Month: January 2012

Un-Checker Boarding

Un-Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding vs Conventional Methods After checker boarding for a decade, I reconfigured a beeyard and ran in a conventional manner. Checker boarded yards: 3 deep body hives checker boarded in March need no additional feeding produced twice the average honey crop less than 10% […]

Build a Top Bar Hive

Build a Top Bar Hive

Top bar hives are the ultimate do-it-yourself hive. They: can be built from local material require few construction tools or skills can be designed to fit unique needs cost almost nothing can be easily modified or scrapped Just about anyone, regardless of experience, can easily […]

Build or Buy It?

Build or Buy It?

Long Ago and Far Away It’s been 37 years since I built my first top bar hive! There weren’t any top bar hive plans back then. Just the concept of a sloped sided box with comb wide top bars. That first top bar hive was […]

Top Bar Hive Podcast

Top Bar Hive Podcast

Craig’s organically managed beekeeping blog, The Southern Maryland Beekeeper, is back online. And there’s a neat podcast with Matt Reed of BeeThinking.com. Matt runs and manufactures top bar hives. I’ve tried to stay away from endorsing or promoting any commercial product that I haven’t personally […]

Parasitic Fly Threatens Bees

Parasitic Fly Threatens Bees

There’s a new honeybee pest in North America. It’s a native A. borealis phorid flys lay eggs inside honeybee workers. This fly apparently has switched hosts from native bumble bees to the honeybee. The fly larva change bee behavior. Workers are drawn away from their […]