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Chat with Bee Experts at Select Blain’s Farm & Fleet Stores

Beekeeping is a fun hobby with sweet rewards. If you’re interested in starting your own hive, or you just want to learn more about beekeeping, you can chat with bee experts at the following Blain’s Farm & Fleet locations on Saturday, January 21, 2017. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to start beekeeping. From beehives to beekeeping clothing, you can become a beekeeper right in your(…)

Bees Buzzing at Blain Supply

This past summer, beehives were set up at Blain Supply to help educate associates on the honey bee process and to test out some of the beekeeping supplies sold in our stores. Associates were able to watch the bees’ progress and help extract honey from the hive. We were thrilled to see our hives did so well over the summer and surprised to see them create so much honey their(…)

How to Clean and Render Beeswax

Learn how to clean and render beeswax with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Beekeeping has plenty of rewards: helping the bee population, organic honey and of course, beeswax. At the end of the beekeeping season, you’ll probably be left with plenty of beeswax. By learning how to clean and render beeswax, you can have clean beeswax that’s ready to use for lip balms, candles and more. Follow these(…)

How to Combat Beehive Robbing

Learn how to combat beehive robbing with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Beekeeping is the fun hobby with sweet rewards. However, sometimes a beehive can be attacked by invader bees from another hive, which is called beehive robbing. Learn how to stop invader bees from robbing your hives with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. When Invaders Attack the Hive Invader bees will typically attack a hive(…)

When to Feed Your Backyard Bees

Learn all about feeding your backyard bees with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Considering that bees feed on plant nectar, you’d think you wouldn’t have to feed your bees. You should not feed your bees while bees are in honey production or you have honey supers in place. However, sometimes there are circumstances where your bees will need your help. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn(…)

Why Bees are Good for Your Garden

Find out how your garden can benefit from backyard beekeeping. With backyard beekeeping, you get the sweet rewards of homegrown honey and beeswax. But did you know that your flower and vegetable gardens can also benefit from beekeeping? With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn about why bees are good for your garden. Masters of Pollination Bees are known as nature’s best pollinators. Without them, we(…)

Should I Use a Queen Excluder?

Learn about the pros and cons of using a queen excluder in your beehive. When it comes to beekeeping it’s important to know about all the different pieces of beekeeping equipment. From frame lifters to smokers, every piece plays a role in successful beekeeping. A queen excluder is no exception. Beekeepers have varying opinions on queen excluders–if they’re necessary or if they’re good for the bees and the hive. With(…)

How to Start a New Bee Colony

Learn how to start your own bee colony with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Beekeeping is a fun hobby with sweet rewards. Whether you’re buying bees for the first time, or you want to expand your hive, you have a few options for starting a new bee colony. Know the Members of Your Bee Colony First, you need to know about the different members of your bee colony.(…)

Local Beekeepers Share Experience at Ottawa, Illinois Store

Members of the Illinois Valley Beekeeping Association met with shoppers interested in beekeeping at Blain’s Farm & Fleet of Ottawa, Illinois on Saturday, January 23. They discussed how those in attendance could start beekeeping in their own backyard.

Where to Buy Bees

To start your beehive, you need to know where to buy bees. Backyard beekeeping is a fun hobby with great rewards like honey and beeswax. With all the right beekeeping supplies, you’ll be well on your way to creating the apiary of your dreams. One of the last things you’ll need? Bees! If you’re new to beekeeping, you may not know where to buy bees. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is(…)


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