Online Resources For BeeKeepers

Pests and Diseases

A Field Guide to Honey Bees and their Maladies – Penn State University

USDA Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory

USDA Publication – Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases

Small Hive Beetle IPM – Dr. W.M. Hood – Clemson University SC

An Investigation of Techniques for Using Oxalic Acid to Reduce Varroa Mite Populations in Honey Bee Colonies and Package Bees – A Doctoral dissertation from the University of Nebraska.

TN State Apiary forms

TN Apiary Act – The state laws concerning bee keepers
Apiary Inspection Request
TN Apiary Registration Online – Completely free, and Required by law
Application to Move Honeybees or Used Equipment into TN
Application to Establish an Experimental Apiary in TN
Reporting Movement of Honeybee Colonies for Pollination within TN
Request for Apiary Information
Request to be Placed on Pollinator List for Growers
Request to be Placed on Swarm Removal Services List
Request to be Placed on Structural Honeybee Removal List
Request to be Placed on List to Sell Local Honey and Other Products
Request to be Removed From Any/All Above Lists
Apiary Section Complaint Form

Join the TBA

Websites and Videos

Scientific Bee Keeping by Randy Oliver

George Imirie’s pink pages – This authoritative website by the late master bee keeper George Imirie has been one of the finest resources on the internet for years.  You wouldn’t go far wrong if this was the only thing you ever read about bee keeping.

Beekeeping in Tennessee – published by the University of TN.

Bee Culture Magazine

Natural BeeKeeping – by Michael Bush

History of Beekeeping – excellent article on Wikipedia.

University of TN BeeKeeping website

Online Beekeeping classes – from beginner to advanced

BeeKeeping in Tennessee – University of TN Extension

A video on how to tell if a hive is queenless before you install that expensive new one.

Installing package bees video

Bee Keeping Videos – presented by Brushy Mountain bee supply

Build your Own Equipment

Plans for all kinds of woodenware – For the build it yourselfer

Coates 8 Frame Medium Nuc – Easy and economical nucleus hive made out of 1/2″ plywood.

Queen Rearing

Queens For Pennies – Randy Olivers simple method.

Queen Rearing – an excellent series of videos on queen rearing – thanks to Matthew Phillips for the link.

Queen rearing using the Cloake Board Method – Some beginning queen producers (and some more experienced ones too) favor the Cloake Board method because a strong hive can be used as a cell builder without interfering with it’s honey production.

Queen Rearing without Grafting – excellent illustrated step by step how to article.


Queen Excluders or Honey Excluders? A research Project.

What is in Honey-B-Healthy? – This article tells briefly how Honey-B-Healthy was developed and used by the researchers.

2 Queen Hive – a study by the USDA

Glossary of beekeeping terms

The Honey Gatherers – amazing honey bee photography

Oxalic Acid Nutritional Supplement for Immune Support of Honey Bee Colonies

Overwintered Honey Bee Nucleus Colonies: Big Solutions in Small Packages

Please use the comments  to suggest other web sites on beekeeping that you find interesting or useful.

Things that Beekeepers Associations might find useful

Hold Harmless Form – a simple form to protect your club from liability.

Beginner Beekeepers Short Course – Feel free to use this material for your own educational program.

6 Responses to Online Resources For BeeKeepers

  1. Merle Keever says:

    I am the owner of Putnam County Visions Magazine, a publication that is direct mailed to more than 32K home in Putnam County. My father was an old school beekeeper that work more than 300 hive in Coffee Co in the late 60’s early 70’s. I have reviewed your website and would like to place a beekeepers article in the May issue of our magazine and perhaps an article each month for several months. This, I believe would draw addition interest from our community and hopefully encourage other to become beekeepers. This would not come at a cost to anyone, all I need is your willingness to prepare an article for the May issue and other future issues. All of our writers are volunteers columnist and I believe this topic would draw additional interest.
    Please let me know what you think….

  2. John Snope says:

    I enjoyed attending the meeting over weekend.

    I enjoyed attending the meeting tonight March 6, 2014 and appreciated the opportunity for the drawing of the new beekeeping kit and being one of the recipients for the kit.

    Nancy and I look forward on our new venture of beekeeping and our association with the Cookeville Beekeepers Association. It is obvious to us that there are many dedicated and knowledgeable individuals within this group and we know that we will be asking for guidance especially during this beginning process.

    Thank you again,

    John and Nancy Snope

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  4. I just did a good inspection of my hives. In one hive I found that on top of one wax frame the bees have built 3 large egg shaped area of comb. Is this normal?
    I think I saw a couple of eggs but did not see capping. Should I have capping yet?
    Some of the combs have liguid, some pollen, some other material. Is this normal.
    I had looked 3 days after placing them in hives and the queens were out of their cages.I had trouble tryiong to find the queens today though.
    Donna Cravens

    • David LaFerney says:


      You probably wouldn’t be seeing capped brood yet – if you installed your package on drawn comb and immediately release the queen you might see some – but probably not. Brood is capped on the 9th day after the egg is layed and the packages were distributed 9 days ago today so the queen had to be released and there had to be comb for her to lay on. You should be seeing eggs and open brood though. I just checked today and I had brood like this –


    • David LaFerney says:

      And by the way, don’t worry about the burr comb – they do that – it’s not a big deal. Scrape it off if you want, but unless it somehow bothers you it doesn’t hurt anything, and they will probably just build it back anyway.

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