Choosing where to place a beehive apiary is one of the hardest decisions a new beekeeper has to make. Your bee hives' location depends on how your backyard is set up. Do you have a lot of trees? Are you on a hill? Does your yard stay wet after the rain? There are plenty of elements you should consider. In this article we've compiled the top 10 factors when considering where to place a beehive.READ MORE
In this article we'll dig into the reasons why your honey crystalizes, what you can do with crystallized honey and how to delay it from happening.READ MORE
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