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Varroa mite treatment – Season 7


Natural beekeepers practice different philosophies on treatment of bees. Some will use essential oils. Some will do nothing and breed for mite resistance. In this post, I will explain my own methods of dealing with the dreaded Varroa destructor mite, the worst parasite and enemy of Apis mellifera (Honey bee). What does the mite want to do with the bees?…

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Changing comb – Part 4 – Season 6


In Part 2 and Part 3 of Changing Comb series for this Season 6, I told about removing of the old comb (foundation) from the beehive before preparing the colony for the winter. This is a modified by me method (called the Bailey comb change method) described in BeeCraft, July 2016, by Jason Learner from National Bee Unit British organization. The difference…

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The bee needs her sleep too


Did you know that the bees need their sleep too? In 1983, Walter Kaiser made an interesting discovery: honey bees slept. In 2014, biologists Barrett Klein, Martin Stiegler, Arno Klein, and Jürgen Tautz from the universities of Würzburg and Wisconsin La Crosse (USA) published more research in the journal PLoS ONE. (https://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/sonstiges/meldungen/detail/artikel/schlaf-bi/) Some of their findings include that facts that house bees took…

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Fast expanding hives – Season 6


In my previous post, I described how I had five colonies, four of which were moved into double-deep-super size beehives for the summer expansion (they are my honey making colonies). I made a split from one of those colonies.   The fifth colony was split as well, with both beehives positioned on the same stand, equal distance away from the…

Difficulties of beekeeping in the South - Bee in Harmony, Rowe Apiaries blog

Difficulties of beekeeping


The spring honey harvesting came late for us this year. Just to prove that my thoughts about quitting our queen breeding efforts for a few years have some valid ground, the girls got sick with a flu-like virus (in June, yes)… Even having my husband back from his two week long military exercises did not help – using babysitter was…

Natural Beekeeping 101: Moving to double deep supers


Double deep beehive supers

The bees have been busy for months, but I have only now added honey frames to my double deep supers. Last year, it was the first week of April, but this year, I needed to wait and build up the colonies to full 75% occupancy level. As soon as the bees fill at least half of each of two supers (one deep and one medium), it is time to migrate to the double deep super. Here are a few simple reasons:

  • To avoid swarming (by rearranging the nest, removing “extra” comb from the bottom of the medium frames).
  • To provide for better ventilation for a growing colony. Better ventilation means less swarming, (more…)