My End of Season

My End of Season

Hi Guys I’m going to take a break from blogging for awhile. I want to thank you all for your encouragement and your insight. And, like the bees, I will be mostly silent. I might come out from time to time if I get a hot idea. But I will definitively be buzzing again next spring. Hope you all and your bees overwinter well. -bwguy

The New CCD

The New CCD

My decades old encounter with CCD mirrored many of the mysterious bee plagues of the past. it occurred suddenly without any apparent symptoms healthy, well-feed, prosperous hives were decimated hives full of brood, feed and bees were suddenly left empty of bees whole beeyards would be affected at the same time a few hives in a yard would completely escape any effects remaining hives had […]

End of the Season – 2010

End of the Season – 2010

Guess what? It’s snowing in Casper. It usually comes long before now. But it’s here and signals the end of my active beekeeping season. I knew it was coming. So, after work last week, I took a final look at my bees. A few lids were popped and the feed sugar was checked. Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm, little of the sugar […]

Migrating Bees

Migrating Bees

The annual bee migration from the major honey producing areas is the Dakotas, to the almonds fields in California, has begun. A few semi-loads of bees dribble through Casper, Wy in the previous weeks. But almost half the semis coming through here are now carrying bees. I’ll bet almost every hive in the Dakotas goes through Casper. And that’s a lot of hives. It seems […]

Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony Collapse Disorder

Randy Oliver continues his series ‘Sick Bees’ in the American Bee Journal. I’ve just received the October edition and what he describes as his bee’s response to viral problems are exactly what I’ve been experiencing with my bees for the last season and a half. It’s something completely new in my decades old experience keeping commercial and hobby bees. And that includes classic CCD which […]

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