A panacea for hives with queen problems from Michael Bush

Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper, and strong advocate of non-chemical beekeeping (and someone we have quoted here before), says there is a single solution to almost all queen problems in a hive: There are few solutions as universal in their application and their success than adding a frame of open brood and eggsContinue reading “A panacea for hives with queen problems from Michael Bush”

Key question for beehive location: Any good restaurants around here?

Most people believe — and some research has shown — that the best place for a hive is in full sun, not in the shade. Hives can survive in the shade, of course, but full sun has been associated with a lower Varroa mite population. So if you have a choice, choose full sun. More importantly, hives should be close to a lot of sources of nectar and pollen, so the bees can have plenty to eat.

Bushfarms.com worth a look for beekeepers

Michael Bush, a beekeeper in Nebraska, thinks we should change our attitudes and our practices about beekeeping. He has written a number of books including The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally. He has also put together many of his thoughts into a website that you can find at this address: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm Bush thinks that many beekeepersContinue reading “Bushfarms.com worth a look for beekeepers”

A different view of swarms

Beekeepers spend a lot of mental and physical energy trying to prevent swarms. A hive that swarms is less productive in making honey than a hive that doesn’t, particularly if the swarm occurs during a honey flow. But, maybe we should stop, take a moment, and consider the good that a swarm can do. First,Continue reading “A different view of swarms”

Honey vs. sugarwater

Feeding bees is a complex issue. For the new beekeeper especially, it’s a dizzying array of options and decisions. So, let’s start with a simple principle: The less you feed your bees artificial food (sugarwater), the better off your bees are. Feeding less, of course, means leaving more honey on the hive. That’s hard toContinue reading “Honey vs. sugarwater”

Howard Kerr on bees: They are what they eat

You are what you eat; so are the bees. An egg gets hormone-rich royal jelly for about three days, but then the nurse bees most of the time stop feeding that. If a bee continues to get royal jelly, she could develop into a queen.

Best Beekeeping Practices Q & A: Howard Kerr

In this new series, Best Beekeeping Practices Q & A, we’ve decided to tap into the wisdom and experiences of some of our veteran members of the Blount County Beekeepers Association and get their recommendations for keeping bees in the East Tennessee area. These folks have been keeping bees around here for decades, and they have a lot to tell us. Our first interviewee is Howard Kerr.