Bee Informed National Management Survey 2011-2012

Management Survey 2011 – 2012

How average losses were calculated and presented  |  Watch a vlog here

Summary of respondent losses  |  Watch a vlog here

Varroa control  |  Watch a vlog here

Tracheal mite control  |  Watch a vlog here

Bacterial brood disease control  | Watch a vlog here

Nosema control  |  Watch a vlog here

Carbohydrate Feed  |  Watch a vlog here

Protein Feed  |  Watch a vlog here

Feed Supplements  |  Watch a vlog here

Comb Management   |  Vlog coming soon!

Small Hive Beetle Control   |  Watch a vlog here

Winter Preparation  |  Watch a vlog here

Treatment of Dead Outs and Colony Replacement  |  Vlog coming soon!

Colony Placement and Honey Production  |  Watch a vlog here

One thought on “Bee Informed National Management Survey 2011-2012

  1. Dear Bee Informed,
    Wow, I really enjoyed your vlog series.
    I started keeping bees in our back yard(3-4 stationary hives) in 1983. I saw my first varroa mite in 1990, on a worker bee’s thorax. I paniced, ran in the house, ordered the amitraz strips all the experts were recommending, over night air freight, put them in the next day, and finally relaxed. I went in the house to read the package insert. The more I read, the more concerned I became. I went out and pulled the strips out of every hive. They had been in less than an hour. There must be a better way.
    I started subscribing to English bee journals thinking that the beekeepers of Europe had more experience with this new pest. There I learned about drone trapping and I implimented that in our hives the next year. I have done so every year since. And yes, for about 12 or 13 years, I saw a lot of hives die.
    Forgive my rambling. My point is that, for the last 23 years, I have been trapping drones, on all our hives. My experience is that, you have to pay very close attention for this method to be helpful. Honestly, In fact, It wasn’t until I adopted a very firm commitment to careful and consistent record keeping that I saw real results.
    If I may make one other point. I am also certain that drone trapping is only effective embedded in on overall IPM strategy that must include:
    1) A young hygenic queen, relatively local if possible,
    2) Careful and consistent mite monitoring, ( I do daily natural mite counts, all colonies)
    3) serious attention to bee nutrition, ( I leave more honey, careful assessment of pollen stores, always willing to feed or supplement patties, watch the weather, anticipate)
    4) Aggressive sugar dusting, (Starting on the first spring inspection, I dust every 2 days x 3, wait a week, then repeat until honey supers, then again as soon as they come off until I close up for winter, I slack off if the mite count is less than 10)
    5) Careful attention to comb rotation and comb quality, (not more than 5 years for perfect or nearly perfect combs, imperfect comb are culled asap)
    And to make the list complete,
    6) Aggressive drone trapping, ( I work the brood area every week and keep 2 med drone brood frames in each hive, aged a week apart, and harvest them at 14 days old. This year I averaged 6 med frames atleast 95% full of capped drone brood. That is the best score of my career.
    Obviously, I spare no effort. I am rewarded with healthy and vigorous beautiful bees. There were some dark days. But I do believe I see the light ahead. There has been a qualitative change and I am optimistic.
    Thank you for your precious time. cordy

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