This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Swarm stand

Now is a good time to look for a deer stand to use as a swarm catching platform. Many outdoor retailers are putting deer stands on sale right now because the hunting season for the most part is over.
 Deer stands work great for a swarm catching platform, some come with ladders to make retrieval easier. Putting a hive box 8 feet off the ground is the perfect height to catch a swarm.
Catching several swarms over a couple seasons should pay for the deer stand with the extra honey a beekeeper could possibly get.