Healthy Bees

Postal Claims and Your Package Bees

April 30, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Stacy Hill, Kelley Employee and Beekeeper Editor's Note: Yes, we ran this article last month. It is package bee season, and we want to make it easy for our customers who have problems to know how to quickly solve them.  If you have ordered package bees and are in postal zones 1-4, your packages 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 >

Hive Body Reversal

April 1, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Dennis Brown, Lone Star Farms,, Author of “Beekeeping: A Personal Journey” and “Beekeeping: Questions and Answers” I’m often asked if it does any good to reverse your hive bodies in the spring? That’s a suggested way to prevent swarming. Most all of the Read more >

Springtime Activities for Bee Health

February 28, 2013 | Healthy Bees

By Gary S. Reuter, Apiculture Technician, Department of Entomology; University of Minnesota In this article I would like to discuss the factors in a honey bee colony that pertain to winter and early spring. How does a colony make it through the cold winter? What are some of the hazards? What can we do Read more >