Mite-a-Thon Sept 9-16

The “new” beekeeping calls for the need to sample bees in August, September and October to see how they are doing at keeping varroa mite populations in check. If mite numbers exceed 2-3%, it is suggested that due to risk of  poor overwintering of the colony, colony loss (to BEE PMS) overwinter or … Read more about Mite-a-Thon Sept 9-16

Swarming

SWARMING Problems from swarming Reduces the worker force Hive that swarms may not make any surplus honey Sometimes the swarm is not recovered Valuable queens can be lost There may be after-swarms which further reduces the worker force Factors that may lead to swarming … Read more about Swarming

Swarm Control

If you think of your hive as having three parts, swarm control will involve separating one of these three parts from the other two. The three parts are:  1) Queen 2)  Brood and Nurse Bees 3)  Flying Force To separate the Queen:  Make a nucleus to separate the Queen from the parent colony … Read more about Swarm Control

Winter loss report WVBA

At the March and April WVBA meetings, I distributed paper copies and directed members to a web-based colony loss survey, a continuing effort to define overwintering success of backyard beekeepers in Oregon. This was the 9th year of such survey activity. I received 282 responses from OR backyarders, … Read more about Winter loss report WVBA

Let the SWARMS begin

At the April meeting (April 24) we knew of only a single swarm. Rich covered swarming in his comments and his comments will be posted in the meeting minutes. we should begin to hear of local bee swarms  in May and June. Swarming means different things to different individuals. Some beekeepers see … Read more about Let the SWARMS begin

STARTING PACKAGES/NUCS

There was an informative webinar mid-January from Bee Culture Magazine [“The Kim and Jim Show”] that was all about packages. You can still view the one-hour broadcast at Bee Culture webpage www.beeculture.org Look for it filed under events. Kim and Jim discussed only packages but their … Read more about STARTING PACKAGES/NUCS