Supering, swarms and splits are topics for January meeting


Supering and swarm control will be the focus of the January 2015 meeting of the Blount County Beekeepers Association. The meeting will be Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blount County Library. Carl Burnett, an Anderson County veteran beekeeper, will talk about some of the best practices of modern beekeeping in makingContinue reading “Supering, swarms and splits are topics for January meeting”

How a swarm decides: An NPR story on the democratic nature of honeybees


Thomas Seeley’s book, Honeybee Democracy, describes all sorts of fascinating behaviors of honeybees. None of those behaviors is more interesting than how a swarm of bees chooses a place to live. Here are the basics: Scout bees — older, more experienced bees — leave the swarm to look for a good location. The bees thatContinue reading “How a swarm decides: An NPR story on the democratic nature of honeybees”

World Series time: bees and baseball


For baseball fans — and that would include me — there are two seasons: winter and baseball. That’s like beekeepers. We have winter, and then we have the rest of the year. The baseball season is about to end. The World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals begins to night.Continue reading “World Series time: bees and baseball”

BCBA members report on their honey harvests


We asked our members to report to us on what kind of a honey harvest they had this year. Here are some of the responses: Charlie Parton My honey crop was average based on the number hives which survived the winter. A bright spot is that the bees I moved to north Georgia are makingContinue reading “BCBA members report on their honey harvests”

Tale of a new beekeeper: splits, swarms, lots of excitement, and finally some honey


We sent out an email to the BCBA membership last weekend asking about our members’ honey harvest and received a good number of responses. Many of them are posted elsewhere on this site. None were as detailed as the one below from Barbara Maniaci, so here it is in full: Honey harvest…hmmmm…weeelllll……. We had 2Continue reading “Tale of a new beekeeper: splits, swarms, lots of excitement, and finally some honey”

From the Hive Tool: Regional reports from around Tennessee


The Tennessee Beekeepers Association newsletter, The Hive Tool, showed up the other day with, as usual, a wealth of information about beekeeping in the state. We’ll be passing some of it on to you over the next week or two. Here are some parts of some of the regional reports:

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”

From the Sloops in Oak Ridge: Swarming


We’ve all been watching our hive populations explode and we’ve been doing a variety of manipulations in an attempt to keep our colonies more or less intact. I began expanding my healthier colonies beginning Feb. 5 – starting with expanding the brood areas, adding supers, and rotating boxes every 7 – 10 days.