3 results for tag: honey bees


State Fair of Texas

State Fair of Texas - Texas Beekeepers Association Honey Booth

Splits

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. James Ranne of the Concho Valley Beekeepers Association offers his method of performing splits for ...

Swarms

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 the bottom bar.  Workers then begin to reduce food provided to the existing queen ...