FAQs

When you’re making a split, why don’t you instead take the existing queen to the nuc box?

May 29, 2012 | FAQs

Q: When you’re making a split, why don’t you instead take the existing queen to the nuc box? In other words, why not add the (new) queen in the parent hive and move the existing queen to a new hive? Wouldn’t that better satisfy her possible urge to swarm? Beekeeping expert Cleo Hogan fielded Read more >

Do you have any pictures of hives that had the SHB, and what the mess looks like?

May 29, 2012 | FAQs

Q: Do you have any pictures of hives that had the SHB, and what the mess looks like? M. Chlipala A: Readers, can you help us out here? (And if you can, sorry for your loss!) Read more >

My queen isn’t being very productive. Should I requeen?

May 29, 2012 | FAQs

Q: I contacted you (in May) and asked about the shell that might have been for a queen. I hope everything looks okay. I would appreciate any help. My queen isn’t being very productive. Should I requeen? JT, KY A: Because this question came from someone quite close to our Kentucky location, we went Read more >

How do I get the bees to accept a new honey super?

April 26, 2012 | FAQs

Q: I am an 18 year old beekeeper. How do I get the bees to accept a new honey super? I set it up about mid-March. The supers have new wax foundations. The bees are not working up there. The single brood chambers are full of bees. Any help you can give me will be appreciated. A: Kentucky State Apiarist Read more >