FAQs

What’s a normal sized cluster? How big or small can overwinter?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: What’s a normal sized cluster? How big or small can overwinter? Jim D., Georgia A: It depends upon the breed, the colony’s health, and geographic location. Breeds like Carniolan and Russians winter in a much smaller cluster (softball size); Italian will have a much larger cluster—almost like Read more >

Please analyze hive photo and advise.

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Please analyze the photo and advise. Thanks, Jim  A: To us, it looks like typical post-winter debris—chewed off cappings, maybe a beetle or two, some bee parts because they dried up and fell apart, or possibly were maimed during a raid. Without knowing the circumstances (when found, colony alive, Read more >

Do I need to destroy small-cell comb before installing new bees?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Last year I had small-cell bees in a TBH; it died. I want to install bees in the TBH again, but am getting “normal” bees (not small cell.) Do I need to destroy that comb? Kelly, Indiana A: We’ve received a variety of answers to this question. We asked Trevor Qualls, an expert on small cell bees. Read more >

Is there a recommended checklist to help the beekeeper?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Is there a recommended checklist/inspection sheet to help the beekeeper (me) remember everything he/she needs to check for when routinely inspecting a hive? Also for keeping track purposes? Thank you in advance. I will be very happy to obtain such a checklist sheet. D. Ganit, via the internet A: The Read more >