Author Archives: Jimmy Nguyen

Splitting Colonies & Making Nucs in the Spring

Splitting Colonies & Making Nucs in the Spring

If your colony survived the winter, the first thing you should do is celebrate.  It can be difficult to get bees through their first winter in your location because it can take the bees a year or two to get accustomed to the local nectar, pollen, propolis, and fungal sources (yes, the bees need mushrooms). …Continue Reading

Langstroth vs. Top Bar Hive – The Great Debate

Langstroth vs. Top Bar Hive – The Great Debate

We here at Wild Bunch Bees sell only top bar hives. However, I have managed Langstroth hives in my apiary. I will be very fair in comparing our top bar hive design with the standard Langstroth hives because there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Hopefully, after reviewing the pros and cons between both hive types…Continue Reading

Sugar Syrup Recipe – Lowering the pH

Sugar Syrup Recipe – Lowering the pH

During my first year of beekeeping, one of my hives died in a span of 3 days from the fungal parasite called nosema ceranae. The parasite, which can also transmit a virus, is passed quickly from bee to bee when they exchange food. Nosema ceranae causes severe dysentery in bees and if not treated quickly…Continue Reading

Insulating Your Hives

Insulating Your Hives

In reviewing old beekeeper literature, sometimes there will be references made to beekeepers overwintering their hives indoors in a basement or garage to keep their colonies warm.  Some beekeepers still wrap their hives during the winter with felt paper to “insulate” their hives even though this is more of an air-sealing activity. However, many beekeepers…Continue Reading

Robber Screens Prevent Genghis Khan-like Bee Raids

Robber Screens Prevent Genghis Khan-like Bee Raids

When the nectar flow in your area stops (here in Virginia it happens mid-late June), the honey bees will commence the robbing.  With limited wild nectar to harvest, they will try to find food wherever they can. Attracted to the smell of honey and sugar syrup coming from other hives, honey bees will become like…Continue Reading

Screen Bottom Board Helps Reduce Varroa Mites

Screen Bottom Board Helps Reduce Varroa Mites

The idea of having a screen bottom board made from 1/8” hardware cloth is that the mites will fall through the screen when the bees groom them off.  With the solid bottom board removed (only recommended in summer when nighttime temperatures are regularly above 55°F), the mites will fall to the ground and hopefully, die…Continue Reading

Air Sealed Bee Hives Keep the Cold Out

Air Sealed Bee Hives Keep the Cold Out

It is important that a beehive is protected from drafts especially in the winter when cold air can blast through the hive causing unnecessary chilling.  If you have ever sat by a leaky window on a cold day, you know how cold it can get with even a small amount of cold air blowing in.…Continue Reading

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