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    A Beginners Guide to Essential BeeKeeping Equipment

    by David Laferney, first published at cookevillebeekeepers.com

    Honey bees are cavity nesters, and they will make their home inside of all kinds of things – hollow trees, walls, empty oil drums, water meter boxes – almost any enclosed space that they can get into. And through history (and even today) people have used all kinds of bee hives.

    However, in TN – and most other states – beekeepers are required to use hives that allow full inspections of the colony. “All hive equipment should be of the modern Langstroth type with hanging, movable frames…” However, Mike Studer the TN state Apiarist says “Top bar hives are legal in Tennessee as long as you can remove the frames to inspect for pests and diseases. Actually, Honey bees can be kept in any type of structure or configuration as long as the frames can be removed for inspection…”

    But, this article is only about Langstroth style equipment – the recommended type for new beekeepers.

    A typical Langstroth hive – note that the top super shows a special comb
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    Every Beekeeper needs to recognize the core components of a honey bee hive in planning to split their hive. Here is an article about making splits.

    "Making Increase"


    David LaFerney, first published by cookevillebeekeepers.com

    Making increase is how beekeepers refer to expanding their stocks. Not so long ago all bee keepers made increase because they couldn't just order some bees and let someone else do it for them. Somewhere along the line things changed and something that all beekeepers used to know became a mystery – It’s really easy to make increase.


    Any queenless hive that has the necessary resources to do so will try to make a queen.The required things being – very young larva, food, bees, and drones for the queen to mate with.
    The reason that this is possible
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    Thurs evening I got a call from a lady in Hico that had a swarm in a tree in their front yard. Dwain had given her my name, so Debbie and I stopped by a took a look before dark.

    They were about 25 feet up in a oak tree tightly massed around a 8 inch limb. I had no way of getting them, so I called Dwain back and he agreed to meet me there the next morning with his vacuum system. He let me use it and wow does it ever do the job. We got six and a half pounds of bees including the
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    Feeding Pollen Substitute in Winter

    First posted by David Laferney at cookevillebeekeepers.com

    Broadly speaking Honey Bees need 2 major nutrients – carbs in the form of sugars (nectar, honey) and protein – which they normally get from pollen. Adult bees mostly need carbs for their own energy needs while protein is mostly used for producing brood and growing younger bees to maturity. Pollen is not fed directly to brood – it is first processed into beebread, then eaten by nurse bees. The nurse bees bodies process the pollen/protein and secrete high protein “jelly” from their hypopharyngeal glands – this secretion is then fed to larva, queens, drones and young worker bees.

    In a nutshell – honey bee colonies need protein to produce brood and grow.

    Many beekeepers
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    Why did my honey bees die?

    Learning to identify a common cause of winter death

    By Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University Extension, March 3, 2016

    Beekeepers have already lost a lot of colonies this winter. While official counts won’t be recorded for a few months, some trends are starting to emerge. One of these trends is a specific type of colony death. I’ve received so many calls describing the scenario below, that I can describe the deadout before opening the hive, or before the beekeeper describes it over the phone. While I may impress some with these predictive powers, the frequency of these types of losses indicates a real epidemic that is affecting honey bee colonies in northern states.
    Characteristics of the common early winter death in northern states:

    1. The colony was big and looked healthy in the fall
    2. A lot of honey is left in the top
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    Emergency Feeding – Don’t let your Bees Starve!

    Mountain Camp Sugar Feeding

    by David Laferney, first published at cookevillebeekeepers.com

    To ensure your bees don’t starve over the winter you can very simply pour plain sugar onto a sheet of paper towel or newspaper laid directly on the top bars of the hive. leave room for the bees to get around – that’s just about all there is to it. A useful addition is a piece of half inch mesh wire under the paper so that when you need to inspect you can easily lift the whole thing off and replace it.

    If you have any suspicion that your bees might be low on food - or even if they have food but the cluster might be able to get to
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    Dwain Cleveland called to pass along contact information for a bee removal in Pecan Plantation (thanks Dwain ). While doing a survey of the bee's location, I realized I'd done two take outs behind the house next door last year. We were in prime swarm territory!

    The homeowner had attempted to spray the entrance with wasp spray only to be turned back by defending bees. We didn't know how much of that poison had made it into the nest. Earl said he'd try to save the bees in spite of the possible insecticide contamination.

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    Meeting Information


    We meet at 6:30PM on the second Tuesday of each month at the Glen Rose Citizen's Center, 209 SW Bernard Street, Glen Rose, Texas


    Our goal is to provide opportunities to learn safe & proper practices for the management of honey bees; and in the process, build a stronger beekeeping community.


    Visitors are welcome!


    Glen Rose, Texas sits atop limestone formations containing dinosaur footprints. Our club celebrates that dinosaur connection in it's name: The Dino-Bee Club.


    Club Officers


    Chip Hough, President

    Carl (Crosby) Crosby, Vice President

    Vanessa Lyons, Secretary

    David Lyons, Treasurer