Observations and Bee Experiment

Summer of 2014, with experimentation and research online, we’ve changed our thinking about foundation a little. We want to use the middle bar frame to promote foundationless frames instead of plastic or wax foundation. We think it’s more sustainable, less expensive, and will decrease some disease transmission. Stan has been raising queen bees this fall. […]

Queens from MPCAP Program

Our queen and package supplier is part of the Managed Pollinator CAP program, which tests for hygienic bee behavior. We are excited to be part of the bee decline solution by supporting these producers. They test breeder queens for the recessive genetic trait, hygienic bee behavior. Hygienic behavior is when workers bees sense a missing […]

What’s happening to our honey bees?

This article is from my days working for USU Extension. Thought it was appropriate to share here.   What’s happening to our honey bees?  By Alicia Moulton  Honey bees are on the decline throughout the world.  Here’s why.   Honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder is a complex matter with many contributing factors that have compounded over […]

How to Test for Hygienic Behavior

How to test for hygienic behavior This method is taken from “A sustainable approach to controlling honey bee diseases and varroa mites” Available http://www.sare.org/publications/factsheet/0305.htm May 20, 2008. Materials 3 in. cylinder (PVC pipe) 10-15 oz liquid nitrogen (easily obtained from welding supplier) Liquid nitrogen tank Frame with more than 3 inches diameter sealed brood(Fewer than 30 […]