• beekeeping since 2014
  • 5 hives total as of Sept 2015
  • 1 hive froze over the winter
  • 1 hive never had a winter as the package of bees may have left the hive or the queen could have left or predators could have destroyed the hive, the package and hive were under one year old
  • the three other hives are active and under one year old
  • would start all hives with the smallest entrance reducer for the first six weeks as did not do this for the one hive that never had a winter. A small hive entrance makes it easier for the bees to defend the hive
  • not happy as of right now with the varroa screens as saw ants climbing up the one screen and it took a while to deter them cinnamon
  • appears for northern Illinois the best beehive would have the American copper top or some type of ventilation at the top and an easy to seal

Beekeeping Movies

  • Vanishing of the Bees (
  • Queen of the Sun
  • Nicotine Bees
  • The World of Bees (
  • Organic Beekeeping 101 DVD by Randy Sue, educational for those just starting out in beekeeping $22.95)
  • Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (DVD natural hive management, practical information, etc. $23,95, also has a book Natural Beekeeping Book by Ross Conrad with alternatives to chemicals $35.00)

Beekeeping Organiztions

Beekeeping Magazines

  • Bee Culture ( – website has a wealth of information and lots of beekeeping books you can buy (1 year $25.00 2 years $48.00)
  • Farming Magazine ( – quarterly publication, sometimes has features and info on beekeeping
  • The Beekeepers Quarterly – has a UK slant for all serious beekeepers
  • American Bee Journal ( The Beekeeper’s Companion since 1861, Free Sample Copy Upon Request 1-888-922-1293 (1 year $27.00 2 years $51.00 3 years $72.00)
  • Hobby Farm Magazine – has articles and even entire issues on beekeeping
  • The Speedy Bee – The Beekeeper’s Newspaper (1 year 4 issues $17.25)

Beekeeping Books

  • The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, With a Guide to More than 30 Varietals (C. Marina Marchese & Kim Flottum)movable frame hive and uniform
  • Wisdom For Beekeepers: 500 Tips For Successful Beekeeping (James E. Tew)
  • The Thinking Beekeeper: Keeping Bees in Top Bar Hives (Christy Hemenway) – only top bar hive book written with northern beekeepers in mind as top bar hives are meant for warmer climates
  • The Backyard Beekeeper’s Handbook (Kim Flottum) – covers marketing and harvesting and more for varietal and artisan honey
  • The Backyard Beekeeper Honey Handbook – covers the cornucopia of honey varieties available, reviews beekeeping basics
  • The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner – as it appeals to gardeners, crafters, and cooks $19.99)
  • Better Beekeeping (Kim Flottum) – covers the business and technical aspects of beekeeping, only five chapters
  • Backyard Beekeeper (Kim Flottum) – latest edition covers urban beekeeping and Colony Collapse Disorder
  • Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health (Les Crowder and Heather Harrell)
  • Natural Beekeeping, Revised and Expanded Edition, Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (Ross Conrad)
  • Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities (Luke Dixon)
  • First Lessons in Beekeeping (Keith Delaplane) – for beginners
  • The Barefoot Beekeeper (Phil Chandler) – makes case best thing to do for varroa would be nothing and let natural selection play out for the next years even if it means beekeepers losing most of their bees

Beekeeping Supplies

  • BeeSmartDesigns – have a insulated hive cover that provides passive ventilation and protects again water and a stand cover made in the USA of recycled materials
  • – honey processing equipment
  • – frames, boxes, covers, hive stands and more
  • – Fixit (r) for repairing cracked, chipped or rotted frames
  • – USA manufacturer, sturdy frames available in standard, heavy, extra heavy, plastic frames and foundations
  • – photo and video updates, helpful hive hardware inventory
  • – flashes to keep away predators at night
  • – polypropylene hive bodies, in hive feeders, everything made in USA
  • – beekeeping supplies and more
  • – beekeeping supplies and more
  • – like the beekeeping products sold here
  • – beekeeping books
  • – have a more durable rabbet, to prevent box breakdown and damage
  • – sugar lump winter feeders and weatherproofed spacer rims
  • – beekeeping and orchard forklifts
  • – beekeeping forklifts
  • – plastic frames and foundation
  • – Natures Own Design Apiary Products, sell Bee Cozy hive wraps

Beekeeping sites

  • – users can redeem a code from Cascadian Farm products. For every code redeemed, Cascadian Farm will donate $0.50 towards one of three bee-related causes, such as planting wildflowers, up to $150,000.
  • – regular beekeeping blog posts by retired Kentucky apiarist Phil Craft
  • – University of Montana School of Extended & Lifelong Learning master beekeeping certificate
  • – Oregon State University master beekeeping certificate
  • – helps deter night predators away from beehives
  • – have great online beekeeping videos
  • – will buy bee pollen, propolis, can send them your scrapings, they sell pollen traps, US Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis Extract, Phone 1-800-875-0096, Call for prices,
  • – track hive inventory
  • – Monsanto Honey Bee Health
  • – American Honey Producers Association, working for research advancements, national honey standard of identity, streamlined H-2A processing and more, holds conventions
  • American Beekeeping Federation –, register by October)
  • and are a few organizations focused on honey bee research
  • – National Honey Board online site