Healthy Bees

Natural Beekeeping

December 26, 2012 | Healthy Bees

by Lady Spirit Moon There seems to be two definitions of Natural Beekeeping:  The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) program requesting beekeepers be certified by having their hives inspected annually by 2 other beekeepers. The program is called natural because beekeepers use “organic” products in the Read more >

Mite Collection Request

November 30, 2012 | Healthy Bees

Courtesy of Catch The Buzz Hi all treatment-free beekeepers. How about helping me collect data on the actual mite levels in your hives over the course of the year? Here’s the simple protocol: Alcohol wash is most accurate. Can do with only a level 1/3 cup of bees, which is slightly over 200 bees. Follow Read more >

A Taste of Top Bar Hives

November 30, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Camilla Bee, Editor While most readers of this publication work “standard”, Langstroth hives, more and more folks are working top bar hives (TBHs). We’re discussing them again now, as this is the time of year when many folks are considering how they might expand their apiary next year, or are Read more >

The Critical Fall Inspection (for Texas / Southern Climes)

October 25, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Dennis Brown Winter is upon us and the beekeeper’s most important activity of the year is here: the fall inspection. What you do in the fall will determine how successful you will be in the spring. If you perform a good fall inspection, you will limit the number of losses you will have from winter. If your Read more >