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by kristinahoney
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Beginning Beekeeping is NOT for Dummies Spring 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 2827

Beginning Beekeeping is NOT for Dummies Spring 2017

Beginning Beekeepingis NOT for Dummies Spring 2017 The focus will be understanding bees and beekeeping so you'll have a scaffold on which to hang new information and a foundation for problem solving. I want to get you and your bees through the first year and point you at what you'll need for years ...
by kristinahoney
Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: does using beeswax harm the bees?
Replies: 1
Views: 4564

Re: does using beeswax harm the bees?

Hi BSG, You should be using cosmetic or high grade, purified beeswax for products you apply to your body. The best beeswax is from cappings, the wax coverings that are removed during the honey extracting process. This is a normal byproduct of honey harvesting, so there's no harm to the bees. If you'...
by kristinahoney
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Hive help and mentoring available
Replies: 0
Views: 3136

Hive help and mentoring available

BEEHAVE mentoring and hive support Do you wish your bees would just Beehave? Do they wish the same of you? I offer professional one-on-one hands-on mentoring and consulting services for you and your bees in your bee yard. There is a lot to learn right up front and there’s a huge gap between even th...
by kristinahoney
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: bee-safe wasp removal
Replies: 6
Views: 10569

Re: bee-safe wasp removal

Hello Again, BSG, First, you need to calm down. Take some deep breaths. Forget all the information you just posted. It's ALL wrong. ALL OF IT! Please reread the earlier replies. If you are going to be an organic gardener, then you must learn to deal with insects. Did you know that wasps are highly b...
by kristinahoney
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: bee-safe wasp removal
Replies: 6
Views: 10569

Re: bee-safe wasp removal

Hi, These sound like the European paper wasp, Polistes dominulus . The nests like little (up to 5in. diameter) umbrellas of gray papery honeycomb. Aerial yellow jacket and hornet nests are enclosed in a gray roundish papery covering. The best thing is just to knock them down with a broom or stick no...
by kristinahoney
Sun May 29, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Under attack by robber bees!
Replies: 2
Views: 5063

Re: Under attack by robber bees!

Hi, Are you sure they're robber bees? What does the behavior look like? Bees don't usually rob in the spring, although they certainly can. Does the robbing occur at a particular time of day? Drone flight is at it's peak this time of year and can look very dramatic. They go out around 10 and return a...
by kristinahoney
Tue May 17, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Male Tanager Birds Picking Off Bees
Replies: 2
Views: 5346

Re: Male Tanager Birds Picking Off Bees

Hi Margaret, Birds are crazy with rearing their young this time of year! You can put a protective chicken wire "bubble" over the front of the hive as you would for skunks. The wire bubble should be big enough that it's about a foot away from the front of the hive. It's easy to mold/shape that stuff....
by kristinahoney
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Spring Splits
Replies: 1
Views: 4137

Re: Spring Splits

Hi, The mating weather for the new queen is the main issue now until Mothers' Day. You can get around this by purchasing a mated queen. That way you know she's not only mated but WELL mated. Go into your hives today - last chance for a while - and look for swarm cells. If they're capped, a swarm may...
by kristinahoney
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: New beekeeper might have a queenless hive
Replies: 2
Views: 5988

Re: New beekeeper might have a queenless hive

Hi, A few questions and clarifications before I can answer very much. Bees mostly (99.999%) make two sizes of cells: worker and drone. In each they can put worker or drone eggs/larvae, respectively or honey. Queen cells hang vertically and look kind of like a peanut. You may see queen "cups" which a...
by kristinahoney
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Newbie seeking advice
Replies: 4
Views: 7549

Re: Newbie seeking advice

And here's my YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq-s04_-CFc
or you can search Beehave Queen Marking Kit. The advantage of the tube is that you don't have to handle the queen directly.
Cheers,
Kristina