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March 28, 2011

Mites in General

Right now, we have only two mites in the United States that we are concerned with. Trachea Mites and Varroa Mites. Trachea Mites are minute eight legged critters that I think are arachnoid in shape. They live in the trachea tubes (breathing or air tubes of the honeybee). They attach themselves to the inside walls […]

March 28, 2011

Checking for Mites

There are three ways to test for mites. Actually two, one kills the bees using one of two approved solutions, and one where the bees continue to live. Using a half pint jar with a canning top and ring, gather about an inch or two of bees and using ether spray liberally into jar and […]

March 22, 2011

Chemical Free!

In order to be chemical free, there are some things you must do¬† first. 1. You must train yourself to not think of what chemicals you need to put in your hive. You must think what can I do to help the bees overcome the chemical dependency. 2. You will want to think of ways […]

March 22, 2011

Now the Rest of the Story or not!?

We have taken care of our honeybees to the point that they depend on us, the beekeepers, to keep them healthy and pest free. We are not doing such a good job at that. The bees have lost the ability to fight off parasites, viruses, pathogens, and the common cold like their forefathers did and […]

February 23, 2011

Workshop Report

Alas, I am still the reporter for the NEBA workshop (unofficially). The speakers were: Audrey Berry, Research Tech from the Mississippi State University Entomology Dept. speaking on the Small Hive Beetle and how to cope; Mark Dykes, Research Tech from the University of Florida Entomology Dept. speaking on the African Honey Bee; Robert (Rob) Housburgh, […]

February 10, 2011

Information From A Bee Meeting

I was at the Escarosa Beekeepers Assn in Pensacola last night and we had a lively discussion about wintering bees and how to feed them. First of all you have to know that half to 3/5 of the members present are newbies and they did ask some interesting questions that most of the old-timers took […]

January 22, 2011

Making Money or At Least Breaking Even

To break even or maybe make a little profit, you should make some financial plans. First you need to know how much money you can spend at the beginning of the venture. If you have enough money on hand that you do not need to borrow from the household, then you are well on your […]

November 10, 2010

High School Students

The FFA teacher/adviser, Perry, called me last month to go up to Northview High School in the northern part of the county to show the FFA students how to decap and extract honey. I do this every year (six or seven years now), but usually one or two months earlier. He said that he hoped […]

October 27, 2010

Procrastination Revisited

I am in a quandary! Here I am telling you what is needed to be done in a timely manner and I am guilty of putting off what really needs to be completed. You should have been finished with your honey pulling and extracting by now. The honey should be either in your bottling tank, […]

September 8, 2010

What!!!?? Me Sell Honey???

Why not sell honey? You spent money to buy the equipment, supplies, and bees. They make more honey than they can use, so why not? That is the first hurdle that new beekeepers needs to cross. If they can get past that, then they can concentrate of expanding their operation or at least get equipment […]