FAQs

Beet sugar or cane sugar?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: There is much feeding going on this time of year as packaged bees get started. We’ve had a few questions about type of sugar—does beet sugar versus cane sugar make a difference?    We asked Lady Spirit Moon, a regular contributor to our newsletter, her well-researched opinion, which Read more >

How do we place hives to prevent drifting?

February 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q: We are second year beekeepers, and after splits and swarms are finding ourselves with four hives. The books seem to indicate a long line of hives is not good due to “drifting.” What do you think of a U formation then? Is it OK to have hives with entrances facing each other? Suggestions? Thanks, Read more >

My bees are arriving at the end of April. What do I need to do to get ready for them?

January 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I’m so excited! My bees are coming from you at the end of April. What do I need to do to get ready for them? Cynthia A: Our March issue will cover that with the next article in the series “Thinking About Keeping Bees?” Be sure to check out that article in this issue for guidance on getting your Read more >

How can “liquid” honey resist freezing in the bitter cold?

January 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q: As the mercury dipped down to the single numbers and the blizzard blew snow all over the porch, the honey bears bravely sat there with snow on their spouts. The liquid honey resisted freezing. How can a “liquid” stay that way during the bitter cold? Ol' Drone A: The simple answer: there is not enough Read more >