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Bee Magical Jewelry. I hand-make little bumblebee wish bracelets and sell them to raise awareness for saving the bees! All my materials are recycled for environmental sustainability & 10% of profits goes to charity for the bees (NY BEE SANCTUARY). The envelope contains an information sheet I wrote on how to help and explaining the bees’ critical situation, and a small baggie with pollinator-friendly wildflower seeds. People can order a bracelet on my website for $10.

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Ceracell 2.5 Gallon Top Feeder. This unique feeder is imported from New Zealand and is the newest feeder to hit the United States. There is a limited quantity that will be shipped into the United States so get your order in now before they are all sold. Easy to assemble.

You’ll love how well this top feeder works and the quality of the build that Ceracell has put into this new top feeder!

Extra Heavy Duty with underside ribs for strength. Made from 100% virgin food grade plastic. This comes in the most popular medium size holding 2.5 Gallons. It is a product that stands out from everything else on the market, hence the special corner access system is patented, and we want it to stand out visually as well.

You can use it just with the corners open, with or without corner caps, or you can also add central access.  If you want the bees also have access through the central chimney you will need to drill the size of holes you prefer. We recommend 1/2 inch.  Some beekeepers like large holes, some smaller.  The choice is yours.  Again, you can choose whether or not to use a chimney cap to protect the bees from drowning in the syrup.

You will need a wooden rim to support the feeder.  We supply these too.

Top feeders are great for feeding raw or dry white sugar in the early and midwinter. Feeding in this way, don’t use a “chimney cap” and let the bees range across the feeder.    If using dry white sugar, you may want to add a small damp sponge to the top feeder to give the bees some moisture to work the sugar.

In the late Winter/early Spring you may want to feed a heavy syrup (4.5 pounds of white sugar to one quart of water, heated to fully dissolve). This shouldn’t stimulate the queen to lay and with it being in a top feeder she shouldn’t sense too much the sugar coming in. When feeding in this way, use a chimney cap to restrict the bees and prevent them from getting out in the bulk of the liquid. This will minimize drowning. If you don’t have a chimney cap, you can fill the feeder with pebbles, or twigs.

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The Frame Vault was born out of the necessity to protect frames with drawn comb during extended storage.

The honey bee works extremely hard to draw wax comb out each year. Therefore, it is essential, after the honey is extracted or brood boxes removed, that the frames be protected from insects like the wax moth.

Most experienced beekeepers know that it does not take the wax moth long to destroy what the bees work so hard for. It is estimated that it takes 8lbs of honey to create 1lb of wax. Personally, I learned that I get a better return during a nectar flow when I add a super that already has drawn comb. The frame vault allows the beekeeper to store their frames with confidence, that their frames will be protected.

Other ways to protect comb:

  • Use chemical crystals.
  • Freeze the frames.
  • Store the frames in garbage bags.

All these methods work to some degree but have drawbacks that can harm bees or require lots of space.

The Frame Vault system takes all these limitations into consideration.

It is highly recommended that the frames be frozen for at least 48 hours. After the frames are removed from the hive or the freezer, they are placed in a brood box or honey super in conjunction with The Frame Vault.

The Frame Vault consists of a set with a lid and a base. The base is made of wood, with ventilation slats cut into the bottom. The lid is also made of wood, rests on top of the boxes to create a seal from top to bottom. Both the base and the lid contain a very sturdy stainless-steel screen mesh. This allows for adequate ventilation while keeping the wax moth and other insects out.

One of the greatest attributes of the Frame Vault is that it needs no chemicals.

The Frame Vault can also be used when removing honey supers. After the bees have been cleaned off the frames, then the boxes can be stored by using the Frame Vault. This keeps the bees from re-entering the supers so robbing does not occur. We recommend one Frame Vault set per two hives.

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Pierce Beekeeping Equipment, a manufacturer of innovative tools for the international beekeeping community, has expanded its manufacturing operation with a second location in southern CA.  The company, now under new ownership, has increased production of the popular Speed King Electric Uncapping Knife which is sold through distribution to beekeepers all over the world.

Pierce Beekeeping Equipment, established in 1947, is now owned by Anura & Nancy Welikala, who purchased a Speed King Uncapping Knife for their home hive and loved the product so much they decided to purchase the company. Anura Welikala spent 35 years working in the plastic manufacturing business, primarily in medical device manufacturing, and understands the importance of quality products that are built to last. 

Pierce has implemented new equipment, streamlined processes, and hired additional employees in order to increase capacity and get knives into the hands of global customers much faster. Despite all the production improvements the knife’s core components are still produced by hand and the thermostat, in particular, is built to last much longer than cheaper, mass produced thermostats.

Aside from heated uncapping knives, Pierce also manufactures heated scrapers, steam knives, queen tools, and other hive tools for beekeeping.  New products are currently under development and Pierce invites beekeepers to provide feedback on products they would like developed. 

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