by Texas Homesteader ~ Ever since beginning our beekeeping endeavor, I can no longer just merrily bounce across the yard. Now I’m taking very deliberate steps to assure I don’t accidentally step on one of our honey-makers! ~TxH~ (You can see ALL our posts about beekeeping HERE) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ […]
by Texas Homesteader ~ Sometimes your beehives still need to be fed during the winter months. There can be many reasons for this, including a late-season swarm reducing the number of worker bees in the hive, etc. But you don’t want to feed sugar/water syrup when it could freeze. Here’s what we do.
by Texas Homesteader ~ Beekeeping is an ever-learning endeavor. We realize there is still much to learn and we’ll learn more as time goes by. Two very important things we’ve already learned are: Each beekeeper will keep their hives differently in a way specific to their circumstances, and Varroa mites are an ever-present danger for […]
by Texas Homesteader ~ As new beekeepers, it was heartbreaking to see hundreds of dead bees beneath our hives. We didn’t spray pesticides to stop the advance of the Armyworms in our pastures. But someone within a 3-mile radius apparently did. Look at all the dead bees! There’s GOT to be a better way! ~TxH~ […]
by Texas Homesteader ~ Many people are increasingly keenly interested in protecting the pollinators and getting into beekeeping. On this site I share a whole beekeeping series. But in this article I’m sharing how to tell when it’s time to expand your beehive.
~by Texas Homesteader ~ Inspecting Beehives. We have the hives, we have the bees – what’s next? Come with us as we inspect the inside of the new bee hives!
~by Texas Homesteader ~ Last week we talked about the beekeeping preparation steps that were necessary before we ever obtained our first bees. There was lots to do: Educate ourselves on best beekeeping practices, join a local beekeeper’s association, decide where our hives will be located, prepare the location for the hives, obtain the beekeeping […]
by Texas Homesteader ~ *affiliate link RancherMan & I love raising cattle, and we added chickens to the mix because they’re so much fun and, you know, EGGS! But we were wondering what (if anything) we’d like to add to our current barnyard fun. We’d tried raising goats but that just wasn’t for us. But […]