Watch John Miller, Commercial Beekeeper from North Dakota and Northern California, discuss his role in the pollination industry.
Commercial beekeeper John Miller has fought to help keep our world's natural pollinators alive. "The link between plants and bees is a seductive life cycle, and for 120 years my family has kept bees," he said, describing what he believes is the best job ever. However, over the last 70 years, America has lost half of its bee colonies due to their inability to find pasture, the increasing harm from pesticide and the viral predator bug, the ...
Splits, or "increase" as it is referred to in some parts of the US, are usually performed by beekeepers in the spring. Splits allow us to recover from winter losses and grow our apiaries with new hives. Beekeepers have referred to splits as "nucs" or nucleus hives as they are normally comprised of:
As a management practice, splits are used to reduce the likelihood of colonies issuing a swarm. Beekeepers reduce the colony population by removing frames of capped brood when creating splits, thereby reducing originating colony congestion.
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Swarms are a natural phenomenon in beekeeping that all of us will have an opportunity to manage at some point along our journey. Once members of your community find out that you are a beekeeper, the phone will start ringing throughout the spring as swarms appear.
At the point where honey bees become so congested in their hive, the workers bees will choose several larvae of the proper age, and start feeding them copious amounts of royal jelly. These larva are then nurtured to become queen cells. Swarm cells are normally found at the bottom of the frame along ...