FAQs

Do I need to destroy small-cell comb before installing new bees?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Last year I had small-cell bees in a TBH; it died. I want to install bees in the TBH again, but am getting “normal” bees (not small cell.) Do I need to destroy that comb? Kelly, Indiana A: We’ve received a variety of answers to this question. We asked Trevor Qualls, an expert on small cell bees. Read more >

Is there a recommended checklist to help the beekeeper?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Is there a recommended checklist/inspection sheet to help the beekeeper (me) remember everything he/she needs to check for when routinely inspecting a hive? Also for keeping track purposes? Thank you in advance. I will be very happy to obtain such a checklist sheet. D. Ganit, via the internet A: The Read more >

When do we add the next box to the hive?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: We are first-time beekeepers and are excited about the bees in our 10-frame hive. When do we add the next box? Thanks for getting us going with bees. T. Miller A: When there are generally 8-9 frames “involved with bees,” add another box. “Involved with bees” means drawn comb, or efforts Read more >

Should I use a queen excluder?

April 30, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Should I use a queen excluder? Brian P.  A: That’s an individual preference. Sure, it keeps the queen from laying in the honey frames, but others feel it slows down bees from easily working those frames, and call it a “honey excluder.” To minimize that, one recommendation is that you allow the bees Read more >