Learn to keep bees!

Learn all of the key steps to beekeeping with Alvéole's team through a series of educational videos and articles.
Spring
Get to know the basic tools
Few tools are truly essential when it comes to maintaining a bee hive. Here are the ones that are key for working in harmony with the bees.
Choose a perfect spot for your hive
Roof, balcony, or backyard-- it's up to you to determine the perfect location for your colony. Here are the 4 factors to consider.
Assemble your beekeeping equipment
Gather all the materials you'll be using and familiarize yourself with the various components of the hive. Make sure you have everything you need before the bees arrive!
Understanding bee stings
An impossible subject to avoid! See why a bee stings only if she has no other choice, and especially when she considers the hive to be in danger.
Transfer the nuc to the hive
Learn the simple yet effective technique for transferring 10 000 new bees to your hive. The secret: stay calm!
Meet the members of the colony
Take some time to familiarize yourself with the different individuals that make up your hive. Brace yourself: the images are breathtaking.
Identify queen cells
See how to identify queen cells at first glance. Most importantly, learn how to distinguish between supersedure cells and swarm cells!
Perform your first spring inspection
It's time to open up the hive for the first time and check out the action on the frames.
Summer
Add a second box
Your colony is in great shape and the season is in full swing-- your bees need space! It's time to add a second box to your hive.
Perform your summer inspection
The days are long and the bees are out gathering nectar. Simply inspect your hive to make sure it's healthy.
Install the queen excluder
Before adding a third box, you must first find your queen and confine her to the bottom-most brood box. Follow these steps.
Check for swarming
Despite your best efforts, your hive may attempt to swarm. To halt their plans, use this complex (but very effective!) method.
Introduce a new queen
Reasons to replace your queen: she's no longer productive; she mysteriously disappeared; or… you accidentally squashed her.
Harvest the honey
In theory, honey can be harvested as soon as the bees cap the cells it's stored in. When a box is full, follow these steps to collect the ripe frames for extraction.
Catching a swarm
Despite being a natural impulse for bees, swarming is not a desirable scenario, especially in urban areas. Experienced beekeepers: here's how to effectively recover a swarm.
Fall
Treat for Varroa
This parasite is an integral part of beekeeping. With this new (and safe!) treatment, it's easy to eliminate Varroa from your hive.
Feed the colony
It's already time to prepare your colony for the harsh months of winter ahead. Here's how to install a feeder pail above your brood box.
Extract your honey
Claim the sweet reward for all your labour: it's extraction time! A fun and instructive activity to share with good company.
Overwinter your hive
Canadian winters being what they are, it's best to insulate your hive against the extreme cold. Here's how to find a suitable overwintering location to wrap up your hive.
Divide the hive
In spring, dividing the colony may thwart their plans to swarm. Just follow this simple yet effective method that doesn't even require much equipment.