Posts Tagged ‘honeybee health’

This hive swarmed the very next day.  Then it went on to throw 5 more swarms that we know about.  Today, (mid January, 2014) it's our strongest hive.

This hive swarmed the very next day. Then it went on to throw 5 more swarms that we know about. Today, (mid January, 2014) it’s still our strongest hive with no intervention.

Whenever the subject of making splits, pulling off queen cells, or otherwise trying to prevent the hive from swarming comes up at the bee meeting, I am always reluctant to entertain the idea.  To me it just didn’t sound natural.  What guarantee would I have that I am selecting the best queen cells.  But I can’t argue with the more experienced beekeepers because, well, I’m a new beekeeper with no experience.  Recently I came across an article in Simple Bees,  written  by John Haverson, a British Beekeeper.  He presents some compelling reasons why we should let the bees decide for themselves.  Swarming Bees Healthy Bees Haverson

Read Full Post »