Resource Page & Equipment Picks


Whenever you are out of your depth, stumped, puzzled, or frustrated as a beekeeper, consult some resource persons or sites. Bee clubs often offer mentor programs, and monthly educational presentations.

And there is a wealth of information online!

First year care of your new colony, thanks to Randy Oliver.

A wealth of bee education, here!

And here!

Wax your plastic foundation for quick comb-building! Good experiment here.

Detailed, concise Varroa information.

More good Varroa information.

Effects of Varroa on the colony.

and I have deliberately placed after the Varroa information:

How to conduct an informative post mortem on a dead hive.

And… another post on how to do a good post mortem if you have winterkill.

How to set your hive up for winter.

Excellent winter feed technique that can save your bees.

Great blog on making winter candy supplement for your bees.

Using  Krabby Patties for winter feeding.

And….Spring Management technique.

A good method for prepping plastic foundation such that the bees draw it out immediately.

Guide to medications, good info in spite of being advertising!

Great general purpose microscope for those who wish to learn to identify their own parasites and diseases.

Exhaustive planting list for the coastal Pacific Northwest…don’t forget the the heather,  catmint and Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)!

Excellent publication on bee nutrition: Fat Bees Skinny Bees, by Doug Somerville (.pdf download)

Also for the PacNW, the BC Apiculture calendar of the beekeeping year.

The Washington state beekeepers’ forum…great place to get answers to your beekeeping questions.

Small Hive Beetle information.

Beginning Beekeeping Handbook, University of Kentucky

Some E-Book links! Thanks to Susquehanna Valley Beekeepers

“Observant Beekeeping” by BC Bee Supply, Ian Fraser

Crush and Strain Honey Harvesting (all the backyard beek needs!) by Linda Tillman

Queen Rearing Calendar Generator

My fave beekeeping videos, from the University of Guelph.

Another excellent bee video channel

And…another (Devan Rawn).



I have tried them all, but this beekeeping tool remains a firm favourite…why? Because the pry bar end actually works! The long and shallow angle is invaluable in gentle, easy prying up of sticky frames, and that means your bees are calmer.

hive tool good pry end
Can be obtained (of course) from Amazon :

My favourite feeder, the Rapid Feeder, it is the bomb!!! Linda Tilman’s blog on this feeder, here.


My favourite outer cover, the Ultimate Hive Cover.


A nice queen catcher, the One-Handed Queen Catcher, well made and easy to use! photo below

one handed qc

(although I confess I still prefer the old bottle-and-sponge queen catchers, below)

queen catcher

My very favourite bottom board, the durable and brilliant Country Rubes Screened Bottom Board, note it can be adapted to 8 frame boxes: they also have a kickass robbing screen and a small hive beetle refit available.

country rubes bottom board


Observation hive! By Greg S. Long of Corvallis, Oregon. Beautiful woodwork.

And…get a nice tote for all your hiveside beekeeping stuff (especially your Epipen and charged cell phone):

tool tote 1













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