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Why not put a queen separator under the box to prevent swarms leaving?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. One of my swarms left a day after I brought them to their new home. What do you think about putting a queen separator under the box to make sure they don’t take off? A. Some beekeepers recommend that, but there’s risk. A swarm is often composed of multiple swarms—a large primary one with Read more >

Any issues with the plastic queen excluders?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. Has anyone had any issues with the plastic queen excluders such as lower production for the supers after the excluder? Maybe the workers can’t get through with the pollen? Also, are screen inner covers that helpful during the summer months? Thanks. —David C. A. Beekeepers are divided on the Read more >

When would be the latest to remove the old queen?

June 28, 2013 | FAQs

Q. I live in Broken Arrow, OK. When would be latest to remove the current queen to allow bees to create a new queen and expect proper mating? —K. Sinclair A. We caught up with Kentucky senior beekeeper Joe Taylor to answer this one, who summarized with “as long as there are still plenty of drones of Read more >

Honeybees, Opportunities, and Hive Monitoring Systems

June 28, 2013 | Beeyond Beehind The Hives

By Anne Marie Fauvel, fauvela@gvsu.edu Affiliate Professor at Grand Valley State University, Michigan I became interested in honeybees a few years back. In fact, people around me say I have become obsessed with them. It began as a hobby but these fascinating insects quickly took over my life, as I am Read more >