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Published on April 25, 2012 By Draginol In Pets & Nature

Today was a reasonably warm day and very sunny.  I used the opportunity to split one of my beehives into two.

Here’s how that works.

I have a beehive that’s doing pretty well. To split a hive, you take a bunch of frames from inside the hive that have eggs and open celled larva and move it (and the bees on the frame) to the new hive.  In a few days, week, the bees will realize there’s no queen and feed one of the larva royal jelly which will turn that bee into a queen.

I currently have 4 hives, the goal this year is to get that number to 6.  As of today, I have 5.  If I get another nice day, I hope to split another.


Comments (Page 1)
on Apr 25, 2012

Draginol,

Are bee populations still crashing or has that problem been solved?  In the news I hear conflicting reports.  And what do you think the real cause was?

 

on Apr 25, 2012

I got a hive last month with most of the needed gear . . I need some bees now.

on Apr 25, 2012

There was an article on yahoo news a few weeks ago about a possible cause. Pesticides, though nothing real definitive.

on Apr 25, 2012

In a few days, week, the bees will realize there’s no queen and feed one of the larva royal jelly which will turn that bee into a queen.

That sounds far more logical and a lot less messy than the political system in America.

On a separate note: I had no idea you could get honey from a frog.

on Apr 25, 2012

My dad, uncles, and both grandfathers kept bee hives.  What kind of bees are they?  I think my dad raised Italian (I think that's the kind, ain't it?).  It was fun watching him get the honey out of the wooden stacks and now that I think about it, I wish I'd have kept his bee keeping stuff.  Would have come in handy when I had to kill off a yellow jacket nest last year. 

on Apr 25, 2012

on Apr 25, 2012

Zubaz
I got a hive last month with most of the needed gear . . I need some bees now.

So, we should start calling you ZubuzZ?

on Apr 25, 2012

I'm interested in bee keeping. As hobby and harvest. But a family member is mortally allergic to their sting.

What are you guys raising them for? Hobby or harvest, or pollination of your fields or a clients? Or?

 

 

RedDwarf999
Are bee populations still crashing or has that problem been solved?  In the news I hear conflicting reports.  And what do you think the real cause was?
From a few weeks ago...

"Our result replicates colony collapse disorder as a result of pesticide exposures,” said Lu, who specializes in environmental exposures to pesticides (Harvard University).

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/04/neonicotinoids-colony-collapse/

Expect this study and topic to be trolled by those with something to lose. Bees are big business. What happens when the cause of colony collapses are unequivocally tied to commercial pesticides? Millions of dollars in lawsuits I'm sure. Loss of billions if neonicotinoids are taken off the market. And this, coming at a time when the public is clearly moving towards healthy, sustainably grown food stuffs. Monsanto and Dow and DuPont et all are taking heat.

The people speak up, the narrative changes, the market reacts. 

 

Case in point from earlier today... 

"Burger King vows cage-free chicken and pork"

The decision by Burger King, which uses hundreds of millions of eggs and tens of millions of pounds of pork annually, could represent a game-change in the egg and pork supply business as a huge new market has opened up for humanely raised food animals.

While some companies have been responding to consumer demand by incorporating some percentages of cage-free eggs into their purchase orders, the landslide passage by voters in 2008 of California's Proposition 2, which will ban chicken cages and gestation crates by 2015, caused buyers and suppliers nationwide to take notice. Since then studies have shown that shoppers are willing to pay more for products they believe are produced to higher animal protection standards.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47172360/ns/business-us_business/t/burger-king-vows-cage-free-chicken-pork/?fb_ref=.T5iNavdW3x0.like&fb_source=timeline#.T5igRLPDfRB


 

on Apr 25, 2012

 

I dig honey. I dig frogs. Just don't smack the frog, honey.    

on Apr 25, 2012

From last week: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-bee-collapse-buys-bee-research-firm/

Hobby/honey.  My mother got a few hives last year and my sister bought a hive and then decided she didn't want it.  The back of my yard needs a purpose . . so things happened.

The hive will be set up behind that screen, next to the creek:

 

(Ignore teh dirt . . I had to replace some sump pup drainage (by hand).

on Apr 25, 2012

RedDwarf999
Are bee populations still crashing or has that problem been solved? In the news I hear conflicting reports. And what do you think the real cause was?

A few years ago I remember seeing a report on the Teev that Oz was sending a whole bunch of queens over to the US to help restore the US population [bee, that is]....

I assume that's been and done....

on Apr 26, 2012

I miss my bees. I only had two hives that were right next to a peach orchard. I've never had better honey before or since. My bees were some type of naturalized Italians. If I remember right I captured them with the help of a beekeeping friend. I remember one time I was smoking them to do some hive checking and discovered I had used one of my grandfather's helmets (he was a logger) that had a hole in the top. I ended up with over thirty stings on my head. Ouch. I was a bad beekeeper, I never wanted to steal their honey. I was saving up to buy a small frame extractor when I had to give them up. Someday I'll have some again.

Here, we had a fungus that infected the bees. Since it was carried from hive to hive the only way to get rid of it was to kill the hive. Quite a concern for someone with only two hives. Even more so for someone with 500. It seems that anything that gets into the hive means you have to kill them.

on Apr 26, 2012

Does beekeeping cost a lot of time? I'm interested in keeping bees myself when I'm graduated. Another question, how close can one get before the bees start to become protective of there hive and go stinging you?

on Apr 26, 2012

Any Stardockians reading this who are at the office, I will be splitting the office hives and I have two nucs.

on Apr 26, 2012

They have pretty definitively (now) identified a particular ingredient in a pesticide that replaced other pesticides in the 90's as the most likely primary cause of colony collapse disorder.  It messes with the bees neural systems really badly.

Here's an article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120405224653.htm

When I was a kid we had a hive swarm and end up coating the walls of our laundry room.  We called a bee keeper and he found the original colony in our carport attic.  He got over 90 US Lbs of honey from it and said the hive was so heavy it almost collapsed the ceiling.