Sunday, March 13, 2011

Help needed....

The following is a email from a WCBA member on his hives. Please use the comment box below to leave any tips or suggestions.

I've just examined my three hives.
The first was dead. All the bees were on the bottom board, lower super had no honey left, upper super had plenty. Two frames had dead bees on uncapped comb.
The second had a good quantity of bees in the upper super - the lower was empty of honey. I reversed the supers and began feeding with 1:1 sugar

The third hive had a good quantity of bees in upper super. Reversed and fed.

Any ideas why one hive didn't have the collective sense to forage upward? There was no sign of disease or mold. Perhaps they had mites and just didn't make it through? ?

When should I start looking through the hive for a queen? Any suggestions?


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Welcome to Social Media Networking fellow Beekeepers!

You can now find us on Facebook! The link to our Facebook page is on the left. We have also created a private group on Facebook that will allow us to post more private things such as directions to other beekeepers houses if there should be an impromptu field trip. If you would like to be included in this private group, please leave a message either on our Facebook page (you must have a Facebook account) or send Michelle a message at

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Highland Valley Apiaries.......

If you are looking for local Apiary consulting, bee products, honey, bees and more check out Ron Papa's new site; Highland Valley Apiaries

Highland Valley Apiaries is a small family business located in Milford, Pennsylvania. We are producers of Local Raw Honey for northeast PA, NJ,and NY. Our apiary locations are selected for there abundance and variety of natural floral sources. We also pride ourselves on producing the best honey possible by keeping healthy bees that are free from the use of hard chemical treatments or antibiotics.

Online Seminars

The following are online classes and seminars through Brushy Mountain Bee Farm:

Year 2 - Build them up, keep them healthy, and produce honey:
We will have a panel made up of beekeepers from different parts of the U.S. Each will discuss the steps they take coming out of winter to build the colonies. We will cover how to get the most from the colony while also keeping it healthy. Lets get ready for the coming year. Panelist include Kim Flottum (editor of Bee Culture Magazine) and Marygael Meister (hobby beekeeper in Denver, CO)
Title: Year 2 - Build them up, keep them healthy, and produce honey
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
The webinar is free; however, space is limited and advanced registration is required. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Online Beginner's Class:
This class is broken into 4 sessions. Each session will focus on a different topics and you can pick and choose which you wish to attend. All together, the 4 sessions will take you start to finish of your first year of beekeeping. All four sessions are free but advance registration is required. If you would like, you canpurchase a CD with all four sessions and other resources. This will be available upon conclusion of the last session. Below are the registration links for the class.