April 26, 2012 | Michael Bush | A Bee Cs

Editor’s Note: Each month, we review some bee basics for our newbee readers. As it’s swarm season, we’ve turned to a couple of experts to review basics. Michael Bush: Swarming 101 Swarming is when the old queen and part of the bees leave to start a new colony. Afterswarms are after the old queen Read more >

Beekeeper Question: What’s This?

April 26, 2012 | Walter T Kelley Co. | A Bee Cs

A relative newbee found this in her second year hive. She assumes it is a group of supercedure queen cells, but wonders why they want a new queen because it is a strong hive. She noted that: A month ago the hive had a great brood pattern extending over 5-6 frames. Now there’s a great brood pattern Read more >

The Honey Bee Family

April 26, 2012 | Walter T Kelley Co. | A Bee Cs

From How to Keep Bees & Sell Honey by Walter T. Kelley A good hive should have approximately 30,000 workers or preferably more. The workers do what their name implies. Each worker bee has a special pouch called a honey bag or sac inside its body and they suck up the nectar from the flowers with their Read more >

Your Honey House

April 24, 2012 | Kim Flottum | Beeyond Beehind The Hives

By Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine and author of The BackYard Beekeeper, The Honey Handbook, and Better Beekeeping. All are available from Kelley’s. Not everyone is a beginner, but beginners seem to get most of the attention. Of course we seasoned beekeepers want them to stay awhile so Read more >