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Red Hive Honey

Red Hive Honey Red Hive Honey is a family owned apiary. We produce handcrafted, artisan high quality Wildflower Honey, Honeycomb. No chemicals or antibiotics used on the bees.

Not pasteurized, not filtered natural raw honey. Ask us about Pollination, Sales of Honey Bees

Operating as usual

We have been busy in the last two weeks. Finally the most awaited spring arrived  and we gathered our 🐝🐝 from their wint...
05/13/2022

We have been busy in the last two weeks. Finally the most awaited spring arrived and we gathered our 🐝🐝 from their winter location to start the new season in Minnesota. We were working mostly at night in trenching rain and then more rain here. But today is a beautiful day. Our production hives will be placed to the farms to start to collect the famous Minnesota honey and the Nuc sales is ongoing to fulfill other beekeepers needs weather they are the experienced ones or the first timers.
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Happy Mothers Day to All the Mothers! You are the Queen Bee of your hive.
05/08/2022

Happy Mothers Day to All the Mothers! You are the Queen Bee of your hive.

Today is The Earth Day. One day for tomorrow. One day to remind us to preserve,  and protect our environment. Humans hav...
04/22/2022

Today is The Earth Day. One day for tomorrow. One day to remind us to preserve, and protect our environment. Humans have an obligation to take care of the Earth, and to share its resources equally. "The things of nature do not really belong to us, we should leave them to our children as we have received them.” (Oscar Wilde)

Happy Easter Everyone!
04/17/2022

Happy Easter Everyone!

It was 86 degrees today and in the bee suites it felt like 100. We are in Texas doing the spring work with our bees, mak...
04/11/2022

It was 86 degrees today and in the bee suites it felt like 100. We are in Texas doing the spring work with our bees, making them ready to head back to Minnesota in a few weeks. The bees look great. We were working with the splits and we made Nucs. .

Happy International Women's Day to all the incredible women!
03/08/2022

Happy International Women's Day to all the incredible women!

Come and see us this Saturday at the annual Foley Business Expo. You can ask questions about our upcoming Nuc sales and ...
02/09/2022

Come and see us this Saturday at the annual Foley Business Expo. You can ask questions about our upcoming Nuc sales and place your order. You can also pickup some honey and refill your supply.
Saturday February 12 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Foley High School Gym. See you there!

We can't agree more
02/02/2022

We can't agree more

Got the sniffles?🀧 There’s an easy, natural way to give your immune system a boost!

Raw honey is full of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Research even suggests it’s an effective cough-suppressant!

Try adding a teaspoon of honey in a cup of hot tea with lemon the next time cold symptoms strike you to get some relief.🍯

You can know you’re using pure, raw, US honey by knowing where it comes from! Buy from your local beekeeper or double check the label when buying at a big store!

Are you a friend of animals? Do you like cats and dogs? Do you like our honey? If your answer is yes you should visit th...
01/21/2022

Are you a friend of animals? Do you like cats and dogs? Do you like our honey? If your answer is yes you should visit the Tri-County Human Society silent auction. There you can bid on a couple of Red Hive Honey products and a lot of other good items to support that great cause. All the proceeds goes to the shelter.
http://www.32.auctions.com./TCHS2022

Have you ever  thought about to make your own Honey? The Nucs are  the  best way to get started. We are here to help you...
01/19/2022

Have you ever thought about to make your own Honey? The Nucs are the best way to get started. We are here to help you. Red Hive Honey is taking orders for the 2022 Nucs.The Nucs are consist of:
- 2 Deep frames of Brood,
- 3 Deep frames of Honey and Pollen,
- 1 laying Queen.
$30.00 non-refundable deposit required per Nuc. Message us for more information.
$150.00

Happy New Year everyone! It is cold in Minnesota but some of us already getting ready for the spring work. Planning the ...
01/17/2022

Happy New Year everyone! It is cold in Minnesota but some of us already getting ready for the spring work. Planning the new season ahead, cleaning, repairing, and replacing equipment. Also, this is the time to place your order for 🐝🐝🐝. We are getting the usual questions from customers who want to start keeping 🐝🐝🐝: Should I buy a Nuc or the 🐝 Package? Here is some insight to help you to make your decision:
I. 🐝 Packages
Package 🐝 made in the Southern States and in California and shipped to North. In the warmer climate the 🐝 hives multiply quickly. The beekeepers pull the frames from the strong hives, shake the 🐝🐝 into a box through a funnel, place a can size of feeder to the middle of the box, in a detached little box they attach one new Queen, and the 🐝 Package is ready to go. The Package 🐝 box doesn’t have frames. (Picture#1; #2.)
After you install the Package 🐝🐝s to your hive bodies the worker 🐝s need to make combs in the new frames, the Queen needs to be introduced to the 🐝s, and if the Queen is healthy, she starts to lay within the next 10 days.
Here are some issues that may arise with 🐝 Packages Purchase: 1. Sometimes the frames are pulled from Queenless hive, and the 🐝s were without Queen for a long time. The hive may not accept any Queens. They usually have a laying worker, and the hive will slowly die out. 2. Package 🐝s are very vulnerable. They arrive to Minnesota in the very early spring. It is still cold here and sometimes there is still snow on the ground no natural food for them for weeks yet. You need to feed and feed and feed.3. The Package 🐝s are not an established colony. They may not like their new home and they swarm.
II. The Nucs (Nucleus Hives)
The Nucs are established miniature colonies consisting of 🐝s in all stages of development, as well as food, a laying Queen, and enough workers to cover three four frames. In the early spring we pull frames of broods from our 🐝hives. Place 2 frame of broods to the middle of the Nuc box, 1 frame of pollen, 1 frame of honey and the inside feeder. The frames are full of 🐝🐝s most of them are the nursing 🐝🐝s. We place a Queen cell to each Nuc box and feed the Nucs with sugar syrup. The Queen cell will hatch in the next couple days and in about two to three weeks the Queen starts to lay in the frames. At the same time the nursing 🐝🐝s are working on the frames of broods. Feeding, keeping them at optimal temperature. As the result, the 🐝🐝s in the Nucleus hives multiply very quickly. We inspect each hive carefully to be sure they have a healthy Queen. When we see they developed, and they are ready to be placed into their final destination we release the Nucs to their new owner. (Picture#3; #4)
So, to summarize these thoughts let me quote one of my favorite movies. Package 🐝🐝s are like a box of chocolate: You never know what you get.
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May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter. Wishing you a very M...
12/24/2021

May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2022.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Please join us on Saturday,  November 202021 in St. Cloud at the River's Edge Convention Center for the greatest show in...
11/16/2021

Please join us on Saturday, November 20
2021 in St. Cloud at the River's Edge Convention Center for the greatest show in Central Minnesota. Start your holiday shopping, support your local businesses. Red Hive Honey will be there from 10 am until 4:00 pm. Meet the Beekeeper! 🐝🐝 Pick up your honey supply before the cold and flu season begins. Ask questions about beekeeping. See you there!

11/13/2021

We are ready for the Holidays. Check out our Holiday selection. Perfect gift for co-workers, teachers, neighbors. We also have a very limited amount of Honey Comb available. Let us know if you need something.

11/11/2021
How to winterize a 🐝🐝 hive The β€œOverwintering” the  🐝🐝hives is a process you actually working towards from the beginning...
10/28/2021

How to winterize a 🐝🐝 hive
The β€œOverwintering” the 🐝🐝hives is a process you actually working towards from the beginning of the season. From choosing the location where you placed your colonies through feeding, inspecting, maintaining them you are ensuring their health and sustainability. There are a few requirements should be met to raise the survival chance in the long Minnesota winters:
β€’ You should have a strong healthy hive,
β€’A young Queen,
β€’Adequate amount of food (at least 80lbs of honey) left in the brood boxes.
We also hope you tested and mite treated your colony for varroa mites as needed.
Equipment you need to winterize the 🐝🐝 hives:
β€’Entrance Reducer
β€’Plug or cork to close the holes at the front of the brood boxes
β€’Moisture board
β€’Tarpaper to wrap the hive bodies
β€’Sugar candy board for additional food
Reduce the Entrance Reducer to the smallest opening. Plug the hole in the bottom hive box, leave the hole open on the top brood box for ventilation and entrance. Remove your top cover and inner cover. Place the Candy Board on a top of your brood box. Place the Inner Cover to the top of your Candy Board than place the Moisture Board on a top of your inner cover. Wrap the hive around with tarpaper. Secure it, so wind or ice won’t tear it down. We staple the whole thing to the wood wear. Cut a hole in the tarpaper in the front at the upper entrance, at the back of the hive at your inner cover side gap. Only wrap the sides. Don’t wrap the bottom and the top of the hives. Put back your top cover and secure it with a rock.
The candy board wood wear can be purchased in b🐝🐝 supply stores. For a 10lbs board this is the recipe we use: 10lbs of sugar, 2 cups of warm water, 1 tsp of white vinegar. You can mix it cold, or you can cook it. In both cases you add the water gradually and keep mixing it until you have a very sticky substance and you can layer it to the board. Let it to dry at least 24 hours. If you decide you want to boil it be sure you don’t go over 240 F.
Yes, to winterize a hive is a lot of extra work and some extra expenses to your budget. When you have a couple of hives to take care of, you can do that. If you manage a number of colonies, you start to think of what else you can do to make it easier on yourself?
When you have a beekeeping question be ready to hear as many answers as many beekeepers you asked. It is no different with how to winterize a hive. The above reading is our suggestion, based on our experience. Feel free to use a different method. The final goal is to find your colony alive when you open your hive in April.

A few weeks ago we started preparing the 🐝🐝🐝 for the winter. On Friday night as the temperature dropped we loaded them u...
10/24/2021

A few weeks ago we started preparing the 🐝🐝🐝 for the winter. On Friday night as the temperature dropped we loaded them up and headed South to their winter home. They were cold, they bearly moved. In Texas the days are still in the 80-es. The Goldenrod is still blooming. The 🐝🐝🐝 will love it. They will be back in the spring just in time to catch the first three pollen. During the winter months we will be traveling to check on them, feed them as needed. Stay with us we will have more stories to share.

Two weeks ago we had a great time at the Foley Octoberfest.  Our next Octoberfest stop will be the Millner Heritage Wine...
10/01/2021

Two weeks ago we had a great time at the Foley Octoberfest. Our next Octoberfest stop will be the Millner Heritage Winery 🍷 this weekend October 2nd and October 3rd.
They will have their annual Grape Stomp and we will be one of their vendor there. We will have our full selection of honey 🍯with us. Join us at this fun event and try out our fresh Honey Comb with their excellent wine as shown on the picture. Grape Stomp, live music, vendor show and much more. See you there.

Traditionally the Ocoberfest starts at the third Saturday of September and lasts for 16 days including three weekends en...
09/17/2021

Traditionally the Ocoberfest starts at the third Saturday of September and lasts for 16 days including three weekends ending on the first weekend of October. Started 211 years ago in Germany and became one of the most popular celebrations in the German culture. Join us to continue this fun tradition on this Saturday, September 18 in Foley, in our hometown at the Lions Park Ocoberfest.
Red Hive Honey will be there from 1:00 to 6:00 pm. We will have our newly harvested Honey and fresh cut Honey Comb. The Honey Comb will have a special Hometown price only tomorrow, only at the Ocoberfest! See you all tomorrow!

The harvest is underway and we are hoping to finish it this weekend. The honey crop looks great. We already have some fr...
09/03/2021

The harvest is underway and we are hoping to finish it this weekend. The honey crop looks great. We already have some fresh products available. Let us know if you need any.
Have a relaxing long weekend friends!🐝

We are at the MNL Wildflower Farm today Today is the National Honey 🐝 Day and today is the Blazing Stars & Soaring Monar...
08/21/2021

We are at the MNL Wildflower Farm today Today is the National Honey 🐝 Day and today is the Blazing Stars & Soaring Monarch Day on Hwy 95 in Foley. There are a lot of people here today to see the Butterflies and the Bees. The University of Minnesota Bee Squad, the Minnesota Zoo, the Monarch Joint Venture are also here to answer for questions someone might have. Come and see us and try our fresh cut Honey Comb.

Worth to read.
08/19/2021

Worth to read.

Let’s beekeeping it real: this isn’t a glamorous job.πŸπŸ™Š

Beekeepers often get up before sunrise, work all day, and don’t quit until well after sundown.

Bee suits are HOTβ€”even ventilated onesβ€”and the more you sweat, the heavier they become. The bee suits often chafe elbows and knees and sometimes bees still find their way inside to deliver a sting!

Beekeepers get stung all the time. Yes, it hurts! Yes, you can build up a tolerance to it or go long periods without getting stung, but it’s ultimately unavoidable.

You are likely to encounter more wildlife than just honey bees in the bee yard. Snakes, giant spiders, turtles, deer, raccoons, and sometimes bears have been known to make an appearance!

Most people who pick up a jar of your honey won’t have any idea the amount of effort it took to bottle and get it in their hands. They’ll only see a pretty label and that golden honey glow.🍯

But we see YOU, beekeeper. We understand how hard you’ve worked! Bee proud!🐝 We sure are.

Black 🐻 is the only species of 🐻 in Minnesota. They live in forests, swamps and other areas with dense cover but will wa...
08/08/2021

Black 🐻 is the only species of 🐻 in Minnesota. They live in forests, swamps and other areas with dense cover but will wander into clearings to feed. 🐻usually try to avoid people, but sometimes come in conflict with humans when they eat crops, destroy apiaries or break into garbage cans. This summer the drought is affecting the food that black 🐻usually eat, so more often they're going elsewhere for food. They follow their noses to locate food sources and honey smells delicious. Below are a few pictures of some of our 🐝 yards that were visited by 🐻. Some of them were so desperate they went through the electric fence.

We are experiencing one of the worst drought in years.  The smoke is so dense from the Canadian fires that the sun is fa...
08/01/2021

We are experiencing one of the worst drought in years. The smoke is so dense from the Canadian fires that the sun is fading away. And it is hot especially in the 🐝 suites The 🐝 don't care. They keep packing the honey. We needed to add additional honey suppers to give them more space. Amazing creatures. We are looking forward to another great harvest. We find Monarch Caterpillar around the hives. Pretty cool. Not so long before we can see the beautiful Butterflies. 🐝🐝🐝

It's raining. We just love it. Everything is so dry like we would be in late August. Looks like even the Minnesota swarm...
07/22/2021

It's raining. We just love it. Everything is so dry like we would be in late August. Looks like even the Minnesota swarm season started earlier this year. It is usually happening mid to late August but we had some fun already the other night.
Catching swarms at 10 o'clock. The Beekeeper and the Farmer were pretty resourceful with that backhoe.😍

Happy Birthday America!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²
07/04/2021

Happy Birthday America!πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²

Happy Mothers Day to All the Moms! Remember how important person you are. You are the Queen at your Hive! Have  a Bee-au...
05/09/2021

Happy Mothers Day to All the Moms! Remember how important person you are. You are the Queen at your Hive! Have a Bee-autiful day!

The days are getting warmer and nicer in Minnesota. It is time to bring back the honeybees from Texas to catch the Minne...
05/08/2021

The days are getting warmer and nicer in Minnesota. It is time to bring back the honeybees from Texas to catch the Minnesota honey flow. We are back to Texas. We have a lot to do, to make the bees ready for the long trip. We have extra help this time. Jake our oldest son is with us. During the day we gather the bees "staging" in each location. At night we load them to the trucks, and transport them to our landing area where we load all of them to the semi truck. If there is anything we don't like about beekeeping this is the one. During the day Texas is getting hot especially in the bee suites. So is time to go home to Minnesota.

We are in Texas working with the spring splits and building Nucs. The bees doing great. The weather is beautiful. 80 deg...
04/10/2021

We are in Texas working with the spring splits and building Nucs. The bees doing great. The weather is beautiful. 80 degrees, sunny and blooming flowers everywhere. What more Minnesotans can ask for? Good luck. Wish us a good luck so our work turns out to be fruitful and we can return healthy bees to Minnesota in the beginning of May.

We just call it Blazing Star.Great for cut flowers and long lasting color in the summer garden. They attract bees and bu...
03/19/2021

We just call it Blazing Star.Great for cut flowers and long lasting color in the summer garden. They attract bees and butterflies like a magnet. Makes flavorful delicious honey. One of our favorite plant around our bee yards.🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

Who’s ready for spring seeding?! Here we’re adding Liatris ligulistylis (Meadow Blazing Star) to a seed mix order. Have you added this magnet to your native planting yet?

03/12/2021

Can you see the white pollen on their legs?
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The overwintered hives look awesome.  Getting ready to make Nucs an splits.
03/12/2021

The overwintered hives look awesome. Getting ready to make Nucs an splits.

Today is the International Women's Day. Let'sCelebrate it with an article about Women in Beekeeping. For all the women o...
03/09/2021

Today is the International Women's Day. Let's
Celebrate it with an article about Women in Beekeeping. For all the women out there:
May you be treated like the bee hives treat their Queen Bee.🐝🐝🐝🐝

Women in Beekeeping
1917 - Beekeeping Class For Women.
Follow: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History
This class in beekeeping has mastered the first lesson in the business -have no fear. Though one of the women in the front row has a bee on her cheek she is calmly awaiting the click of the camera.

Source:
The Country Gentleman, October 27, 1917. Page 16

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