Category Archive: Beekeeping

Apr 13

Beekeeping – Does anything change?

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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Apr 09

When to Begin Grafting

Drone Brood

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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Apr 06

Record Keeping with Bricks

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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Apr 01

Ohio’s Inspection Program is in Jeopardy

An envelope from Ohio's Apiary Division?

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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May 28

Requeen your hives!

hives

It’s May 28th.  Do your hives look like this in Ohio?

10 of the 14 hives in this apiary look this strong right now.   The 2nd to the top super was added to the hive just 2 weeks ago and most hives already have a significant amount of honey in …

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May 27

2008 Queen Rearing Classes

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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May 20

The Spring Rush…

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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Apr 10

The Season Begins…

Bees on a maple tree

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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Apr 01

Honey Bees Fight Terrorism

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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Mar 27

Bees are Making a Comeback (or are they?)

The news reported this week (a Columbus TV station) that the winter loss of bees in Ohio this past winter was only 15% compared to a 72% loss last year.  And  a recent article from New Jersey reported that they are experiencing a 10-15% loss this year compared to 40% the year before.   Reports …

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