Category Archive: Beekeeping

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 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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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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Jan 15

2013 Package Bees

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Information on this years package bees are finally available.  Pickup Dates will be March 21st, April 4th and April 18th.

The March 21st date is generally not recommended for the beginner or starting a new hive on foundation as it’s typically too cool for the bees to draw comb well (2012 was an unusual exception …

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Dec 27

The Mathematics Behind Pouring Honey

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Fluid dynamics was something I didn’t have to deal with as an electrical engineering student in college.  This is probably ok as the average beekeeper doesn’t need to know much more than it makes a sticky mess when you miss the bottle.

However, I did find this high speed video …

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Dec 03

Cooking with Bees

(Literally)

Fried Bee Pupae, yum!  Ok, so it really doesn’t look that appetizing to me, but in the majority of the United States and other countries we have been taught that insects shouldn’t be found in our food.  Not so in other parts of the world where insects are either a staple or a …

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