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Bee Talks Recap | February 2023

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In this episode of Bee Talks:

00:00:00 - Welcome & Bloom Calendar

00:02:00 - Upcoming Events - Check out our Guest Speaker lineup + Live Events!

00:05:23 - Bee Behavior and winterization: Energy levels and temperature

00:9:30 - Do my bees need food right now?

00:11:02 - Design for covers that help with feeding

00:15:36 - How do I make mite wash?

00:18:47 - Why aren’t my bees eating?

00:23:00 - Should I use heaters on my hives?

00:26:33 - Photo: Insulation chewed by bees

00:27:08 - Should I start from scratch when installing a new package - can I reuse combs?

00:30:36 - How can I control moisture in my hives over the winter / should I use a quilt box?

00:35:22 - Are bears an issue for my bees?

00:36:38 - What are flow hives and should I use them?

00:44:06 - Should insulation be removed during warmer weather?

00:46:18 - If I reuse frames of capped honey, do I need to feed 1:1?

00:48:46 - When should I move my nucleus colony?

00:50:31 - What are the ideal conditions to make walk away splits in early spring?

01:00:00 - Where can I watch Bee School videos?

01:00:00 - New to beekeeping - where can I get my bees?

01:02:50 - Can I reuse old frames and supers that have been frozen?

01:05:17 - When should I place swarm traps?

01:07:38 - Are polystyrene hives okay to use?

01:10:11 - Why did my honey disappear between July and August?

01:13:34 - Can I safely reuse old equipment?

01:15:40 - Why do I need to register my hives?

01:17:26 - All of my bees survived…now what?



Scientific Beekeeping

Sugar Cake Recipes

Order Nucs

Beekeeping Laws in CT

Register Your Hives

Recommended Reading

Refining The Mite Wash Part 4 Comparing The Release Agents


Watch Bee School Replay


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About Bee Talks:

Bee Talks are held the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each session includes an open question & answer period followed by a seasonally-appropriate topic discussion to help guide you through the beekeeping year. Open to every beekeeper regardless of experience or the type of equipment you use, these sessions will support your beekeeping practice and help you get the critical information you need to be successful.

Bee Talks are led by Bill Hesbach, Eastern Apicultural Society Certified Master Beekeeper and graduate of the University of Montana's Master Beekeeping Program. He teaches bee biology and beekeeping methods at events hosted by regional organizations, and appears as a guest speaker at national seminars. Bill is on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Apicultural Society, and is President of the Connecticut Beekeepers Association. His articles appear in Bee Culture, Bee Craft, and The American Bee Journal.