Ol Bee Gal, Episodes 1-4
Veteran beekeeper Becky Tipton answers questions from our readers about bees and beekeeping. If you’d like Becky to answer one of your questions, you can follow this link, or post a question in the comments section of an article.
Here are the questions addressed in episode 1:
How do I store beeswax?
- How to render and mold wax
- How to Clean, Melt, and Store Beeswax
Should I leave my bees honey in the hive instead of feeding sugar through winter?
Why did my hives abscond?
After we had weather below freezing I lost all of my bees. How can I avoid this in the future?
Why should you paint your bee box?
What are the best three brands of honey?
If bees don’t need to create comb because they are in a flow hive, would that give them more energy and resources for making honey?
What should beekeepers be working on over the winter months?
Here are the questions addressed in episode 2:
What can I do to prevent “small black ants” that may be causing my bees to abscond?
I’ve made beeswax candles, and, even though I’ve primed the wick, the candles are not burning evenly. What can I do differently?
How do I do a count for varroa mites?
After requeening a swarm, how long can I expect the new queen’s genetics to completely pass through the hive?
If you cut holes in the top box to let out condensation, does that let other insects in?
What about ordering bees this spring?
Here are the questions addressed in episode 3:
What happens to the old queen after the hive makes a new queen?
Why have my bees made honey of varied colors?
What does it mean to you to be a beekeeper?
I purchased packages of bees with Saskatraz bees. Are these queens noted for swarming?
If the queen receives royal jelly at the larval stage, what is she fed at the adult stage?
How many bees can I keep with approximately 100 acres of various types of forage?
How do bees do when wind farms are put in the area?
When does a queen ideally start laying winter bees? Does supplementary feeding effect this decision?
Here are the questions addressed in episode 4:
What can I do with black/brown propolis infused comb?
Are there temperature limits when using oxalic acid?
If I buy a nucleus with short frames, how can I move the bees into a regular, deep-framed hive.
What time of day is best to rob the hive?
What is the best time to consolidate hives?
I’m storing old comb and they are now covered in fungus. What can I do to prevent this in the future?
What’s the best way to get rid of hive beetles?
If you’re not supposed to heat honey to high temperatures, what happens to the quality when you put it in a cup of tea?
Is it too late to treat my hive for mites?
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