Final Late fall/early winter Varroa Mite Treatment with Oxalic Acid–Doesn’t have to be expensive…

While Oxalic Acid vaporizers work really well, you don’t have an expensive Oxalic Acid Vaporizer and can still easily do a late fall (or early winter) Oxalic Acid treatment to “clean up” some of the remaining mites on your colonies. It’s an organic treatment and more effective as the brood decreases later in the year.Continue reading “Final Late fall/early winter Varroa Mite Treatment with Oxalic Acid–Doesn’t have to be expensive…”

It’s better to know than to guess…

If you don’t recognize what’s going on in this picture, it’s our mite check setup, with a Easy Check container, 1/2 cup measure, 70% rubbing alcohol, and a wash basin to collect bees. At the very minimum you should be monitoring for mites May-September (we monitor late March – October). Our counts (as they haveContinue reading “It’s better to know than to guess…”

2022 License to Sell Queens and Nucs

We are once again licensed by the PA Department of Agriculture to sell queens and nucs. We are looking forward to customers picking up their overwintered April nucs over the next several days. The colonies are awesome and ready to expand! Don’t be afraid to ask your nuc or queen supplier in PA if theyContinue reading “2022 License to Sell Queens and Nucs”

Bee “farming” not Bee “keeping” — the distinction really matters

Managing bees can be a wonderful and enjoyable hobby, side job, or full-time job, and it often conjures images of bees foraging and our place as mere observers. The reality is that without proactive management that approaches bees as a farming like any other semi-domesticated livestock, failure is on the horizon. We would never considerContinue reading “Bee “farming” not Bee “keeping” — the distinction really matters”

When to Requeen a Colony

There is a lot of debate over when is a good time to requeen a honeybee colony–I’m talking about the age of the queen. The reality is, if ignored completely, a colony will eventually attempt to requeen themselves (through swarming or supersedure). This often works out just fine, as long as the swarm does notContinue reading “When to Requeen a Colony”

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