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

Do I Need Beekeeping Insurance

Want to poke at a hornet’s nest? Ask a half dozen insurance agents about insurance for beekeeping! I did almost ask a half dozen. Their answers were varied, ambiguous, contradictory, and often confusing. That’s not the fault of the agents

Winter Ventilation

By Charlotte Hubbard Like many women, I have trouble keeping warm. I also live in Michigan, where most people have trouble keeping warm at least a few months out of the year. Unfortunately, that meant I overreacted the first year

How Much Land to Feed One Bee Colony?

Bee on a flower

How much land does it take to feed one colony of bees? Conventional wisdom suggests that to nourish one colony of honeybees it takes one acre of blossoming trees, shrubs, or flowers to thrive. No one really knows for sure,

The Newspaper Combination

When we asked two of our expert beekeepers to write about getting hives ready for winter, they both mentioned the newspaper method for combining hives. This concept unto itself is important, so here is what they shared. From Master Beekeeper