Monitoring hives in April

Monitoring hives in April is wonderful as much as a delicate exercise. We're illustrating it here with three examples issued this season. From the exit of a harsh winter in Slovakia, to a split sacked by its neighbors…

Should I insulate my hives in winter? When, how, why?

In winter, bees consume their stored resources for food and heat. Depending on the latitudes, the winter can be more or less mild and the colonies can go through a variety of situations. What is the case where you…

Apiary yard location can have an impact on brood development – The case of summer overheating

The location of the apiary greatly conditions the development of future colonies. Bee health, productivity, feeding needs and various stresses are closely linked with the surrounding environment. Some beekeepers do not…

Guidelines and tools for finding the perfect bee yard location

The location of the apiary greatly conditions the development of future colonies. Bee health, productivity, feeding needs and various stresses are closely linked with the surrounding environment. Some beekeepers do not…

Understanding Blossom and Nectar Flow

Understanding blossom and nectar flow is an essential need for every beekeeper – or rather trying to understand them, as the subject can become very complex. Over the years, professional beekeepers develop this…

Making splits – monitoring the new colony without disturbing it

There are many ways to split a hive but in any case, the expected result remains the same: A new colony that will raise or adopt a new queen. This requeening process cannot always be guaranteed and may sometimes fail.…

Swarming control – Tools & techniques for timely action

Swarming is the colony's reproduction mode. Every hive is programmed to swarm. Beekeepers strive to control this age-old mechanism to ensure a better production. Many techniques exist to control swarming. And every…

Beyond inspections: follow your apiary in real time

Beyond inspections: follow your apiary in real time Precision beekeeping is characterized by real-time apiary monitoring. This is useful at any time, even for carrying out the yearly…

Blooming and honeydews

Blooming and honeydews One aspect that makes beekeeping an interesting practice is that it immerses you into nature. You become an informed observer of the ecosystem because you and…

The case of hive #5

The case of hive #5 Our hive R5 which in 2018 had achieved a beautiful acacia honey flow does not seem very successful in 2019. While during inspections it seemed to develop well, the results are clear: 4.9kg against…