Yes, we are here!

At GRIT and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-866-803-7096 or by email. Stay safe!

The Buzz about Beekeeping Equipment

| 4/6/2009 5:19:02 PM

Doug FulbrightThis time we will look at the equipment we use to house the bees. First I will list the equipment we are using to start up these new hives.

The type of bee is Russian. Their main traits are: very resistant to the mites, fast build up in the spring, slow down raising new bees when food supply slow down, gentle to handle, winter in smaller clusters there by needing less food.

The hive body is a polystyrene hive box by BeeMax.

Bee keeping equipment

It is 1 ½ inches thick with an R value of at least 3 which will help the bees just like insulation in our walls helps keep our houses at a constant temperature. I will have one hive of wood, since it was cheaper and I hadn’t planned on three complete hives this year. I will wrap it next winter though.

More bee keeping equipment

Dennis Robbins
4/25/2009 3:47:59 AM

On you painting your hives a different color to keep them from drifting or what ever quit wasting your time doing that. Bee's mark their hive-spot magnetically. You won't read this in any book but I have found this out for myself. I had twenty hives along a fence row and I took the end hive and moved it three feet more to the end. It was still the end hive, well in a little while there were hundred of bee's flying around not going into the end hive which was thier home. I moved the hive back to the exact spot where it was before and wow what a charge in all the bee's to come back home. Some time latter I read in the American Bee Journal the a very small part of the bee brain has a small amount of magnetite. I have also read some time later after I read that about birds having the same magnetite in their brains. You watch the new bee's flying in circles out in front of the hive before leaving and you watch a homing pigeon when you take him twenty miles from home and then let him go. He or she will circle a few times and then fly right back home using the magnetic field of the earth. So it is up to you what you want to believe. As for me a believe in a creator, all of nature tells me this. Thanks for reading this message. Dennis

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters

click me