The Four Reason Colonies Die in the Winter
Hive management is essential to successfully maintaining healthy honey bee colonies, but with so many different things out there where do you start? Just when you think you’ve learned it all, heard it all, and seen it all, there is always something new. Commercialism (i.e., selling books, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube) has added to this confusion.
Yet we continually use these things as our primary sources of information. The truth is, if you want to be a better beekeeper, listen to the bees, they tell us everything we need to know.
Every winter millions of honey bee colonies are lost because we are not listening to the bees. It has been well documented that the four major causes of honey bee colonies’ winter losses are mites, moisture or poor ventilation, not enough bees, and starvation. Yet, we keeping on doing the same things hoping for different results. The four causes of winter die-off can be greatly reduced if we simply follow these three rules:
- Keep the bees dry
- Keep the bees feed
- Keep the bees mite count low
By doing these things you will keep a strong and healthy hive. It is for this reason that we have decided to do workshops focusing on the four causes of winter die-off this year.
Not Enough Bees – Making Bees
May 22, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
May 29, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM
12:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Each session will be followed by a question-answer time.
- Different types of splits
- How to split
- How to consolidate a weak hive with a strong one.
- How to spot a Queen
- How to set up a stand by Queen
- How to add a Queen to a hive
Catching and caring for Swarms
- How to prepare for a swarm
- Setting up a swarm trap
- How to grow a swarm
Mites – We will focus on Integrated Pest Management.
- Setting Mite Thresholds
- Using Mechanical and Non-Chemical controls
- Methods for treating for Mites
Starvation – Fall Preparation Using Supplemental Feed
- Combining weak hives
- Spin Honey and Queen excluders
- Treat For mites
Moisture – Preparing the Hive for Winter
- Check Hive for resources
- Remove Supers
- Remove Supplemental Feed
- Spot the Queen
- Tilt Hive forward
- Vent Hive
To attend our workshop please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org after the class date has been posted. In order to provide a safe environment, we are limiting the number of people who can attend each class. These workshops are hands-on so please bring your suit as we will get into the hives (absolutely no hive tools allowed on-site, they will be provided).
Richard McMillian (verified owner) –
This is the second WASBA class after Beginning Beekeeper. I definitely recommend this class for serious beekeepers or those seriously thinking about becoming a beekeeper. The material builds on what you learn in the first class and serves to add to your knowledge about bees and beekeeping which makes it more likely that you will be successful in keeping healthy and productive hives.
While the material taught in the class is great, what really makes this so effective is the instructor, Alan Woods. It’s easy to see that he really cares about both the bees and his students, and he is not shy about sharing his experience. Note that he and his wife Bev also offer workshops which offers a hands-on opportunity to practice what you are learning under their guidance.
If I could give this class and the instructor six stars I would! This is a worthy investment of your time and money – take it.