I’m jumping ahead this time but we’ll get back to Rule 3 soon. But this time I’m looking at something more timely…. The Seventh Rule is: Enough Good Food.
I am guilty of not following this rule this past winter. I’ve lost colonies during winters in the past…most recently to issues with queens, and especially [...]
I met Daniel Oduntan, CEO of the Institute of Vocational Bee Craft at the Western Pennsylvania
Beekeepers Seminar on February 15, 2014
He had traveled to the United States to learn ways that we keep bees and how the differences could
possibly benefit [...]
Buried in snow again!!!!
Monday evening snow came again along with the wind. At the house we probably got a good 8 to 10 inches. Coupled with blowing and drifting – it was a mess!
Stayed home and worked on the laptop to stay current. I [...]
Russian Bees Get It Right
A noted honey bee scientist in the U.S. said some time ago he was weary of dealing with Varroa. That he wanted to move on to some real science. The cause of his frustration was that neither he, not any of the scientists were getting anywhere with solving the Varroa [...]
American Beekeeping Federation Conference was held this year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 8th to the 11th. I was truly lucky to attend this meeting and was looking forward to some warm weather but as Mother Nature would have it, the temps there were colder than had been seen in a long time.
Isolation is ideal, and mostly impractical any more. But for some it has worked for years. No new bees in the neighborhood can make it work…but there’s more tools to use when Varroa does, finally, show up…and we all know it will.
So…the second best tool? You know the answer – keeping bees [...]
Pest Management – Rule 4
Although the staple pests and diseases are still with us, and will rise and shine on occasion, the 5000 pound gorilla is and has been for almost 3 decades…Varroa. But it’s more than Varroa really, so much more.
Varroa by itself is still a nightmare, but for just this there’s [...]
by Kim Flottum
Finishing up on Rule 2 about having Good Genetics, we get to the basics…resistant of the common problems, efficient producers, and well behaved.
Resistant…that can be tricky, but almost everything our bees experience can be solved, or at least reduced if the bees have some, not extreme, but some hygienic [...]
by Peggy Garnes
Sunday was a beautiful day for beekeeping in December! 64 degrees registered on the thermometer.
I went out to the bee yard for a spot check and was very surprised with the amount of flight going on.
The styrene nucs were flying and all appears well. I took [...]
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