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May 29

Digital Moisture Testing for Honey at Half the Price?

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Currently a beekeeper has two choices for testing the moisture content other than guessing.   Use a traditional manual refractometer and estimate the exact percentage or use a more accurate, fast digital refractometer at a cost of $300-$450.   This may change soon with the introduction of a small handheld spectral analyzer.   It’s based on near-IR …

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Apr 26

Drones!

It was a very pleasant day, a bit windy but sunny and in the mid 60’s.  Plenty warm enough to do some quick hive inspections and another round of grafting.  This is the latest in the season it’s been in 10 years before I’ve seen adult drones in the hives.   Not a great number yet, …

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Apr 19

Queen Production Delayed – April Snow brings May Flowers?

Winter has been very long and hard for most beekeepers in Ohio and many of the northern states.    I’m commonly hearing losses in the range of 40 to 90% and beekeepers with many losses occurring in the past 5 weeks.   At Honey Run Apiaries we have not been immune to the arctic winter and record …

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Apr 03

New Online Store

Our old online store has had a good run, but the software is showing its age and we have a lot more product in stock than what was viewable online.   So we’ve taken some time this winter to migrate over to a new online store that will give us more options in the future.   We’ve …

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Jun 10

Open Mated NWC Queens Available

Every year throws a different set of challenges in beekeeping.  This year it was the terribly cold March and April that delayed the start of the season.   Even this week we had one customer delay his order because they had snow on the ground this week in Wisconsin. 

The good news is we are now …

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May 30

Wintering Hives, another reason to use deep boxes.

While researching overwintering to get other opinions in preparation for my upcoming talk at the Ohio State Beekeepers Association Summer Conference I discovered Michael Bush’s page on overwintering.  I’ve written before on the advantages of switching to all medium but never considered overwintering as a reason to switch to medium brood boxes.

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May 29

I need a queen NOW!

I’m not sure what exactly is happening in the world of queen production, but it seems to me that there is some big shortage of queens.   We get calls daily demanding we produce an extra queen for them now (out of thin air apparently).    We typically get a few a week this time of year, …

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Apr 15

Drones – Time to graft.

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Inspections last week found very little in the way of capped drone cells.  This Sunday was a completely different story.

As you can see by the lower picture, the hives have consumed the majority of the pollen patties placed earlier and now  have a large quantity of drone brood.    I did check …

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Apr 09

Queens Delayed This Year

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In a typical year silver maples would have bloomed several weeks ago and we would be seeing hives increasing in size significantly and a fair amount of drone brood.

This has not been a typical year so far.  And unlike last year that was several weeks ahead, this year is the opposite.  The silver …

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Apr 04

Forgotten Swarm

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As a beekeeper you normally try your best to make sure the hives are well prepared for winter.   You make sure the bees are healthy, hives have good populations, equipment is in good shape and that there is plenty of honey stored for the winter.

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