Monday, August 8, 2011

Fall Beekeeping Tips

The summer has really flown by!! I have been robbing my hives for the past week or so. It is a great year compared to last year, despite the rainy weather! This is the week to cage your queen(s) if you don't plan on wintering your bees over. It can be difficult to cage a queen. First find her.Then remove the cork on the queen cage. Gently try to coax her to climb into the box. She will not want to but keep cornering her and guiding her into the box without hurting her or smashing her. Once she is in the box, push the cork into the hole of the queen box and put a pc. of ductape over the cork being careful not to cover the screen. This will ensure she can still be fed by her workers. If you lost your cork, a wine cork can be carved to replace the original cork. Any questions can be asked by calling me at 374-8984.

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