Watch as Melinda checks her hives for the first time and she see an very active queen bee.
Melinda Jean Stafford shows us why and where to clear the snow from your hive and where it is acceptable to have snow on your hive.
When was the last time y’all used furniture polish on your household wood? Maybe like me,you might not be able to even find any polish in your home. That’s telling. If you have access tobeeswax and have some food-grade oil, you have the makings for some all-natural, DIY woodpolish. What you will need:-1 cup oil-¼ […]
Melinda shows how to mix and apply oxalic acid to your hive.
Check out Melinda’s instructions to make sure your hive is properly ventilated for the winter.
Check out Melinda’s video about choosing honey containers. Honey is a great gift to give to your friends and family.
It’s always exciting to see the queen when inspecting a hive. It’s particularly exciting to see a new queen emerge from her queen cell for the first time! The birth of a new queen! I was fortunate to witness this recently. I opened one of my hives for a usual inspection and found multiple queen […]
Beekeepers this time of year are excited to dive in for a first inspection of the spring. It’s common to find that some hives in your apiary didn’t survive the winter. Don’t be too discouraged by this because it’s statistically normal to lose some hives, even with the best of beekeeping practices. But, it’s helpful […]
Spring has sprung! We got lucky here in Boise, Idaho this past week with a few sunny days in the 60s – perfect for the first inspection of the spring. I was happy to find that two of my three hives are alive and well! Those odds are pretty good. 1. The first one I […]
Hives that survived through the new year were likely low on Varroa mites going into the cold season. On the contrary, I’ve noticed that hives with high Varroa levels going into winter often die before the new year. So, pat yourself on the back if your hives are still alive right now! You can tell […]