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Beekeeping on a Texas Homestead

Wordless Wednesday: Beekeeper’s Delight

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A honeybee foraging on blossoms is every beekeeper's delight. We can't wait for our first honey harvest! Stay busy, girl! #TexasHomesteader

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!


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Beekeeping: Catching A Bee Swarm In A Tree

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RancherMan came in from the pastures & told me it was time to suit up, we’ve got a bee swarm to catch. Woo-hoo! 

Apparently he saw a swarm of bees about 15-ft up in a tree right near our pasture gate. We’ve never captured a swarm before so here’s yet one more opportunity to learn something exciting about beekeeping! And maybe get to add a new hive of bees to our group as well.

We recently got the opportunity to catch a bee swarm high up in a tree. But we were able to capture it from the ground! #TexasHomesteader

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Beekeeping: Doing A Walk-Away Hive Split

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When RancherMan & I first started beekeeping, we found a local beekeeper who sold established hives. Her hives were sold complete with a deep hive box containing frames of honey, brood, bees and a queen.

It’s recommended that you have a minimum of 2 hives so we bought two and started our new beekeeping endeavor.

There are many ways you can obtain your first set of bees. You can buy a Nuc which is a queen with a small amount of bees. Or you can buy a package of bees to put into a full hive box. Or, like us, you can buy established hives.

But sooner or later there comes a time when you’ll need to perform a split. That’s when you split one hive into two. There are several ways to do that, today I’m talking about a walk-away split,

Our hives made it through the winter fine. Now that spring is around the corner production is ramping up. It's time to do a hive split! #TexasHomesteader

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Just 3 Ingredients to MYO Natural Beeswax Lip Balm!


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This natural lip balm is made in minutes using beeswax to soothe & protect your lips. It really couldn’t be easier – only 3 ingredients! I can tint it with a bit of lipstick. Check it out, y’all.

Beeswax Lip Balm. She uses beeswax to make a natural lip balm in minutes. It really couldn't be easier - only 3 ingredients! Check it out, y'all. #TexasHomesteader

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Beehive Maintenance: Varroa Mite Treatment

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Varroa Mites are a constant problem in beehives all over America. They are a small parasitic mite that will attach to the bee.

A female Varroa mite will enter a bee’s brood cell before it’s capped and lay her eggs there. By the time the bee emerges from her cell there are several mature Varroa ready to continue wreaking havoc on the hive.

The mite is large enough to see with the naked eye but DANG they’re still very small!  But detection & treatment is important so into the hive we go!

Varroa Mites are a constant worry in bee hives. Detection & treatment is important see how we treat Varroa mites #TexasHomesteader

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