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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 […]

Attempting to solve a “hopeless” honey bee problem

I must admit, I have a terrible weakness as a beekeeper. I can never give up. I see my girls trying their best to overcome some hurdle, and I want to help. After all, they haven’t given up.But, aside from ridiculous empathy for my bees, why put time and effort into a (usually) losing battle?  […]

An answer to the big debate, when to vaporize

Several people in my club have asked this question recently…”shouldn’t I wait to use the oxalic acid vaporizer until it is colder?” I wanted to vaporize while it was warmer, and this is a good chance to learn to think about bees.  Here are the facts we know, and some questions: The bees started making […]

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