FAQs

Mountain Camp Method works, but why do bees not first devour their stored honey?

April 1, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Well, that Mountain Camp Method does work! Opened a hive in March, and they were devouring sugar. But why did they not first devour the honey they still have? Misty, Indiana A: They will go to the honey also – they are probably getting some quick carbs because your queen is probably starting to Read more >

Is it necessary to remove worker bees from the queen cage when installing a package?

April 1, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Is it really necessary to take out the attendant worker bees from the queen cage when installing a package of bees, or leave them in? Which is best in your opinion? Thanks for your time. G. Carner A: The queen and attendants with a package have all existed together for a few days; in that case it Read more >

How to return a hive that's been on its own to production this spring?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I have a hive that has been on their own for approximately 6-7 years. The last time I worked the hive I added a second deep brood chamber and two shallow supers. I have checked the weight of the hive each fall just to make sure they have enough stores to make it through the winter. Can you give me Read more >

How much wax (lbs, oz etc) do bees ADD to a ten frame super?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: Can anyone tell me how much wax (lbs, oz etc) bees ADD to a ten frame medium (or deep) super with standard wax foundation? Thanks. George M. A: A comb uses approximately 2.6 lbs (more or less depending on if you start with foundation) of wax that covers 100,000 cells (or about 10 frames, depending Read more >