70 yr old beekeeper turns blogger, shares secrets
My dad, a master beekeeper, is just beginning his blog on the Sugar network.
http://campbellshoney.onsugar.com is a repository of his knowledge and a daily (or bi weekly) peek at the life of Hugh Campbell, a seventy year old beekeeper that's getting his hives ready for the 2009 summer crop. He has about 300 hives, but his oldest son Peter has about 1200 hives and together their apiary is one of the largest in Southern Ontario, Canada.
So have a look, ask questions, but please be kind to him - this beekeeper just loves to share his knowledge and would appreciate any feedback. Leave comments on his blog, or better yet, private message him directly.
not really CCD I dont think...
I think his hives just froze - that happens here in Canada over the winter, but 30% is pretty high winter death rate.
Although he might attribute heavier than normal winter losses to CCD, there is no evidence that is what caused the losses.
Re: 70 yr old beekeeper turns blogger, shares secrets
Hello fellow Ontarian,
I hope your bees do better this winter. I don't have bee hives yet but was wondering
if adding a 2-inch hard styrofoam layer around the hives would help the bees go thru
winter easier. I bet the styrofoam boards could be eaily cut and tacked with nails only
going into the foam and not the wood of the hives. I'm not sure if I would put some
of the roofs though.The vent holes would have to be made of course. I imagine that
the beehives used today are no where as insulating as a tree that wild bees live in.
Just wondering what race or breed of honey bees are you using?
I plan on getting carniolans when I get into it.
Ok, hope you the best.