Mud Song

Mud Song

Mud Song is a beekeeping blog well worth a visit. Phillip Cairn writes: I have kept honey bees in and around St. John’s, Newfoundland, since 2010 and I use this mighty blog to document all of my successes and failures. I try to keep everything simple and practical. I’m not a certified master beekeeper yet but I’ve done my homework, enough to satisfy my unambitious […]

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

Ohio State Beekeepers Association

The OSBA has a minimal looking site. Don’t be misled by the minimalist appearance or you’ll miss a beekeeping treasure. Beyond it’s great coverage of regional and association information, additional resources are available. A few of note are: best management practices and queen rearing resources web based introductory beekeeping program lots of videos down loadable book pdfs archived newsletters It’s a content rich site that’s […]

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. -dM

The University of Montana Masters Beekeeping Program

The University of Montana Masters Beekeeping Program

Ever seen a donkey in a bee suit? If not check out The University of Montana Masters Beekeeping Program’s Facebook page. And while you’re there click on an image to open the viewer to look at rest of the images. There’s some great hive/bee house/bus art! And some interesting reading. Enjoy! -dM

Mann Lake PF-100 Plastic Frames

Mann Lake PF-100 Plastic Frames

The Idea Need a frame/foundation based natural beekeeping system? Mann Lake PF-100 plastic frames have several advantages: convenient economical 4.9mm cell size pest resistant available in both 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 wooden frames hive beetle haven – maybe Can you live […]

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 […]

Oxalic Acid’s Sublethal Effects

Oxalic Acid’s Sublethal Effects

Treating bees with oxalic acid damages honeybees. Peter Borst, at Bee-L, writes: Sublethal effects of oxalic acid on Apis mellifera are hardly investigated. However, permanent damages of the digestive organs of adult workers are described. This can influence the nutrient supply and the feeding behaviour of the bee. In cage-experiments the food ingestion of A. mellifera after a treatment with oxalic acid was investigated … […]

Yard Trashing

Yard Trashing

Ever heard of yard trashing? It’s a technique I read about in the Bee Mags at least a decade ago and I’ve lost the author’s name. It’s a fast, easy way to break down a bee  yard into nucs. On a commercial scale: a truckload of nucs are off loaded in the beeyard no nucs face or are set in the same direction as the […]

Too Early to Checker Board?

Too Early to Checker Board?

My Langstroth hives consist of three deep hive bodies. The top deep is sealed honey. The bees consistently overwinter in the middle deep. The bottom deep consists of partially empty frames with some pollen and honey. To checker board them, I take the middle deep, with bees and brood and place it on the bottom board. The bottom deep provides the empty frames which are […]

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