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Univ of MN added a second bee class

The University of Minnesota has added a second year 1 bee class.It is on March 31st. Here is the link:

Wednesday colony check?

Looks like 40's on Wednesday. Good time to check colonies. When it is above 25 degrees and not windy, it is not a problem to open a colony for a quick check.What to look for: whenever you open a colony in the winter, having a plan on what to look for before the top is pulled off. Show More Summary

Hive Location

I was driving up near Finlayson this morning. I noticed a temperature contrast that was worth noting. Driving on I-35 the temperature was about 1 below in Forest Lake. As I continued driving north the temperature was cooling off. By the time I got to the Finlayson exit, the temperature was 6 below. Show More Summary

What is happening in the hive right now.

The winter is moving forward, now it is early February and beekeeping spring is about 30 days away. Beekeeping spring is when we can feed pollen patties and syrup (if needed) to our overwintered colonies. Right now the bee cluster should be up in the top brood box. Show More Summary

GBA Meeting is Coming Up

For the last year I have served as President of the Georgia Beekeepers Association. I was reelected in October to serve another year. It's wonderful to get to work with beekeepers all over the state and to meet so many new people who love our favorite insect.On Saturday, February 17, we have the GBA Spring Conference. Show More Summary

SPARK bees Make it Through the Winter Despite a Major Beekeeper Error

So all of you know that I don't use queen excluders. I like to give the queen free rein and allow her to lay wherever she'd like. In my own hives, the bees thrive with what is called an unlimited broodnest. Winter preparation for myShow More Summary

Saskatraz Queens

I talked to my bee supplier today Ray Olivarez. He was talking Saskatraz queens.He says he has Saskatraz queens in about half of his operation of 16,000 colonies. He has been really pleased with how the queens have worked.Saskatraz queens when they were being developed, part of the criteria was being sustainable. Show More Summary

Sign of Spring

After the big dump of snow and the bone chilling cold of a short time ago. Beekeepers are looking forward to be able to dig in their hives. While beekeepers need to be patient for the short term. Spring is coming. I was out shoveling today. Show More Summary

The heavy snow

If you experienced a big snow dump at your place like I did. About 9 inches at 6 pm with more coming. If the hives get buried with snow, it is usually not a problem. The snow will add some insulation to the hives. It doesn't look like big cold after this storm as would be normal after a January snow storm. Show More Summary

Possible new mite treatment?

Two More Classes

This class is a year in beekeeping.Taught by Mike Mackiewicz. Mike is an experienced beekeeper. He has kept bees for many years. His class covers a wide variety of subjects that every beekeeper can use.More info: A year in the life of bees. Show More Summary

Honeybee Netflix documentary

Netflix has a good documentary series called Rotton.The first episode is about honeybees. They talk about struggles of a beekeeper, adulterated honey and how it happened and the theft of several thousand beehives over four years.

More Bee Classes

The Art of Beekeeping (In Northern Climates) January 27, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm $40.00 North Branch Area High School, 38175 Grand Avenue North Branch, MN 55056 United States + Google Map Is Beekeeping for You? February 7, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Harding High School, 1540 E. Show More Summary

January Thaw

This video I made a few years ago. The pics were from Jerry Linsers hive. He demonstrates one way to look at a hive on a cold morning. On a cold Jan 29th day. The bees were still peeking out the top hole of the top box.It will be warm for the next couple of days. Show More Summary

2018 Package Bee Prices

Here is our 2018 package bee pricing.Only thing different than last year is we will be offering Saskatraz Queens with our 2 lb and 3 lb packages. There is a $2.00 Royalty fee on all Saskatraz packages. This Royalty fee is paid to the developer of the Saskatraz line of queens. Show More Summary

Local Bee Classes

University of MN Year 1 Beekeeping in Northern ClimatesInstructors Dr Marla Spivak and Mr Gary Reuter Feb 24th. Click link for infoUniversity of MN Beekeeping in Northern ClimatesThe Art of Beekeeping in Northern Climates at CenturyShow More Summary

2017 - Year in Review

The 2018 Bee Baby is coming. A new year is upon us. Goodbye 2017Let's look back and see the year in review.2017: January - The year started with some cold temperatures early. The temperatures warmed up nicely late in the month. Not much stress on the colonies. Show More Summary

Installing 2 lb Package Bees in 5 Frame Nuc Box's

We made this video after the first delivery of package bees last April. I finally got around to posting it. It is a good demonstration on how to install bees on a cold morning with no syrup spray. Using a five frame nuc box to start a 2 lb package of bees works great. Show More Summary

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