Rule 2 – Good Genetics
The fundamentals of this rule are simple. Accomplishing them is somewhat more difficult, but you have to have a goal. You can raise your own queens to meet these standards or find a breeder and producer that is already doing it. But leaving things to chance is not going to [...]
by Toni Burnham
City beekeepers often worry about the resources surrounding our bees. Well, here is another reason to take heart! We live in a 360 degree, 365-day-a-year throng of interesting and active people and all their assets, skills and interests, many of whom are ready to become willing collaborators. The Friends of Beekeepers [...]
Picking up where we left off with Good Queens, the next obvious piece of this is that good queens should be healthy beyond belief. If they were raised in luxury this will probably be the case when you get them (or when you have finished producing them), but…and this is a big factor in what’s [...]
10 Rules of Modern Beekeeping
There are, I’m certain, far more than 10 rules that you can use to guide you through the common and mundane, the exciting and dangerous, and the curious and wonderful aspects of keeping bees. That is why this isn’t called The 10 Rules of Modern Beekeeping, just 10 of them. [...]
It’s been a hard autumn this year. A long, but not particularly difficult recovery from back surgery last fall kept me at mostly three quarters speed during spring and summer, which isn’t a bad thing…when you get tired nobody complains when you want to sit and have a cool one for a bit. They take [...]
As the days grow cooler, the flowers are slowly disappearing from the landscape along with the pollen sources.
Feeding a dry pollen at this time gives the bees a little buffer going into winter. Right now I am open feeding Mega Bee and Latshaw’s Bag o’Bee Food. As you can see [...]
This year I have a new type of bee hive…Bee Box! It is a high density polystyrene unit. Modern Beekeeping USA was my supplier. I purchased the units at HAS and EAS this year. The assembly and painting were easy with the help of my husband, Chuck.
I am using [...]
by Peggy Garnes
A member of the Medina County Beekeepers had a booming top bar hive that needed to be split before winter and called with an offer to split with a bar exchange…what a deal.
I drove the hour to his house and spent about the same amount of [...]
About 60 yards or so from my house runs one of the many small creeks Ohio seems to have. I live just north of the divide that separates where creeks drain into…Lake Erie to the north, or the Ohio River to the south and east. This creek has a particularly interesting history – well, interesting [...]
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