Posts By: danaurell

Flame in the Bee Yard: Relighting a Smoker the Easy Way

https://beeinformed.org/2019/05/16/flame-in-the-bee-yard-relighting-a-smoker-the-easy-way/

The Scenario We’ve all experienced a smoker going out just when we need it. Sometimes we may simply forget to pump the bellows for too long while we are getting some other things ready; sometimes we may make the mistake of stuffing the fire chamber too tightly with fuel before the fire has a good…

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Fried Drone Brood – A healthy and savory snack?

https://beeinformed.org/2019/02/22/fried-drone-brood-a-healthy-and-savory-snack/

I live close to the town of Snook, TX – where the local roadhouse is renowned for its chicken fried bacon. This dish inspired a thought; why not fry something shocking myself? I was using drone brood removal as a method of mite control in a couple colonies, and they were producing a lot of…

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Data-Driven Applications for Beekeepers

https://beeinformed.org/2018/11/12/data-driven-applications-for-beekeepers/

With the withdrawal of Fumagillin from the market, there has been renewed interest among queen producers and honey producers alike in finding ways to control Nosema infection in their bees. The Texas BIP team recently helped a beekeeper look at whether essential oil patties or a sprayed-on probiotic would help reduce the Nosema load of spring splits. 30 colonies…

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Everything is Bigger in Texas

https://beeinformed.org/2017/10/16/everything-is-bigger-in-texas/

                I have been working in Texas for the Bee Informed Partnership since May, 2017. Many US commercial honey bee colonies are part of migratory beekeeping operations, so I have been on the road a great deal of the last 5 months helping beekeepers monitor the health of…

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