FAQs

Does suspicious fecal matter indicate infected hive?

April 1, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I’m seeing what I would consider a suspicious amount of brown streaking on the outside of some hives I’m working with, but Read more >

Any thoughts on colors or patterns to paint on top of my hives?

April 1, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I am returning to beekeeping at the age of 65 after having been mentored by a General Practitioner, Dr. Andrew Mance, in Oakland Maryland when I was 14 years of age. I continued in my childhood home’s backyard until college and then restarted the hobby in my 30s. The advent of Varroa and hive Read more >

Mountain Camp Method works, but why do bees not first devour their stored honey?

April 1, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Well, that Mountain Camp Method does work! Opened a hive in March, and they were devouring sugar. But why did they not first devour the honey they still have? Misty, Indiana A: They will go to the honey also – they are probably getting some quick carbs because your queen is probably starting to Read more >

Is it necessary to remove worker bees from the queen cage when installing a package?

April 1, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Is it really necessary to take out the attendant worker bees from the queen cage when installing a package of bees, or leave them in? Which is best in your opinion? Thanks for your time. G. Carner A: The queen and attendants with a package have all existed together for a few days; in that case it Read more >