When it comes to beekeeping, two is better than one. Or is it? Does it ever make sense to have only one colony? Attend any bee club meeting or read any honey bee books, and you'll come across the recommendation to start with at least 2 hives. There are solid reasons for this advice! Two … Continue reading Does it Make Sense to Start with Only ONE Honey Bee Colony?
Varroa mites can decimate your honey bee colony. They weaken the bees, decrease lifespan, and lead to high viral loads. What can be done? Every major honey bee organization recommends taking regular mite counts to assess the health of your colony. An increasing mite load can spell disaster for your hive - increasing disease and … Continue reading What if you are Doing Mite Counts Wrong?
Honey bees are model workers and important pollinators, but are they invasive? Should we be trying to save them or should we be forcing their eviction? As beekeepers, we get asked a zillion questions about bees. Over the years, the most common questions have centered on how to "save the bees." Just recently, that tone … Continue reading Are Honey Bees an Invasive Species
What are the bare necessities to getting started in beekeeping? What suit should you get? What tools do you need? How much equipment?? We answer this, and more.... Get your kids started in beekeeping; that way, they won't have money for drugs Beekeeping can be an expensive venture. There are so many tools, parts, and … Continue reading Beginning Beekeeping – What you need to get started!
What is the best way to help out struggling bees and pollinators? If you aren’t a gardener or don’t have a yard, how can you help?? As beekeepers, we have an inside view on the needs of pollinators and we’ve boiled it down to 3 easy things that everyone can do to impact our pollinators. … Continue reading How you can help #savebees
This article is part of our "trees for bees" series where we feature trees/shrubs that are excellent pollinator forage American Linden (also known as Basswood) is a gorgeous tree. It grows in a pyramidal shape (rare for a deciduous tree) and has interesting off-center, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are edible when young and the blossoms … Continue reading American Linden – A Honey Bee Favorite
Duffy Meadows Research & Consulting was started in order to research honey bee health and to improve rare plant breeding. So one year after it's inception....where are the honey bees? Good question! Funny things happen when your business revolves around nature....human goals have to be adjusted, reassessed, and kept fluid. We have a complete ten … Continue reading Where are the Honey Bees?