Healthy Bees

Mite Collection Request

November 30, 2012 | Healthy Bees

Courtesy of Catch The Buzz Hi all treatment-free beekeepers. How about helping me collect data on the actual mite levels in your hives over the course of the year? Here’s the simple protocol: Alcohol wash is most accurate. Can do with only a level 1/3 cup of bees, which is slightly over 200 bees. Follow Read more >

A Taste of Top Bar Hives

November 30, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Camilla Bee, Editor While most readers of this publication work “standard”, Langstroth hives, more and more folks are working top bar hives (TBHs). We’re discussing them again now, as this is the time of year when many folks are considering how they might expand their apiary next year, or are Read more >

The Critical Fall Inspection (for Texas / Southern Climes)

October 25, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Dennis Brown Winter is upon us and the beekeeper’s most important activity of the year is here: the fall inspection. What you do in the fall will determine how successful you will be in the spring. If you perform a good fall inspection, you will limit the number of losses you will have from winter. If your Read more >

Storing Supers for the Season

September 28, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Camilla Bee, Editor If it was a good year, you pulled honey. Perhaps you pulled early summer, and the honey supers went back on the hive for refilling. (Drawn comb makes honey happen so much faster!) Perhaps it wasn’t until the end of the season that you removed supers, and perhaps they weren’t Read more >