How to keep your bees thriving in January & February

How to keep your bees thriving in January & February

We receive hundreds of phone calls in March of each year.  The conversation goes like this… Caller – “Ray, I do not know what happened. I opened my hive today and all the bees are dead!  It must be that the colony collapse disorder has hit my area.”   Ray – “When were you last in…

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What is the difference between Italian and Carniolan Honey Bees?

What is the difference between Italian and Carniolan Honey Bees?

This article is focused on the generalities of each bee. As we all know, the queens will ultimately determine the characteristics of the hive. So each hive will ultimately have their own characteristics. We keep a ratio of 50% Italian and 50% Carniolan hives in our bee yards. We do not have a favorite but…

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Internal Warmth of a Colony

Internal Warmth of a Colony

We just had an unusual snowfall here in Northeast Georgia.  Just a few days prior, the temperatures were in the sixties! This kind of up and down weather makes for some tough days for a colony of honey bees. However, honey bees have survived for thousands of years and they will continue on as they…

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