Barrels of stored honey - Olivarez Honey Bees

Achieve More For Less

Barrels of honey at Olivarez Honey Bees, Orland, California Beekeepers invest a considerable amount of money in their equipment. Hives, frames, foundation, bee suits, smokers, extractors, warming cabinets, mating nucs and so on, ad nauseam, all add up to a…
Demaree Method - diagram by Wally Shaw

Demaree

Demaree Method Many very experienced beekeepers in the UK advocate using the Demaree Method of swarm prevention for people with a small number of hives. George Demaree (1832–1915) from Kentucky first published his approach in an article in the American…
A swarm of honey bees

The Eternal Question

How to prevent swarming? I previously wrote about some potential factors involved in the swarming of honey bees and why swarm prevention and control are so important for the beekeeper. The idea that we can prevent swarms is probably misguided;…