Tag: bees

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