The Queen and Her Court

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Worker bees tend to the care and feeding of the queen.  The queen busily lays eggs for new workers and a few drones on occasion.  The pink dot is marking paint that the queen breeder applies at the request of the beekeeper.  I prefer mine unmarked.  I can usually see them without the paint and the paint wears off in a few weeks anyway. Now it is time to clear up the common misconception that the queen is in charge here.  It turns out that the...

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“Nurse Honeybees” in Action

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Honeybee hives are building up their numbers as “nurse honeybees” tend to the care and feeding of larvae in the brood cells.  After a sufficient dose of royal jelly, they are capped and the new female honeybees will emerge approximately 21 days from when the eggs were laid by the queen.  

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Natural, Chemical Free Beekeeping

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Did you know most honey is produced in hives that that are directly treated with chemicals and medicines to keep them viable?  Most commercial and even “local honey” comes from hives treated with many of the following: Antibiotics (Tylan, Fumagilin-B, Terramycin, etc.) Formic acid (Mite-Away II) Coumaphos (CheckMite+) Oxalic acid PVC Resin & Fluvalinate (Apistan Strips) AVACHEM Sucrose octanoate [40.0%] (Sucrocide) Thymol (Apiguard, Api...

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