Vertical Beehives and The Lord of the Rings

Vertical Beehives and The Lord of the Rings OR How Horizontal Beehives Minimize Disturbing the Honeybees This is the 2nd part of the series. The 1st part is here: Vertical Beehives and a Crazy Landlord In Summer we gradually fully fill our horizontal hives with frames – up to 20 frames as the bee colonies […]

Horizontal Hives

Bee-friendly beekeeping – putting the bees first! Insulated Horizontal Hives give our honeybees the best chances to survive harsh Maine winters! We use insulated horizontal stationary Layens-style hives. The extra thick walls of our stationary long, deep horizontal Layens hives are insulated with 1.5” of natural wool providing 6 times the insulation value (R6) of […]

Happy Busy Bees in Horizontal Layens Hive after transfer

HAPPY BUSY BEES IN LAYENS HIVE AFTER TRANSFER FROM A 5-FRAME NUC BOX Bees were transferred to Layens hive May 1, 2022 from a 5-frame nuc box ( see HERE ) from a 5-frame nuc box.  bees are now busily bringing yellow pollen and raising brood. By pollen color and what’s growing around, my best […]

Expanding the apiary

Expanding the apiary Why would the honeybees confuse their hive entrance with that of another hive?This video shows how we have caused a lot of confusion for the bees after we moved our 1st hive 2.5 feet to the right and then added the second hive on the left way too early.In the video, some […]

Bees, Trees and Music

Bees, Trees and Music Did you know that when the worker honeybees are not disturbed, they are buzzing with the sound close to a B natural next to piano’s middle C ?The frequency is: 247 vibrations per second.When the worker honeybees are agitated, they raise their buzzing frequency closer to a middle C (also known […]