Tag: small cell

Bees Teaching Each Other

Bees Teaching Each Other

When the light is low, it’s possible to follow a bee’s flight path. On occasion, a couple of bees leave a hive at the same time, and fly in close formation. After many observations it was obvious that one bee was following the other. Was it […]

Historical Comb Cell Size

Historical Comb Cell Size

New research indicates that the basic premises for small cell beekeeping are in error. Brood foundation hasn’t been enlarged. And historical cell size measurements methods haven’t confused this issue. This confirms what I’ve written about  A.I. Roots observations. -bW

Yard Report – July Year 1

Yard Report – July Year 1

The Bees The bees occupy 14 frames. They are: healthy very gentle making a living and are a joy to work Wildfire smoke was a constant factor this month. Some days it’s so thick, it’s hard to breath. When the smoke is bad, the bees […]

Mann Lake PF-100 Plastic Frames

Mann Lake PF-100 Plastic Frames

Mann Lake PF-100 plastic frames have several advantages: convenient economical 4.9mm cell size pest resistant available in medium and deep sizes great acceptance And they have a few drawbacks: bees build ladder comb between boxes of PF-100s feel flimsy require different handling techniques compared to […]

Yard Report – June Year 1

Yard Report – June Year 1

Now, these bees are truly Wyoming bees raised on nothing but small cell sized comb. All those California bees raised on  conventional foundation based comb have perished. PF-100 frames are readily accepted bees occupy 8 to 9 frames first drone comb drawn second deep hive […]

Yard Report – May Year 1

Yard Report – May Year 1

Five 3 lb bee packages were installed in single, conventional, 10 frame Langstroth hives. These were filled with plastic small cell frames and a division board feeder. This is the first step in establishing 3 story deep body hives with each box approximating a natural […]

Bee Unto Others

Bee Unto Others

Interested in beneficial bacteria in bees? How about bee probiotics? Checkout Laurie Ramona Herboldsheimer’s Micro Refs. Dean and Laurie are active in the small cell/treatment free beekeeping scene. They’ve recorded much original video/content that would make a great addition to BeeUntoOthers. I hope they can […]

End In Sight

End In Sight

It’s been nine years since I embarked on my small cell experience. And I have a little more to share. In 2007, I moved from Wyoming to Florida. It wasn’t practical to take my hives there. So, in 2006, I started reconfiguring them as two […]