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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Proper Hive Placement

The picture above is a great picture for new beekeepers to understand the importance of picking that special location for your bee hive(s).  This is probably the number one problem new beekeepers make in this hobby.  I hope that this article will help bring clarity to this subject. The first thing we have to remember…

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Getting your hive ready for winter – video

Getting your hive ready for winter – video

This video will step you through how to get your bee hive ready for winter weather.  There are simple and inexpensive ways to prepare your hive for winter.  You want your bees to thrive and not just survive the winter! It should be noted that this video is focused on winter hive maintenance in the Southeast USA…

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Commercial Nuc Yard

Commercial Nuc Yard

Today, we finally finished what we began in November.  We opened a new Nuc yard with approx. 140 new nuc boxes to raise our bees for delivery the week after Easter.  For those of you who like to know the numbers, we used over 1,200 board feet of lumber (or more then a 1/3 of…

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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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