Entries by Tina Sebestyen

What to do with all that propolis!

The easy way to collect clean propolis is to use a propolis trap late in the summer, when bees are already wanting to propolize everything in sight. It looks a lot like a a queen excluder (but different), and fits on top of the uppermost hive body. Once the bees get it filled with propolis, […]

Warm water, and What Not to Do in Your Hives

Winter preparation of hives is the concern on everyone’s mind right now. Hopefully, everything is done already. The brood should be in the bottom hive body, and honey and bee bread consolidated in the box(es) above. The queen excluder should be removed, so that the bees can’t accidentally abandon the queen in moving to upper […]

Fat Winter Bees

We are getting on towards the end of August, and to our bees, it is almost fall. What makes the season “fall” to our honey bees? It is the slow-down of pollen coming into the hive. This change in pollen availability is what triggers our bees to raise the fat bees for winter. What makes […]

Not a Minute Too Soon

Dangers of spring When our bees survive through Feb. we breathe a sigh of relief, but the biggest danger of spring is really only beginning. Honey bees use 1/3 of their honey stores during the winter, and the other 2/3rds are used after brood rearing really begins in earnest. Spring pollen flows trigger the bees […]

On the last warm days

Happy Beeks! I am sure you have all seen that your bees will fly if it is over 45 degrees. That is pretty amazing, since they can’t even move out of the cluster unless it is at least 40 degrees. These bee biology facts help us understand what we can do for our bees, and […]

Oh! The Agony in Beekeeping!

Never Take Anything for Granted I did my mite counts in August, for once, when they should be done.  I was very proud of myself.  Of course you know that the reason for doing counts by mid-August is so that mites can be controlled before the bees begin rearing the fat winter bees.  I did […]

Reverse Doolittle split, best and easiest

The reverse split A better way to split your hives In a reverse split, the queen moves to the new hive location along with almost all of the nurse bees.  The foragers will remain in the parent, or original location.  Many beekeepers currently are doing 50/50 splits, which of course only stay 50/50 if you […]