April 25, 2020

The primary value of a screened bottom board is for ventilation.  This can be helpful in high temperature and high humidity environments.  Also, for some beekeepers screened bottom boards are a part of their pest management strategies. They can be used as a natural way...

October 21, 2019

As temperatures begin to fall it is important that the bees have enough stores or food to last through the winter.  However, having a lot of honey in the hive does not necessarily prevent the bees from starving.  In colder weather bees will cluster to keep the queen wa...

July 19, 2019

During a dearth the natural sources of nectar are very limited.  It is very important that you feed your bees.  The bees are active and need energy so they will be looking for food. However there are special considerations when feeding during the dearth.  Until now you...

December 6, 2018

This is a question that many newbees ask as they get into beekeeping.  Should I buy a package, or should I get a NUC (short for Nucleus colony).  Each has its advantage. 

A package of bees typically comes in a small wooden box as pictured and is available in t...

November 12, 2018

According to the Tennessee State Apiarist, a significant portion of the losses last winter were due to tracheal mites. This is partially due to a change in Varroa mite treatments.  Previous chemical treatments were effective on both the Varroa and the Tracheal mites bu...

August 17, 2018

I know, Bees don't need beef, but they do need protein and pollen fills the bill.  Nectar is the energy source for bees and it is the primary ingredient for honey. Nectar or sugar syrup is carbohydrates for bees and most eveyone feeds sugar syrup at least part of the y...