FAQs

What do I look for if the queen in the package is dead?

May 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q. As you might know we here in Tennessee had problems with some packages this year. It mostly involved queens. I would like to know what to look for if the queen in the package is dead. Could she have been killed by a virgin queen shook into the package? If so, would her attendants all be dead also? Should Read more >

Why there are queen cells in a new nuc?

May 30, 2013 | FAQs

Cleo Hogan, one of our favorite beekeepers and regionally known expert (as well as an annual speaker at Kelley’s Field Day) shared that he is frequently asked by people who have purchased nucs (from various sources) why there are queen cells/supercedure cells etc. in them. His answer follows. Actually it Read more >

Any advice on screened bottoms and top bar hives?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I enjoy the blog very much, thank you. I’m building a top bar hive (TBH) and I have a question I’ve never seen addressed. Some designs have screened bottoms, some solid. A screen strikes me as a bad idea, any advice? Thanks in advance. Steve A: Screened bottom boards are helpful for at least two Read more >

What’s a normal sized cluster? How big or small can overwinter?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: What’s a normal sized cluster? How big or small can overwinter? Jim D., Georgia A: It depends upon the breed, the colony’s health, and geographic location. Breeds like Carniolan and Russians winter in a much smaller cluster (softball size); Italian will have a much larger cluster—almost like Read more >