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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 […]

Why you should always wear clean underwear when beekeeping!

My mother was right, you should always wear clean underwear….This was my husband’s comment after our latest beekeeping adventure.  According to our friend Bruce, sometimes you need kevlar underwear, and maybe that would have helped in this instance, but only if Neil had been wearing the underwear on his head. The bees in my Aztec […]

Finding clues in brood frames, hive inspection.

First clues to search for in a hive inspection The 1-2-3 of every hive inspection 1) Is there a queen, and does the brood look all right? 2) Does the colony have enough food? 3) Does the colony have enough room? 1) The Queen The top left photo shows capped brood.  Capped brood alone does […]

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 […]

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