September 28, 2019

Great Lakes Bee Supply recommends, to all beekeepers in Southwest Michigan and those affected in other counties, that starting no later than 7pm Sunday Sept. 29th, 2019 , all beekeepers put an entrance reducer on their hive and block the bees into the hive for the dura...

We get thousands of calls from beekeepers all over Michigan and many from other states about beekeeping. Some problems are new and different, others we hear about time after time.

Occasionally someone will call about their hive not using new frames. They installed their...

Is my big hive just extra strong or is my smaller hive too weak?

In our classes we often mention the benefits to starting or having more than one bee hive. One of those reasons is allowing you to compare progress of each hive to another one nearby. This can help identif...

By no means is Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) the only thing that can kill a hive, but it certainly is more common that you think. Deformed wing virus comes from the Varroa Destructor and is one of the more obvious viruses to identify in a hive. Below are some symptoms of D...

August 31, 2018

Each year, around August & September, depending on the weather patters, we get calls about a bad odor coming from hives. Many beekeepers first think; Foulbrood, because of the bad odor associated with the Foulbrood infections. Others think perhaps a different brood dis...

Bee Flight Paths

There are a few different methods and some things to watch out for when putting something in front of the hive.

In general, bees prefer a nice long flight path too and from their hive, without obstruction. (See Diagram E) This allows them to freely come...

Have you ever wondered what a swarm looks like? This short video is a swarm in progress.

Bees swarm because something isn't up to their specs. If the queen runs out of places to lay eggs, the workers feel too crowded, workers run out of places to store honey, the hive k...

We often get asked, how do I tell if I have a queen, because I can't find her?


 

If you cannot find your queen, don't worry, we rarely see her anyways. The best way to tell if she is ok, is by looking for signs of her. If you have eggs in the bottoms of cells somewhere...

April 26, 2018

Question: What happens if I have to have someone else pick my NUC up, but they are unwilling to install it?

Answer: If you must leave the bees in the NUC for any length of time, you will need to OPEN the little door on the front of the NUC. This will allow the bees to c...

April 20, 2018

Sooo, what are you supposed to do with stranded waterbirds? Do you know? Loons and grebes can accidentally land on roads, parking lots, and other reflective surfaces (usually at night), because they mistake them for open water. These birds can't get back into the air,...

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