Author Archives: David LaFerney

Summer Beekeeping in TN

What you do (or don’t do) over the next 3 months will mostly determine if you are still a beekeeper next spring. Continue reading

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Support the Federal Highways Bee Act

POLLINATOR ACTION REQUEST: You can help honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators by signing on to group letter as ORGANIZATION and/or INDIVIDUAL.

Please Act ASAP, Deadline – June 16 Continue reading

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Plastic Foundation – Love it, or hate it?

I’m not at all iffy about my preference for plastic foundation, and here is one very big reason why: Continue reading

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What to do when you are Queenless

You think your hive is queenless – you can’t spot the queen, and you don’t see any eggs. What now?

First, don’t panic. Next, if at all possible give the hive a frame of young open brood or eggs from another hive Continue reading

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Be Careful with your Queen Excluder

Almost every beginning beekeeper has a queen excluder that came with a kit – and almost everyone is anxious to deploy it so that they can get a super or two of nice pristine honey without any brood to worry about. To everything there is a season, and your first year with bees is not the time to use your excluder – at least not like that.

Every year I get a question or run across someone who is wondering why their bees won’t go through their queen excluder – to get to the super of bare foundation sitting on top. Well the short answer is that they probably never will. 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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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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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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