How to Play Beekeeper

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How to Play Beekeeper
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Order your bee boxes. Manlake.com is where I got mine

Order your bee boxes. Manlake.com is where I got mine

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Build your bee boxes and the 10 trees that slide in with a hammer and a nail

Build your bee boxes and the 10 trees that slide in with a hammer and a nail

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Put on your bee suit

Put on your bee suit

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Put on your gloves and your best kicks (actually, ideally wear boots)

Put on your gloves and your best kicks (actually, ideally wear boots)

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Don't let the bees out until you are suited up. Think about the bees flight path with your bee keeping mentor (an experienced bee keeper who is going to help you keep bees)

Don't let the bees out until you are suited up. Think about the bees flight path with your bee keeping mentor (an experienced bee keeper who is going to help you keep bees)

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Start to look for the queen

Start to look for the queen

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Carefully remove the top cover. Don't smash any worker bees or drones if possible

Carefully remove the top cover. Don't smash any worker bees or drones if possible

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Amazing!

Amazing!

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Look for the queen carefully. You lose her, youose the hive

Look for the queen carefully. You lose her, youose the hive

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Gently pry open the slats. You may need to carefully cut crosscomb (comb connected between the trays) to free up the slat for removal and inspection

Gently pry open the slats. You may need to carefully cut crosscomb (comb connected between the trays) to free up the slat for removal and inspection

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Carefully withdraw the slat

Carefully withdraw the slat

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Look for the queen

Look for the queen

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Carefully cutting crosscomb

Carefully cutting crosscomb

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Queen! Where are you!?

Queen! Where are you!?

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Use a mentor!

Use a mentor!

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Found her!

Found her!

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She is golden brown, doesn't have stripes and has a larger body. See if you can spot her.

She is golden brown, doesn't have stripes and has a larger body. See if you can spot her.

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See her now?

See her now?

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Add your new bee box to the top of the one carrying the queen and her hive. These first two boxes are for the bees. Add boxes as they build out the comb. You can harvest anything north of the bottom 2

Add your new bee box to the top of the one carrying the queen and her hive. These first two boxes are for the bees. Add boxes as they build out the comb. You can harvest anything north of the bottom 2

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Eat the honeycomb!

Eat the honeycomb!

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

Plant pretty flowers and flora for the bees to forage

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Buzz some 2x6

Buzz some 2x6

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Make a nice stand that is wide enough for two boxes

Make a nice stand that is wide enough for two boxes

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Smear petroleum jelly on the bottom of the legs of the stand to prevent ants from crawling up to the hive and stealing the honey!

Smear petroleum jelly on the bottom of the legs of the stand to prevent ants from crawling up to the hive and stealing the honey!

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Wear your bee suit!!

Wear your bee suit!!

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Ta dah!!! Remember: don't move the hive any more than 2' at any one time, else it must be moved a minimum of 2 miles. The little bees must reset their GPSs and Google Maps they are not!

Ta dah!!! Remember: don't move the hive any more than 2' at any one time, else it must be moved a minimum of 2 miles. The little bees must reset their GPSs and Google Maps they are not!

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