Healthy Bees

The Newspaper Combination

September 28, 2012 | Healthy Bees

When we asked two of our expert beekeepers to write about getting hives ready for winter, they both mentioned the newspaper method for combining hives. This concept unto itself is important, so here is what they shared. From Master Beekeeper Kent: If the poor colony is joined with another hive, then Read more >

Not-So-Golden Side of Goldenrod

August 29, 2012 | Healthy Bees

This time of year, honeybees are feasting on this nectar-rich plant when available. Their opinion of its golden goodness may not be shared by us humans. For starters, goldenrod nectar can cause a “locker room” smell in the hive. Additionally, if the resulting honey is primarily from goldenrod nectar, it Read more >

Four Steps to Healthier Bees

August 29, 2012 | Michael Bush | Healthy Bees

Editor’s note: Kelley’s Field Day in June, 2012 was delighted to offer the expertise of Michael Bush, well known for his research and extensive knowledge on natural beekeeping. Following is a summary of Bush’s presentation on “Four Steps to Healthier Bees.” Step 1: No Treatments An area of Read more >

To Feed or Not to Feed

August 29, 2012 | Healthy Bees

By Lady Spirit Moon In the fall of my first year of beekeeping, I was instructed to feed sugar-water to my two hives. At the end of winter there were signs of Nosema all over the outside of the boxes and dead bees on the ground in front. I knew something was wrong and deep down knew I was the Read more >