Hive Heating in the Winter

Hives in Winter

By Gary S. Reuter, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota In this article I would like to discuss the factors in a honey bee colony that pertain to winter and early spring. How does a colony make it through the

Tetra-Bee & Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD)

Tetra-Bee Mix

What is Tetra-Bee & why does it require a veterinary feed directive? Tetra-Bee is a strong and effective antibiotic that contains oxytetracycline. It’s recommended to help treat and prevent American and European foulbrood. A Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) is required for

How to Cross Wire Foundation

Cross wiring foundation is a good practice for wax foundation. It keeps the foundation straight for the bees to build comb on and provides strength and stability. At first, cross wiring can be a daunting task, however after a few

Preparing for Winter in Northern, Central, and Southern Climates

Bee brood on frame

Now that you’ve done your fall inspections (if you haven’t, now’s the time!), we’ll cover some more tips and techniques to set your bees up to survive this winter. Please note: Any information or suggestions that we give for what

Clean-up of Hives that Didn’t Survive

Bees die. But spring is the season of renewal. Finding a dead hive is discouraging, but please don’t give up. Bees need us. So what do you do with “dead-outs” as they’re commonly called? Dealing with Dead-Outs First, remove the

Hive Colors & Bears

By Charlotte Hubbard Recently, as I put paint on my hands, jeans, shoes, dog and oh, occasionally a hive body, I thought of a question “newbees” often ask, “How do you decide what color to paint your hives?” After I

Getting Bees Ready for Winter in the Northeast

Hives in Winter

Jack Frost is telling us that the growing season is over and we must prepare the hives for winter. Hopefully we have left enough honey and pollen to carry the bees through the winter until the dandelions bloom next spring.

Drone Comb for Mite Minimization

A senior beekeeper at Field Day one year told me that in this era of beekeeping, all colonies have mites. The problem is what happens when the mite population gets out of control. I scoffed. Convinced I couldn’t possibly have

Dealing with Dead Outs

One of the realities of keeping bees is losing the occasional hive. Through sound beekeeping practices we can minimize these losses—but we will never be able to eliminate them completely. The boxes, frames and foundation left behind are a valuable

About Comb Honey Production

Let’s talk about comb honey! Many beekeepers produce comb honey for a variety of reasons. Mike Palmer of French Hill Apiaries in St. Albans Vermont, told me that cut comb honey is his “cash cow.” Producing quality and attractive comb