Un-Checker Boarding

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 the checker boarding phase: hives were in 3 deep brood chambers checker boarded in March required no additional feeding produced more than twice the average honey crop less than 10% of the hives tried to swarm minimal inspections/labor Conventional setup: hives […]

Honda CX Update

Honda CX Update

This Honda was the most pristine bike I’ve ever encountered. All the rubber stops and plugs were supple and just like brand new. It still had those stick on decals, Honda puts on the gas tank and speedometer, noting break in procedures and warranties. The tool kit had never been opened. And the riders manual was just like the tool kit. Other than a few […]

Build a Top Bar Hive

Build a Top Bar Hive

The Idea Top bar hives are the ultimate do-it-yourself hive for a non-commercial beekeeper. They: can be built from almost any local building material require few construction tools or skills can be designed to fit unique beekeeper needs cost almost nothing to build can be easily modified or scrapped Since a top bar hive’s volume and shape are fixed, it’s important that a top bar […]

Build or Buy It?

Build or Buy It?

Long Ago and Far Away It’s been 32 years since I built my first top bar hive! There weren’t even 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 built as a novelty. And it never saw a single bee. I was involved with keeping thousands of commercial […]

Top Bar Hive Podcast

Top Bar Hive Podcast

Craig’s organically managed beekeeping blog, The Southern Maryland Beekeeper, is back online and has another neat podcast concerning top bar hive/Warre style beekeeping. In this podcast, he interviews Matt Reed of BeeThinking.com. Matt runs and manufactures top bar hives. On my blog, I’ve tried to stay away from endorsing or promoting any commercial product that I haven’t personally tried. So, when a top bar hive […]

Parasitic Fly Threatens Bees

Parasitic Fly Threatens Bees

There’s a new honeybee pest in North America. It’s a native A. borealis phorid fly who lays eggs inside honeybee workers. The larva change bee behavior. This fly apparently has switched hosts from native bumble bees to the honeybee. Could this fly be a factor in some forms of CCD? Today on Science Friday, Ira Flatow had a segment with John Hafernik, a biology professor […]

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