Healthy Bees

Split Insights

April 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Cleo Hogan I would never let my hives swarm and attempt to catch swarms for a variety of reasons. First, the parent hive will very nearly split evenly, leaving as many bees behind as leaves. This gives you two even hives, but, one has an old queen most often at the end of her productive life, not a good Read more >

Why You Need a Double Screen

April 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

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Biological Control of the Small Hive Beetle

April 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Ol’ Drone Among the many diseases and parasites that pose health problems for honeybees, the small hive beetle (SHB) is unique and presents control challenges. Most other pests can be treated while they are residing and breeding within the hive, however this beetle reproduces outside the hive and Read more >

Wisdom of Purchasing a Swarm

April 1, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Cleo Hogan Editor’s Note: One of our favorite, very experienced beekeepers, Cleo Hogan, was asked about the wisdom of purchasing a swarm. He shared his answer to “Jake” with us. Thanks, Cleo. Jake, don't take this as criticism of what you did, but you made a bad decision to buy swarms unless Read more >