FAQs

How to return a hive that's been on its own to production this spring?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I have a hive that has been on their own for approximately 6-7 years. The last time I worked the hive I added a second deep brood chamber and two shallow supers. I have checked the weight of the hive each fall just to make sure they have enough stores to make it through the winter. Can you give me Read more >

What should be in a “swarm kit” so you can quickly go if you get a call?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Swarm season is coming. What do you have in your “swarm kit” so you can quickly go if you get a call? We’re putting together a list of what you need to capture a swarm, as well as any helpful hints. A ladder is usually helpful, as evidenced in this photo from Carl. A: Readers? Please email me at Read more >

How much wax (lbs, oz etc) do bees ADD to a ten frame super?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Can anyone tell me how much wax (lbs, oz etc) bees ADD to a ten frame medium (or deep) super with standard wax foundation? Thanks. George M. A: A comb uses approximately 2.6 lbs (more or less depending on if you start with foundation) of wax that covers 100,000 cells (or about 10 frames, depending Read more >

Where can I find beekeeping lesson one?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I'm going into my second year of beekeeping. I have read too much, thought too much, and now decisions are almost impossible. I have found your newsletter invaluable. Particularly your lessons for beginning beekeepers. The problem is I can't find lesson one. Jeffrey H. A: Thanks for the kind words, Read more >