Author Archives: David LaFerney

June 5 Meeting Schedule

Our regular meeting this month will be at Collegeside Church of Christ 252 East 9th Street? Cookeville, TN 38501 for the first time. You can enter the East side of the building from the big parking lot bordered by E 9th street, Allen Avenue and 10th Street. The meeting will be on Thursday (June 5) night At 6:30 – the building will be open at 6:00 PM. 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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May 1 meeting tonight – Thursday

Just a reminder that our regular monthly meeting is tonight at 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.
We will be raffling off an 8 frame medium nucleus hive tonight for $2 – If you win you can take home a complete starter hive full of bees tonight – Instant Beekeeper!

New online Forum for area beekeepers – thanks to everyone who has participated so far! I apologize that I did not realize… Continue reading

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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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