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How to prevent swarming with a Taranov board

The Taranov board is an ingenious system used to separate bees that are going to swarm from bees that will stay in the parent hive. Once separated, the swarming bees and old queen can be placed in a new hive while the old colony is left to raise a new queen. The system was invented […] Read more

Ventilation Part 1: A hive is not a tree

How much ventilation to provide a hive of bees is another of those controversial issues that spans both winter and summer beekeeping. More often than not it seems that the “old-timers” are against adding ventilation, while the “newbees” are for adding more and more. Whenever I try to assess a biological problem, I like to […] Read more