Monthly Archives: December 2016

Get your swarm traps ready for Spring!

Submitted by D. Donk and J.Orem Updated 12-28-16 with the most recent swarm trap plans compliments of Jeff Jump and Jason Bruns. These guys took this information to heart and made it easy for anyone wanting to build the ideal swarm traps from a 4x8 sheet of plywood. You can make two traps with one…
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Beekeeping Tips for January

By Jim Orem and Ginger Davidson What is happening in the hive: The temperature outside may be freezing but the bees are inside the hive generating heat by 'shivering' their wing muscles. The bees can disconnect their wings to allow them to use their muscles for heat generation in order to keep the center of…
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Beekeeping Tips for December

By Jim Orem and Ginger Davidson What is usually happening in the hive: The bees are clustered together in a dormant state.   Periodic stretches of warm weather will allow the bees to break their cluster in order to take cleansing (defecating) flights, and hopefully move closer to honey stores. By the time December rolls around,…
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