Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Queen Marking

Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Queen Marking (first published in the ABF Quarterly, Volume 78, No. 3, 2020) “Beekeeping is Local” but it is also dependent on the goals and objectives of the beekeeper. Practices used by Sideliners and Hobbyists may vary from techniques practiced by Commercial Beekeepers. Your experience, knowledge and skills will […]

Encouraging Propolis Deposition in Managed Hives: A Comparison of Three Wall Treatments

Encouraging Propolis Deposition in Managed Hives: A Comparison of Three Wall Treatments Eric France, Joe Komperda & Kathy Cox University of Montana Master Beekeeping Program Master Beekeeper Course, Summer 2019 – Final Research Paper September 2, 2019   Abstract In nature, a propolis envelope can provide critical health defenses for the honey bee colony. As such, various […]

My Bees Died this Fall!

I’ve been getting reports on the loss of many “hives” (Colonies) this fall in Colorado. It is somewhat discouraging to hear this… Late October/early November can be a very pivotal point in your Honey Bee Colonies’ ability to get through Winter. I have seen colonies appear large and “healthy” in late September only to collapse […]

Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Basic Hive Inspections

Bee-Engaged: An Average Joe’s Guide to Basic Hive Inspections (first published in the ABF Quarterly, Volume 78, No. 2, 2020 – June 2020) By: Joseph “Joe” J. Komperda, Sr., The Average Joe Beekeeper, Certified Master Beekeeper  “Beekeeping is Local” but it is also dependent on the goals and objectives of the beekeeper. Practices used by […]