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For those of you who live within fifty miles of Lone Star Farms, take advantage of "Lone Star Farms Apiary Inspection Service." Contact Dennis for details.

If you belong to a beekeeping club and would like me to come teach one of the class topics that are listed on the class page, please have your president contact me. The four hour class would have to be held on a Saturday and there is a fifteen person minimum. Education is key to successful beekeeping management. Thanks

For those of you who can attend the August class, I just posted the "Beginners Beekeeping Part #1" class.

"Beginners Beekeeping Course"

( Part 1 )

This class will teach you; 

    1. Before you invest.
    2. Necessary hive components for the beginner.
    3. Hive construction.
    4. Workshop. 
    5. Resources.  


Bee Talk

Hey Dennis,

I have been into honey bees now for over a year. Last year, when I split my hives, I made six new hives. I bought three Carniolan queens and let the other three hives create their own queens which are Carniolan honey bees. I should have had six new hives with my other six hives.

To my surprise, I lost three hives with the store bought queens. I checked for diseases and the bees had plenty of food and pollen. I did notice moth eggs but, that does not kill bees. They survived three months and I watched very closely. The queens were not laying eggs in a good pattern and the bees were confused and slowly dying off.

The three other hives are doing well, very strong already and have honey in the brood box and I am putting supers of foundation for them to draw out.

So here is my question. The bees I bought came from California stock and the other three were made by my own bees. Could it be the climate change that caused the California bees to die? I will never buy another queen because of this. It seems I have better luck raising my own. So, I am just wondering if anyone else has had a problem through the years buying queens, because this is mind boggling to me and I take very good care of my bees. Rocky

Hello Rocky,

It is hard to say what went wrong without all the details. It sounds more like how the splits were made up than anything else at this point. In my book, "Beekeeping; A Personal Journey" I give a detailed system on how to make a split. For many years I have raised my own queens but in the last 15 years I have purchased queens from good breeders with equal success.

Without watching how the splits were made, there is no way for me to know exactly what went wrong. There are a lot of details to follow in order to come out with a solid, prosperous division in the end. Don't give up on the good queen breeders because of one bad experience. In beekeeping you will never have things go right for you 100% of the time.



Hi Dennis,

I'm sad to say my re-queening didn't go so well. I guess she and her workers got too hot. I put her in the hive Saturday evening. I checked her Sunday and Monday. Everything looked fine, but she was still not out of her cage, so I took a nail and opened a small hole in the candy end of the cage. By this time there were several worker bees on the outside of the cage so, I figured they were getting used to her. Well Tuesday morning I checked her again, and all looked well. We left later in the day for vacation. When we got back Thursday evening, one of the first things I did was check on my queen, but when I looked in the hive her and all her workers in the cage were dead! The hole in the candy was not large enough to allow other bees in to kill them, so I guess they died of heat. I made sure to remove all queen cells and verified there wasn't a queen before I introduced her. I don't know, but I heard that on Tuesday or Wednesday it got close to 110 degrees. I also lost a rabbit that same day. Anyway, I remembered what you always say about thinking like a commercial beekeeper, but enjoying my bees like a hobby beekeeper, so I combined that hive with another hive and it seems to be doing good now. Betty

Hello Betty,

There are times in beekeeping that we never are able to figure out what went wrong and it seems this is one of those times for you. However, you have already learned how to handle the dilemma and have moved forward. You would be surprised how many beekeepers that would have let the "small" hive re-queen itself this time of year, (fall) baby it and then end up losing it during the winter months. Good job.


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