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How To Trapout Honeybees

Sometimes you have a situation where doing a cutout (removing bees and comb) isn't practical because of the location of the hive. Maybe you have a business and can't afford to close for the amount of time it takes to remove a colony from the wall and make the repairs. You could also have a historic building or just don't have the access. In these cases a trapout is going to be your best bet. … [Read more...]

2010/2011 Winter Honey Bee Losses Down

Released May 23, 2011 by Extension.org WASHINGTON — Total losses from managed honey bee colonies nationwide were 30 percent from all causes for the 2010/2011 winter, according to the annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA). This is roughly similar to total losses reported in similar surveys done in the four previous … [Read more...]

Queen of the Sun

I found an interesting review on the Queen of the Sun by Bonnie King at Salem News In Oregan, I thought you might enjoy reading. The link to the full review is at the bottom: In Oregon, honeybees have been long respected as an integral part of the food chain, as they are in other "bread basket" areas. Mother Nature mandates that pollination occur for crops to produce at any reasonable level, … [Read more...]

The Mystery Of The Empty Cell Solved

There has been a new discovery in the world of beekeeping that may change the way you think about your queen. Until very recently empty cells in a bee hive were generally thought to be a negative thing. Beekeepers have puzzled over the function of these seemingly useless empty nooks thinking that they surely must be some sort of problem with the queens ability to lay eggs. But, with the advent … [Read more...]

TBH vs Standard Hives, which one is right for you?

I get asked all the time which is better, standard hives or top bar hives so I thought I would write a little about both and let the user make the determination on which is right for them. You see, it's not so much a question of which one is better, but rather which one is right for you. Removable Frame Hives The Langstroth (standard) hive was developed by apiarist, clergyman and teacher … [Read more...]

Urban Beekeeping for the Beginner

Keeping bees in an urban environment has been getting more and more popular lately. Cities are rethinking and changing laws when it comes to beekeeping within city limits. Have you been thinking about starting a hive in your backyard? Urban beekeeping presents it's own set of problems that must be addressed by the beekeeper before starting the project. Although the extra steps can be tedious … [Read more...]