For the backyard beekeeper/hobbyist, particularly for novices, one of the things that may seem counterintuitive is the idea of rearing a new queen for your colonies. I remember when I first started beekeeping, I was terribly protective of my queen – which is not a bad thing. But there are some really good reasons why […]
A Call to Action for Alaska’s B...
Honeybees (and other pollinators) are facing new, manmade threats. In the past year, commercial beekeepers in California – personal friends of mine – lost more than 50 percent of their overwintered hives because of exposure to pesticides IN THE GROVES AND ORCHARDS THEY WERE CONTRACTED TO POLLINATE! In other words, farmers would contract with commercial […]
ABI 2017: Can You Help?
2017 will be our first full season at our Kenai Mountains Beeyard. We built the beeyard so that we could bring surviving colonies together to breed queens that have a track record of survival. This requires that we find a place far away from other beekeepers, so that we can insure that only queens and […]
Pics of one of our queens
Another Great Michael Bush Video R...
The series of Michael Bush videos from the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association is excellent. The programs are between 45 and 90 minutes long, and are very informative. This video is called Lazy Beekeeping, and while it certainly focuses on reducing work, it also addresses a lot of important issues that all beekeepers can appreciate. Check […]
Stating the Obvious: Winter is Coming
It is… In the spirit of helping to cheer you up at the prospect of winter, I wanted to share this video with you. Michael Bush did a series of presentations at the Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association in Virginia, and they are available online. They are excellent videos, and well worth the time. This particular […]
Things We’ve Learned So Far
Bees in the News
Michael Bush Talks About Rearing Quee...
I found this video online where Michael Bush talks about raising queens. It is a very nice tutorial for the beginner who wants to raise queens, and talks about the advantages of making your own. Michael doesn’t really address the situation we have here. We don’t have feral, acclimated bees. In order to improve the […]
Should I Re-queen With a Surviving Da...
There has been some discussion recently about requeening your hive in July with a surviving queen daughter from Alaska Bee Initiative. There are some good reasons to do it. Many beekeepers will allow their hives to requeen (remove the old queen) right as the nectar flow starts. The reason to do this is to allow […]