Author Archives: David LaFerney

May 1 meeting Schedule

Our regular May meeting will be this week – Thursday May 3 at 6:30 PM with the usual hanging out and talking bees beginning around 6:00. The location will also be the same as usual – the Cookeville agricultural extension office located at 900 S. Walnut Ave. Cookeville, TN 38501 Continue reading

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Online Forum for Cookeville Beekeepers

Have questions about beekeeping that you would really like to get someone to help you with? Post them on our new online forum so that we can all work together to help each other out. It is easy to use, and freely available to anyone who wants to use it. When you log in for the first time please use your real first and last name as your username/login. Continue reading

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Swarm Prevention – Cut down Splits

If you have looked into your hives in the last few days it is very likely that you have seen signs of swarm preparation – rows of queen cups on the bottom of frames, dense populations, nectar choked hives with little room for the queen to lay in – maybe even swarm cells. Continue reading

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Queens For Pennies

April is prime time for making increase (at least it is when there isn’t a cold front blasting through) and while splitting hives is simple, effective and helps to manage swarming – you might also be interested in giving queen rearing a try. Now is the time to go for it if you are. Continue reading

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Splitting Honey Bee Hives for Increase

This article was originally published on Feb 20, 2014 but contains seasonally relevant information.

Like every other living thing our bees have the ability to make more bees. But instead of allowing our colonies to multiply many beekeepers spend hundreds of dollars to buy bees to replace the 1/3 of our colonies which we KNOW from statistics are going to die every year. Continue reading

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New Meeting location!

As you might know, we have outgrown our meeting location and have been looking for another one. To avoid confusion  Our Next Meeting – Thursday May 1 –  will be at the old location in the dept of agriculture office. … Continue reading

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A few pointers for new beekeepers

Beekeeping isn’t rocket science, but an awful lot of beekeepers lose all or most of their bees every year.  You could read volumes about how to be a beekeeper, but if you commit to follow just a few suggestions you … Continue reading

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Where you can still buy bees…

As far as I know you can still get bees this spring from the following sources Continue reading

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Bee Informed Partnership National Loss Survey

Beekeepers needed! Thank you for your interest in participating in the National Colony Loss Management Survey organized by the Bee Informed Partnership Continue reading

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The Home Stretch – Don’t let them starve!

If you have checked your hives already during the recent spring like weather you may have found as I did that some of your hives are light on stores.  You may also have seen that there is some nectar and … Continue reading

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