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Bee tips for April
1) If you lost bees, order nucs or packages. Nucs or packages started in May, when the weather is settled, will out perform Mid April made bees every year. Early queens, cold hives and cold weather are some of the keystones to a failing season.
2) Check your hives for stores as early as possible. Bees in the north start laying eggs the end of January and have been raising brood for months. Many hives are lost in March/April due to starvation. Now is the time to provide your bees with proper feed to sustain them until the natural sources of food are readily available.
3) If you are not a customer, get on our mailing list (send us an e-mail request), visit our web site and take advantage of our 2+ decades of beekeeping to help you become a self sustaining beekeeping operation.
advised - April 2014
Greetings fellow Beekeepers. The winter of 2013-2014 will go down as one of the most severe in many decades. Long, extremely cold weather prevented bees from making necessary cleansing flights, moving to new stores and in many, many cases bees just succumbed to a very hard winter. We know many beekeepers are frustrated with the difficulties of wintering bees in the north. There is just to much misinformation out there for beekeepers to sort through, untested fads and tons of inexperienced advice we find are costing beekeepers there hives. It really is very simple - beekeeping is animal husbandry. It requires a little study, a little effort and a consistent approach. A solid Integrated pest management strategy ,( IPM), a quality stock of bees and consistent 4 season management is the only road that will lead you to being a self sustaining beekeeper. Over the past decade or so it is estimated as much as 80% - 90% of the wild bees have been lost to disease. parasites and poor seasons. With this being the case how can bees being kept in an un-natural environment be expected to do well and survive without proper management. Needless to say the bees imported in the early part of this century from Australia (now banned in the U.S.) with new health impacts, the forced production of queens (like puppy mills) to keep up with losses and some really poor seasons are all factors. If you lost your bees again this year and are tired of that treadmill we encourage you to stay tuned to our web site or contact us via e-mail if you are not on our customer list. One of longest customers has lost bees his 1st 4 seasons. After sharing his frustration with me we helped him format a plan for the season. This worst winter in decades he got 5 of 6 of his hives through and he is thrilled. We aren't experts, there are no experts in todays beekeeping. We are full time professionals with the time to research, test and stay ahead of the curve - so far. We are committed to helping our customers become self sufficient and successful beekeepers and will be announcing some methods to help those struggling with wintering bees to gain an edge over this season.