Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm Podcast
Summary: Sustainable beekeeping tips, talk & how-to from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina
This is a ‘radio reader’ episode of an online article “Requeening” by master beekeeper, queen breeder and author Larry Connor. More articles and his (excellent) books available at www.wicwas.com Link to this article: https://www.beeculture.com/requeening/ Clarification from last week (Thanks Chris!) This is the Bush bees I was referring to...link below. Tons of good info on his website and even though I’d read a lot of it there over the years, when I received his book “The Practical Beekeeper” as a Christmas gift I found myself reading it cover to cover and really enjoying it. http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm
Dealing with a hive that appears queenless / Figuring out if it is really queenless / Bush’s Panacea Cure / Queen cells from micro-breeders becoming more available. ( Mostly beginner but with intermediate bits too) About the podcast: Leigh started with bees in 2010 and keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, fully chemical free and without buying replacement bees since starting. When I mention Michael Bush in this and other episodes, this is the website which is a treasure trove of bee reading: http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm (Thanks Chris!)
Preventing swarming after splits. Listener question: What advice would you now give your first year beekeeper self.
Today I read selections of Sue Cobey’s classic article on Cloake board queen rearing. Skilled intermediate and up. Full article here (with illustration): https://www.delta-business.com/CalgaryBeekeepers/Bee-Club-Library/Queens%20and%20Nucs/Cloake%20Board%20Method%20of%20Queen%20Rearing%20and%20Banking%20Sue%20Cobey.pdf
Without moving anything smaller than a frame (no grafting, that is) you can make a few to several good queens off your favorite hive. References mentioned (some in reference to next episode): http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#cutdown Generates a calendar for your queens (use with splits by using your split date as the graft date) https://thebeeyard.org/queen-rearing-calendar/ http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/queenraise.html http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/benhardenmethod.html https://www.theapiarist.org/vertical-splits-making-increase/ https://www.theapiarist.org/cloake-board-queen-rearing/ https://www.theapiarist.org/ben-harden-queen-rearing-intro/ About the podcast: Leigh Knott started with bees in 2010 and keeps around a dozen hives at 3000' in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, fully chemical free and without buying replacement bees since starting.
Aspects to getting quality queens from your own yard. Part one of several. Intermediate level. Bryan Fisher’s YouTube on Summer Splits: https://youtu.be/qkVGLJWaO80 Michael Bush slides on basic queen rearing: http://www.bushfarms.com/QueenRearing.ppt
Continuing with inspection tips and ideas for newer beekeepers. And encouragement, as always, as you start the steep learning curve of beekeeping. Steady on!
Some things to think about and understand about hives before you even open the lid —that will help you understand what you will see inside. Thank you all for every single Share and Review! Ask your questions for future podcasts on Facebook at Five Apple Farm: Bees Honey & More. [Why do I sound so stuffy? Mic must have been in a weird spot...sorry!]
Random bee chat — Some feedback from you and questions I attempt to answer: flow hive, building equipment, split remorse, trickle feeding question and more.
B/I Many beekeepers are starting out or starting over with Nucs or Packages about now. Exciting time! Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that may be helpful— trickle feeding, getting comb drawn, preserving comb, sizing the space, getting comfortable, encouragement to practice, read, watch, ponder, rinse and repeat. Beginner/Intermediate.
Wading into a handy technique to get a box of young bees off a big hive and then getting into the amazing Cut Down split, with variations (This episode likely best for those with a few years experience).
B/I —Making splits and requeening are some of the beekeepers most valuable skills. Understanding the moving parts AND the dynamics that are driving the moving parts Will enable you to make smarter splits for whatever reason you are splitting. Beginner, intermediate and up.
So many equipment choices! Many things are just personal preference but I’ll give beginners some tips to start. And some encouragement as always. [B] = for newer beekeepers / beginners
Part 2 of highlights from Sustainable Bee Yard Class — Using Nucleus Colonies. Intermediate [I] level. Taught at Honey and the Hive (Weaverville NC) on 2/23/19.
Intermediate level—in other words don’t be overwhelmed by it, new beekeepers! Some things discussed in the Sustainable Bee Yard class I taught at Honey and the Hive on February 23, 2019