I want to share an interesting conversation I’ve been having with Oregon beekeeper Morris Ostrofsky. After I posted about how to use swarm guards, he challenged the idea that virgin queens can sometimes get through them. He wrote: I had a conversation with Dan Purvis some years ago regarding virgin queens and queen excluders. Dan […] Read more
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Some questions surprise me because they reappear so frequently, but what is it with Brussels sprouts? For decades I’ve heard nothing about Brussels sprouts, but suddenly every third visitor wants to know how to pollinate them. I do not understand. I endure Brussels sprouts mostly because my husband likes them and they are good for […] Read more
This is most likely to happen when you install a package of bees in a brand new, never-been-used hive. I’ve heard people say it’s the smell of new lumber they don’t like, or it’s the glue in plywood, or it’s the odor of paint. But it may just be that the bees are not in […] Read more
Seattle beekeeper Tracey Byrne calls herself a “beepeeker,” a term that needs to go in the glossary. You may remember Tracey as the woman of many talents who also raises
My favorite bee journal is not published stateside but rather in Great Britain. Bee Craft, The Official Journal of the British Beekeeper’ Association, is a treat. The articles are fresh and original with a slightly European flavor, and the photos are well-matched to the content. Additionally, details that may seem mundane at first—things like layout, […] Read more
A swarm guard is similar to a queen excluder except it is designed to fit over the entrance to a hive. Just like a queen excluder, the swarm guard keeps both queens and drones from passing through because the wires are close together. Worker bees are small enough to pass through easily. Swarm guards have […] Read more