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Welcome to BeeGoods Mercantile! A sweet marketplace of high-quality, “bee-centric” merchandise hand-chosen from American artisans, authors, filmmakers, farmers and manufacturers as well as your one-stop destination for beekeeping workshops, chemical-free bee starter kits, apiary equipment and hive management.  Have a look around and see what the buzz is all about!

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Episode 1 – Is Beekeeping for You?
Episode 1 – Is Beekeeping for You?
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Episode 2 – Meet A Healthy Hive
Episode 2 – Meet A Healthy Hive
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Episode 3 – Your First Bees
Episode 3 – Your First Bees
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Binford Weaver talks about the Weaver family’s beginnings with bees.

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Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock – Daniel Weaver Part-1

Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock – Daniel Weaver Part-1

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Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock – Daniel Weaver Part-2

Bee Breeding for Survivor Chemical Free Stock – Daniel Weaver Part-2

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Lighting Smoker
Lighting Smoker

Being able to light a smoker and keep it lit during hive inspections is vital to good beekeeping practices.  Materials needed:  bee smoker, hive tool, match/lighter, newspaper, twigs, and wood chunks.  Get that fire roaring, close the top, and it will smoke for a good while before you need to add more fuel.

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Small Hive Beetle

Small Hive Beetles or SHB are hive killers and honey destroyers. My knowing what they look like and mashing them when possible you will be helping your hive defend themselves against this nasty intruder. The hive tool has so many uses…

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Queen Cage

Just ordered your first queen and wonder how she will be shipped to you? The most common method is for the queen to be caught and placed in a 3 hole wooden cage, 5-7 attendants are added to the cage to feed and groom her along the way, and then she is ready to be shipped!

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Warning

Honeybees don’t walk around calmly on the comb and then suddenly start stinging. Typically they give you a sign they are feeling defensive before they ever take flight. Watch for them to put their stingers in the air and fan their wings. They are spreading alarm pheromone and it is time to smoke the hive and/or finish up what you started and close them back up.

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Brood, Pollen, Honey

Make sure you have a happy hive by looking for 3 important attributes. Every hive needs brood, pollen, and honey (remember that brood will be decreased or non existent during the winter months). Identify it quickly, and know all is good!

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Sometimes during a hive check you will need to hold a queen. Pick her up by her wings carefully – do not squeeze her abdomen. This could damage or kill her. Queens do sting but their sting does not hurt humans, only other queens. They can also sting multiple times, unlike their daughters.

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