FAQs

Should I have my queen’s wing clipped?

December 26, 2012 | FAQs

Q: Should I have my queen’s wing clipped? A: That’s a beekeeper preference issue, but Kelley’s doesn’t recommend it. And, starting in 2013, we no longer offer it as an option. This anti-swarm measure isn’t recommended because it is possible the bees may perceive the queen as damaged and may try Read more >

Painting my hives seems wrong and unnatural. What else can I do?

December 26, 2012 | FAQs

Q: Painting my hives seems wrong and unnatural. What else can I do? Melissa, Indiana A: We turned to Kentucky State Apiarist Sean Burgess for an answer, who shared these options: Don’t paint, although the boxes will deteriorate more quickly. A water based stain—rolled or brushed, like Read more >

Can I feed my bees crystallized honey?

December 26, 2012 | FAQs

Q: Can I feed my bees crystallized honey? A: Yes.  Honey is the best thing to feed bees, and there’s nothing wrong with crystallized honey, although sometimes, according to Lady Cerelli, Ambassador for the Center for Honeybee Research in North Carolina, bees will leave the bigger chunks alone or leave it Read more >

What kind of vehicle do I need to pick-up my package of bees in April?

December 26, 2012 | FAQs

Q: What kind of vehicle do I need to pick-up my package of bees in April? A: No special vehicle is necessary. Package bees are in a sealed container. If transporting in an open bed truck, please make sure that the bees have a wind break (i.e. up against the cab of the truck). For those of you picking up Read more >