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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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