Bee Hive Decisions, Beekeeping Experiences

Upper Entrances

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES Wow, you are talking my language when you mention UPPER ENTRANCE. I think every colony in the world should have an upper entrance 365 days of the year. I am in my 65th year of beekeeping, spending much of the last 20 years teaching beekeeping all over the world FREE OF

Bee Hive Decisions, Beekeeping Experiences

The Best Bee

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES Italian? Carniolan? Buckfast? Caucasian? Midnite? Starline? Uncle Joe’s? What do you want or expect from your bees? Just as German people are known for their blue eyes and blonde hair, the Negro is known for their big round eyes and curly black hair, and the Oriental is distinguished by “slanted” eyes

Bee Hive Decisions, Beekeeping Experiences

Testing For Varroa Mites

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES Your doctor always takes your temperature with a thermometer to “test” for a fever. If telephone book numbers get harder to see, you go to the ophthalmologist who puts drops in your eyes, darkens the room, and then “tests” your eyes with an ophthalmoscope. Your dog runs across your driveway and

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Ready or Not–Swarm Season

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES READY OR NOT — IT IS swarm season Did you know that prior to a hundred years ago, beekeepers wanted their bees to swarm? Were they “nuts”, or just wanted to create neighborhood FUN? Neither. Up until Rev. Langstroth invented the movable frame hives were kept in straw skeps or old

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Queen Introduction Problems

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES It is quite apparent from the questions seen on E-mail and the questions asked at bee association meetings that many Beekeepers need an understanding of favorable or unfavorable conditions when trying to requeen a colony. Two PRIME problems quickly come to mind: All of my followers know that I much prefer

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Lousy Queens

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES In spite of my continuing disapproval of the use of UNKNOWN queens in contrast to purchasing a good queen from a reliable professional queen breeder and marking her(so you can identify her), there are still some beeHAVERS living in the “days of Daddy” who don’t requeen,and probably do not know how.

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Keeping Your Bees Alive

George Imirie’s PINK PAGES SPECIAL for TN Beekeepers President Robert Elwood asked me to talk about this subject at the October 2001 Meeting in Nashville; but I might not be alive then, so I said that I would write about it right now, so you have all summer to “solve the problem of bees dying

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