Bees Teaching Each Other

Bees Teaching Each Other

When the light is low and just right, it’s possible to follow a bee’s flight path. On occasion, I’ve observed pairs of bees leave a hive and fly in close formation. It was obvious one bee was following the other. Was it being taught? Small cell colonies initially detect and remove mite infected pupa. Although the effects were dramatic, many colonies still perished. But after the […]

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. -dM

Yard Report – July 2012

Yard Report – July 2012

The Idea July happenings: the bees occupy 14 frames the plastic small cell frames are readily accepted and consistently drawn kept this yard out of the agriculture areas drought continues skunk pests bees in town, the joy of it The Details The Bees The bees occupy 14 frames. They are: healthy very gentle making a living and are a joy to work Wildfire smoke has […]

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 […]

Yard Report – June 2012

Yard Report – June 2012

The Idea A couple brood cycles make all the difference in hive populations. Now, these bees are truly Wyoming bees raised on nothing but small cell sized comb. All those bees remembering California and larger cell sizes have perished. PF-100 frames are readily accepted bees occupy 8 to 9 frames first drone comb drawn second deep hive body added removed entrance reducers shook out a […]

Yard Report – May 2012

Yard Report – May 2012

The Idea 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 broodnest’s structure. Along the way I’ll compare this new small cell plastic frame based experience with my decade […]

Bee Unto Others

Bee Unto Others

Interested in beneficial bacteria in bees? In bee probiotics? Checkout Laurie Ramona Herboldsheimer’s Micro Refs. Dean and Laurie are quite 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 find the time and energy to build a real portal for their work here. The Micro Refs is a great […]

End In Sight

End In Sight

The Idea 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 deep hives. It’s the conventional configuration here. Then, I ran them for a season, much like I did […]

A.I. Root’s Cell Size

A.I. Root’s Cell Size

The Idea A.I. Root was a pioneer commercial foundation manufacturer. He: measured natural worker cell size tested various cell sized foundation for bee acceptance produced foundation for over 100 years and his company monitored natural comb and bee size during that time A.I. Root says much about cell size. These measurements are interesting! They show that neither bees nor foundation are artificially enlarged. He: discussed […]

Variable Cell

Variable Cell

The Idea Is it possible to trick bees into building a natural broodnest structure, consisting of a variety of cell sizes, on a single frame? would they draw out a variable cell size foundation as easily and rapidly as they do natural comb? would they detect and remove mite-infected brood? If it’s possible, then all the advantages of a natural broodnest could be realized in […]

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