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The Renaissance Beekeeper
The Renaissance Beekeeper
The Renaissance Beekeeper is one that works in alignment with nature, and through observation and better management...creates a better life for their bees through their relationship, than the bees would have without them!
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This tier is much like the posts I would make on Facebook. There I would make a daily post, something about beekeeping, what's happened recently, tips, ideas, and much more. This is good for the person that just likes to keep that beekeeping buzz going.

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The Beginner Beekeeper Program--The key to success in beekeeping is to do what needs done, when it needs done, and how it needs done! This tier is designed to keep people on the right trajectory, and posts what to do each week, looks at different forage when it's in bloom, how and when to split hives, and how to keep your hives working well, so they can be ready for winter--all of this and still being Chemical Free! This tier will also have more videos on different beekeeping practices, but geared more to beginner beekeepers.

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This tier covers all of the material in bottom 2 tiers, but also includes the swarm catching methods--from placement, to proper management, bee removals. and how to build our First-Year Swarm boxes and Thriving Hive Box!. You'll have to email for the plans once you join. There will be more videos in this tier on advanced beekeeping techniques and ideas, along with new practices that are not fully tested yet, but can be used by those that have a more advanced skill base. We will also be going more in depth on how to manage your swarms when you catch them, along with the best management techniques for the Horizontal Hives. With this tier, you will also get our E-Book on Swarm Catching, and 10% off Box Kits...if after watching the build videos you decide...the kits would be easier!

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Along with the benefits of Tiers 1-3, this tier allows people to ask 2 questions per month on what they are doing, how to fix problems, etc... This can be very helpful, when you don't know if your location is the best, you have a swarm box that isn't getting any attention, and basically like have an actual mentor to help you keep on track, and how to do things right! This tier also covers the new things that I'm trying during the season that I never mention while in the beta testing phases.

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  • Beekeeping can be easy, you just have to do what needs done, when it needs done, and how it needs done! Most people don't know the what, when or how, but this page will help you to keep your bees on the right trajectory, for the best chances of survival.

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The Renaissance Hive

I've been working on this project for 3 years now, and it's finally ready!  From all of the bees I've removed from man-made structures, I was able to see very clearly that most bee boxes were counter-intuitive to how bees live!  By looking at how bees built it was obvious that they liked to have a separate brood chamber area, and that had to be where they could manage the temperature the easiest.  This also made me look at entrance design.  
Where most entrances are a straight shot in to the frames, this ISN'T how bees do it!  The bees want to be able to protect the colony from invaders, and from the elements.  They also needed a bigger entry to give more bees in the entrance to fan the hive when needed.  This not only keeps the bees working--instead of bearding on the outside of the box, but helps to reduce nectar faster.  I've opened too many dead out hives where the bees had a lot of uncapped nectar, because they couldn't get it all reduced before winter set in!
This box uses 3 types of frames, the single deep Langstroth Frame, the Lazutin Frame for Langstroth type boxes, and double-deep Langstroth frames.  This allows people to easily install a Nuc, the Lazutin frames are for the bees brood area, and allows them to build the comb as they need to, and the double-deep frames are for the honey chamber...so you can easily extract honey in standard extractors, and not have to buy an expensive extractor for frames not used in the US.
The best feature though...the box captures heat from the sun in the cold months, and distributes it evenly through the hive!  Insulation works great at keeping in the heat, but in the winter it also keeps the heat from getting in! This box is designed differently, and where there's now more insulation where needed, there's also a way to let the heat from the sun in to the box on those clear days, that turn in to REALLY cold nights!
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How to Find Places for Swarm TrappingIf you really want to get more calls on swarms, you should l...

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OTS Splitting

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Managing Hive Space

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