The Hive and the Honey Bee

The Hive and the Honey Bee

Well, after too many decades, I’ve finally got the knack of keeping Wyoming bees. But that’s going to change as I’ll be moving to the Atlantic coastal plan in South Carolina. It’s time for a change and I’m looking forward to it. I just hope it doesn’t unfold like my last Florida fiasco. As I don’t know a thing about keeping bees in SC, it […]

Foundationless Frames Concepts

Foundationless Frames Concepts

rwjedi shares his thoughts on foundationless frames. How to make a foundationless frame out of a wedge top frame and the principles of using foundationless frames in your hive for success. P.S. If you are starting to go foundationless after having used foundation, be aware that your bees are almost certain to draw the first and maybe the 2nd frame you put in as Drone […]

Foundationless Frames

Foundationless Frames

A neat video by Daryl Francis. I use my classic frame assembly jig to assemble 11 foundationless frames in my 10-frame jig. Also demonstrated is my router jig for reducing the standard end bars from 1 3/8″ down to 1 1/4″ which is the optimum end bar width for foundationless beekeeping. Thanks Daryl. -bwguy

Wyoming Pollen Observations

Wyoming Pollen Observations

The Idea For decades, I’ve kept track of cyclical natural events such as: bloom dates and duration pollen availability migratory bird arrivals/departures frosts, etc And I’ve summarized the beekeeping related events in a concise, week based table. observations were made in the Wyoming basins below 6000 feet msl plant names are local and not botanical pollen quantity and frequency worked by the bees is denoted […]

Eric Mussen on Science Friday

Eric Mussen on Science Friday

More bee news on Science Friday. After a winter that many beekeepers have described as particularly hard on their hives, Eric Mussen, extension apiculturist at the University of California, discusses the plight of the modern honeybee and the threats the tiny pollinators face from disease and pesticides. -bwguy

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