Warre’ Conversion

Warre’ Conversion

Ever want to experiment with Warre’ beekeeping, but didn’t want to build more equipment? Have some extra Lang equipment setting around empty? Maybe a Warre’ conversion is what you need. Larry Garrett has modified conventional Langstroth equipment to use Warre’s concepts. It’s a neat idea. Larry has detailed photos of the various modifications on his site. It’s a great place to spend some time looking […]

Silence

Silence

The Good The Zia queens are in, released and have been checked. All made it except for two. One of these queens was rejected outright and that single built queen cells. The other queen I’m not sure about. Couldn’t find a marked Zia queen or a spurious virgin or any eggs. Yet, queen cells placed in this single were mostly destroyed. I suspect a spurious […]

Still Trucking

Still Trucking

Flood Water It’s summer again in Wyoming. And just in time, as the winter runoff and the last spring storm has the North Platte River running at maximum without flooding. Queens Introducing queens is a risky business. Seems most beekeepers have their own methods. And methods often completely contradict each other. I’d like to see a study on the different methods. The first think I […]

Winter Storm Warning!

Winter Storm Warning!

What! It’s a winter storm warning? Here’s one reason it’s so hard to keep Wyoming bees at much higher elevations than at the bottom of the basins. I’ve seen this kind of weather continue into July. Abate until the end of August and then startup again. That’s leaves only a few brood cycles which will just barely get a hive up to speed before the […]

Yard Trashing

Yard Trashing

Ever heard of yard trashing? It’s a technique I read about in the Bee Mags at least a decade ago and I’ve lost the author’s name. It’s a fast, easy way to break down a bee  yard into nucs. On a commercial scale: a truckload of nucs are off loaded in the beeyard no nucs face or are set in the same direction as the […]

Requeening

Requeening

Requeening A natural beekeeper requeening? Seems like an un-natural act. And it is. But is a necessary one if a beekeeper wants to keep his equipment full of bees. All colonies usually perish within three to five years. Along the way, they will throw off a few swarms. Maybe supercede the queen a couple of times. But in the end, like all living things, the […]

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