Tagged: swarming

Yard Visit End of May 2013

The bad weather continued through the third week in May. It’s still cool. But not cold enough to keep the bees from flying. So...

Un-Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding vs Conventional Methods The Idea After a decade of checker boarding, a beeyard was reconfigured and run in a conventional manner. During...

Swarming

The Idea If all goes well early summer is a time of swarming. As a colony attempts to propagate itself, a beekeeper has several...

Joe Waggle’s Crayon

Pondering trapping swarms and swarm boxes, I remember a neat idea Joe Waggle once proposed. He incorporated lemon grass essential oil into melted beeswax....

Checker Boarding

The Idea Checker boarding is a simple and elegant swarm management tool. It uses the bee’s natural swarm and survival impulses to maximize hive...

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