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Bee Talks Recap | October 2023

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In this episode of Bee Talks:

00:00:00 Welcome and Event Calendar

00:04:19 It’s the end of foraging season…what evidence do you see now?

00:19:07 What should I be feeding my bees right now?

00:25:37 I’ve switched to 2:1 feeding and mixed a large amount. What should I do with the extra and how can I keep the sugar suspended?

00:31:05 How can I stop robbing once it’s occurring?

00:34:02 Examples of robber screens and how they work

00:36:14 What can I do if my hive is infested with beetles?

00:38:52 What is the best number of mediums to over-winter with?

00:41:26 What should I do if I still have supers on at this stage?

00:49:19 I have barely any new brood - is that okay?

00: 52:19 Can I cover the exposed boxes to help control robbing?

00:54:33 Can I add pollen patties to my feeding routine?

00:59:23 Why are brood cappings darker than honey cappings?

01:00:50 Are sugar boards appropriate for overwintering?

01:04:14 Can I feed bananas to my bees? (No. The answer is no)

01:10:42 How is a candy board different than regular sugar feeding?


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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.

About Bill Hesbach

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.