Author: Stuart

Package Installation – one week in

The installation of package bees is one of the easier beekeeping tasks.  Whether installing in a hive with drawn comb from a deadout or in a new hive with undrawn foundation, it only takes a few minutes.  The next few…

Late Swarm

Swarms in Connecticut are unusual in late summer but not unheard of. Yesterday I was called by someone who had seen a lot of honey bee activity on their neighbor’s lawn. When I arrived, I was surprised to find that…

The Dearth

In the hottest part of summer nectar and pollen flows can slow down substantially, or even stop completely – a situation called a nectar dearth, or simply “the dearth.” Many new beekeepers are unaware of the dearth and the challenges…

Newly Installed Packages

So far, all the reports I’ve heard from the new beekeepers have been overwhelmingly positive. That’s fantastic, and I’m glad to hear it! A few things: CHECKING YOUR HIVE While the installation didn’t take much in terms of protective clothing…

Package Delivery Dates

Our first package pickup is on March 27, and the packages will arrive in Connecticut some time during the morning of March 28. This load is now SOLD OUT. Because of the strong demand, we’ve added a second package pickup…

Painting Woodenware

Beginners often wonder how much of their woodenware should be painted. In general, only the parts that will be exposed to weather need to be painted. Painting the interior sections is unnecessary and will likely end up causing problems if…

New Packages – 21 Days In

You installed your spring packages.  You fed the colonies as much sugar syrup as they would take.  They look great and they’re building up fast.  Perhaps you’ve even added a second hive body.  Beekeeping is easy!  What could possibly go…

The Beginner Beekeeper

Three great posts about a beginning beekeeper in Mystic, Connecticut: Part One Part Two Part Three I’m going to stop by to check her hives tomorrow.  I’m eager to see how they’re doing. Even though I’ve seen it hundreds of…

A Swarm in May

One of the nice things about this time of year is that it’s pretty common to catch a wild swarm.  I leave bait hives – empty hives with a few drawn frames and a swarm lure that mimics a crucial…