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.
Wax your plastic foundation for quick comb-building! Good experiment here.
and I have deliberately placed after the Varroa information:
And… another post on how to do a good post mortem if you have winterkill.
Using Krabby Patties for winter feeding.
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.
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
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.
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
(although I confess I still prefer the old bottle-and-sponge queen catchers, below)
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.
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):