Healthy Bees

Drone Comb for Mite Minimization

May 29, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Camilla Bee, Editor A senior beekeeper at Field Days last year told me all colonies have mites in this beekeeping era. The problem is when the mite population gets out of control. I scoffed. Convinced I couldn’t possibly have mites in my hives, last summer I randomly did a check to prove myself right. I Read more >

Helping Bees, Beyond Beekeeping

April 24, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Camilla Bee, Editor If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in bees, or at least interested in food, as bees are essential for much of what we eat. You probably want to help bees. While beekeeping is a great way to support them, it isn’t practical or possible for everyone. Here are Read more >

Doing it Write, an Update

April 24, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Camilla Bee, Editor Due to one of the warmest “winters” on record, activities in most apiaries charged forward like Derby horses. The bees are busy; you’ve been busy—are you tracking critical hive information like you should? Chances are, you’re not. (Come on over and stand in the long line Read more >

Queen Acceptance

April 24, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By James C. Bach Editor’s Note: A few months ago we received some very interesting feedback from an expert about the group of queen pictures we ran in our March issue. We corresponded a bit and are delighted to share some of his knowledge about the importance of the queen’s acceptance in the Read more >