FAQs

What causes burrs and cross comb irregularities?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: A reader shared this picture, wondering what caused it. In answer to that question, Tskwolek emailed: A: My speculation is that it is due to trying to draw foundation using 8 or 9 frames in a 10-frame hive body. I use frame spacers, but when I use 9 frames in a 10-frame super, the burr and cross Read more >

I would like to learn more of bees and GMO corn.

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I recently went to your website and am amazed at the information provided. I was reading the Natural Beekeeping article and noticed the issue of bees and GMO corn. I would like to learn more of how they are affected; this is the first time I have heard of this. We have many blackberry vines and the Read more >

Beet sugar or cane sugar?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: There is much feeding going on this time of year as packaged bees get started. We’ve had a few questions about type of sugar—does beet sugar versus cane sugar make a difference?    We asked Lady Spirit Moon, a regular contributor to our newsletter, her well-researched opinion, which Read more >

How do we place hives to prevent drifting?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: We are second year beekeepers, and after splits and swarms are finding ourselves with four hives. The books seem to indicate a long line of hives is not good due to “drifting.” What do you think of a U formation then? Is it OK to have hives with entrances facing each other? Suggestions? Thanks, Read more >