Hi , got a few questions from concerned beekeepers if and how the warm weather affects their colonies. Here's my take on it.
Yes the warm weather is a plus for the bees, it allows them to break cluster and move closer to their stored food supplies. However if it stays warm for prolonged periods the bees will be moving around a lot more and laying more eggs.which means they will be consuming more food at faster than normal pace. With that in mind pick a nice a nice day and check their food supply and ensure they have enough for the next two to two and half months.
Most bees starve in February and March.
I have been making "Best Feed" sugar blocks for a few years which contain proteins and carbohydrates plus essential oils and sugar to help your colonies make it through the winter. By popular demand I started to sell them in the store. There listed on my website.
Hi Folks, just some general interest info on Oxalic, Formic acid and honey bees.
How does oxalic and formic acid actually kill mites?
When foraging bees leave the hive to search for food,mate or swarm they are bombarded by the sunlight, rain, toxins and lots of other material they may come in contact with. As a result of all these exposures,honey bees have developed a hard waxy coating on their external protective cuticle layer to protect them. Varroa and tracheal mites basically don't have this protective cuticle barrier or least not as robust as a honey bee. Mites cuticle layer is more susceptible to acids. Acids go through the mites cuticle into their blood stream and kills them. Because of the bees stronger cuticle they are able to repel water and many chemicals.
By Jerry Hayes posted in the American Bee Journal.
Hi Everyone, just a reminder that our 10% off purchases over $100.00 (excluding nucs) is ending soon. (31st.-Jan.-2016). With new product's arriving the US dollar may affect our pricing in the future. Had a peek at a few of my hives, so far so good.
All the best to everyone for the coming year. Snow has arrived and hoping everyone's bees get through the winter.
My store will open "06-Jan-2016-regular hours" for the coming season. As a welcome to the New Year I would like to offer everyone a 15% discount on all children and adult beekeeping suits.
Also spend over $100. on regular priced items and receive 10% off. (Nucs are not included in this sale)...