Author Archives: David LaFerney

Beekeeping Phenology – Important blooms in mid TN

  Maple - Rapid increase in brood production – Begins in late Feb/early March and lasts several weeks as different varieties bloom at slightly different times.  Weather is often fair enough for inspections during the maple bloom, and hive conditions may … Continue reading

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Feeding Honey Bees for Beginners

My first year of beekeeping I was surprised to discover how often I had to feed my new pets.  I shouldn’t have been surprised – like all animals honey bees have to eat. Unfortunately I had done a lot of … Continue reading

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Beekeeping Short Course – March 1

We are presenting our annual beginning beekeepers short course on Saturday March 1 9AM-3PM with a one hour break for lunch from 12-1.  The location will NOT be at the Cookeville ag extension office where we have our regular meetings … Continue reading

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Swarm Management for new Beekeepers

New Beekeepers who are successfully over wintering hives for the first time are likely to see their overwintered colonies build up strongly on the early spring nectar flows. Unfortunately strong overwintered colonies have a natural tendency to reproduce by swarming. … Continue reading

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How to Tell if a Hive has Already Swarmed

Honey bee colony populations can increase so rapidly just before swarming that it may not be apparent that a hive has swarmed just by population or entrance activity – although usually both are reduced somewhat. Upon inspection of such a … Continue reading

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Really Simple Queen Introduction

Queen introduction is fraught with anxiety – A good queen honey bee is pretty expensive as bugs go and of course you don’t want to take any chances with it. I think I’ve tried most of the common tips – … Continue reading

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Emergency Feeding – Don’t let your Bees Starve!

Mountain Camp Sugar Feeding If you have any suspicion whatsoever that your bees might be low on food – or even if they have food but the cluster might not be able to get to it.   You can insure … Continue reading

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Time to Renew your TBA Membership

The time for most of us to renew our membership in the TN Beekeepers Association – TBA – is here. In order to participate in the TBA hive grant program our club is required to have at least 6 members … Continue reading

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Bees may be in short supply – order soon!

Just a heads up – while so far there has been little action by Cookeville club members to order 3 lb package bees from Wilbanks Apiary, recent developments suggest that it is possible (likely even) that demand will exceed supply. … Continue reading

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You Need a Nuc!

This article was previously published in May 2011 but contains seasonally relevant information.   Winter is a great time to repair or build equipment.  While you are in the shop you really should consider building a couple of nucleus hives … Continue reading

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