Month: June 2010

Warre’ Conversion

Warre’ Conversion

Want to try Warre’ beekeeping, but don’t want more equipment? Maybe a Warre’ conversion is what you need. Larry Garrett has detailed photos of this conversion on his site. -bW

Silence

Silence

The Good The Zia queens are in, released and have been checked . All but two made it 1 was rejected  and built queen cells no queen, virgin,eggs, cups in the other They’ve got Koehnen now. And I’ll release them manually. With new queens, this […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yard Trashing

Yard Trashing

Ever heard of yard trashing? It’s a fast, easy way to break down a bee yard into nucs. On a commercial scale: offload a truckload of empty nucs in a disease and pest free beeyard face nucs in a different direction than the parent hives […]

Requeening

Requeening

Colonies throw off a few swarms. Maybe supercede the queen a couple of times. But like all living things, it eventually dies. Then the comb and cavity are scavenged and recycled. That’s natures cleansing way. Without intervention, naturally managed colonies follow the same path. I’ve […]