I has bee a fairly cold start to April. I should be thankful it’s not snowing, but the consistently cool weather has made it nearly impossible to begin any inspections or other bee work that involved more than peeking under the inner cover. The hives do appear to be building up well and …
Category Archive: Beekeeping
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It is surprising to me how much in beekeeping really hasn’t changed in spite of all the new gadgets and gizmos on the market. It’s also equally as surprising how many topics heard at beekeeping association meetings discussed as if it were something new; topics such as hive ventilation and the longevity of a queen.
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There are really two things two things that one needs to consider before they graft for the first time in the season. The availability of drones is the first. To successfully raise queens one must have a plentiful supply of dones for mating and they must be mature drones. Drones in the larvae state when …
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Some beekeepers keep track of the health of a hive or what needs to be done on the next visit to the apiary by marking on the hive or setting a brick in a particular orientation on the hive. I must admit I do sometimes use a brick as a reminder when going back …
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It shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Ohio’s inspection program has been dwindleing for some time now as state inspectors retire and aren’t replaced. However, I got that gut feeling that something terribly wrong when my 2009 apiary registration came in an envelope marked ‘Emerald Ash Borer Program’. I know the program was litterally down …
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The Maumee Valley Region will be holding it’s class on June 6th and 7th. It is a hands on class where you will learn both the theory of queen rearing and practical methods with a slant on rearing queens in Ohio. Cost of the class is free to members of the Ohio Beekeeping Association, …
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I’m still here in spite of my absence from the blog for about a month. Not to worry, I’ve suffered no tragic accident, I’ve simply been busy with work and bees from dawn till dusk and sometimes much later.
The weather here has been cool and wet and we are still consistently well below the …
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The spring season has started in earnest. This past Saturday the silver maples started blooming and by Sunday enough was blooming that the bees were completely ignoring the open feed pollen substitute. Probably a good thing as real pollen is better for them and I was starting to run out of substitute as they …
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Researchers at the Ohio State Bee lab announced they have found a new tool to fight terrorism, the honey bee.
In 2005, scientists from the University of Montana, Montana State University and The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration conducted successful tests showing that the honey bee could be trained to find landmines. By feeding …
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