Bee Healthy, Bee Wealthy, Bee Wise with Your Bee Hives

August is the month to feed your bees. Keep them healthy in preparation for the coming colder temperatures by providing the calories they need to be robust. Capped sugar water can get provide winter stores if they have not produced enough honey. Have you ever tried a...

Hive Inspector Class 2018

TRAINING: Hive Inspector Class. It will be taught by Mike Studer, Tennessee State Apiarist. The dates WILL BE RESCHEDULED AFTER JANUARY 2019. If you are interested in this class I need your responses ASAP. The requirements are 5 years experience or equivalent. That...

Field Day 2018

FIELD DAY: SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018. Starting at 10:00am, Cheatham County Beekeepers is having a field day at the Kendall Garrett farm. We will start inspecting hives around 10, and have a picnic starting around 12:30. Please bring, yourselves, folding chairs, a...

Requeening A Bee Colony

Requeening a Colony Requeen a honey bee colony every year for better performance and production. The serviceable life of 99 percent of the queens is exhausted by the end of her second year in the colony. Requeening every other year is the least desirable practice....

December Beekeeping Activity

December Beekeeping Activity December actually usually has quite a lot of fair weather here in the South.  Watch the weather predictions and plan to do a varroa mite treatment on one of those fair weather days.  You can do this last treatment any time after brood is...

November Beekeeping Activity

November Beekeeping Activity Recommended activity includes: Rake all leaves and dead grass away from the colony to prevent fire. Cut tall grass. Fence apiary to protect the colonies from livestock. Feed one gallon of a two to one sugar syrup with 7/8 teaspoon...