FAQs

Will a clipped queen crawl back in the hive during swarms?

January 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q: If a queen is clipped and swarms, will she crawl back in the hive or does she realize she can’t fly? I have two hives that I am in question of whether to requeen or chance it. Read more >

Is there a "bee calendar" that tells us what to do chronologically?

January 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I just love your newsletter—so much good info—esp. for ’begginers’. Now I’m enjoying going back to old issues. The area I feel I need to learn the most is the area of "bee health." If there are any good websites that you know of please send them my way. I am also looking for a ’bee Read more >

Is it worth my effort to plant a patch of yellow sweet clover?

January 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I currently have two hives (with plans to expand to four) on my property (four acres) and am considering planting a small bee pasture of yellow sweet clover near the hives. The hives are located in my small (75’ x 100’) orchard and are bordered on two sides by open meadows.  I was wondering if Read more >

Do alcohol washes or sugar rolls help prevent Varroa?

January 31, 2013 | FAQs

Q: I really loved the article you provided about all natural beekeeping by Lady Spirit Moon. I am interested in her claims that she has NO Varroa because she uses small cell beekeeping. Does she do alcohol washes or sugar rolls to count? The research is mixed at best about small cell beekeeping. I admit that I Read more >