Category Archives: Queen Bee Yard

Posts related to the Queen Rearing operation that has been funded by a grant

First Hive Inspection

In this video, Davie Simpson takes you through a hive inspection and things you may encounter. Also, he’ll be marking some queens for the year ending in 0 which is the color blue.

First Hive Inspection & Queen Marking

Here are some pictures from the first hive inspection of the new bee yard and also the marking of the queens.

First hive inspection
Find the queen! Isn’t she a beauty!
Marking the queen.
All marked and ready to go back into the hive.

We mark queens with colors based on the last digit of the year. Here’s the code:

  • Year ending in 0 or 5: Blue
  • Year ending in 1 or 6: White
  • Year ending in 2 or 7: Yellow
  • Year ending in 3 or 8: Red
  • Year ending in 4 or 9: Green

If you’d like to learn more about how to inspect a hive and mark the queen, check out our How To Video on inspection.

Oxalic Acid Treatment

In this video, Davie Simpson demonstrates using the ProVap 110 For Oxalic Acid Mite Treatment. Davie also demonstrates good safety practices using an oxalic acid vaporization method.

If you’d like to learn more about this product, google “provap 110” or go to this website:

Configuring Your Hive

In this video, Davie Simpson walks you through the parts of a standard hive with some dos and don’ts in beekeeping.

Releasing Queens

A few days after bees are installed, you’ll need to go back in to check to see if the queen has been released by the bees. In this how to video, Davie Simpson shows you how you can easily release a queen that is still in the queen cage a few days after installation.

Tending New Bees

It’s been a few days since the new bees have been installed and our beekeepers are out at the bee yard doing some basic beekeeping operations like making sure the new queens have been released from their cages, giving the bees more food, and swapping the entrance reducers to a bigger opening.

Refilling the hive top feeders
Refilling the hive top feeders
Feeding operation
Feeding this many hives is no small operation!
changing entrance reducer
Changing the entrance reducer to give the bees more space and air flow
Home, Sweet Home!

Installing 3 Pound Packages

3 pound packages of bees come with a laying queen in it’s own cage. In this video, Davie Simpson shows how to install the queen and the bees.

The Bees Have Arrived!

35 three-pound packages of bees plus a queen in each package have arrived and been installed in the beeyard. And the new bees have been given food so they can start drawing comb. Following are some pictures from the installation.

Picking up the 35 packages of bees
Packages ready to install in the hives at the beeyard
Installing bees
Feeding the bees so they can get a good start on drawing comb

Getting Ready for Hungry Bees – Part 4

Once the new bee packages are installed into the hives, the bees are going to need to get busy drawing out the foundation we’ve provided them in their new hives. That means a lot of nectar or sugar syrup. Which means, a lot of sugar!

Buying sugar to feed 35 hives!
Next stop, food for the new bees!

Setting Up the Bee Yard – Part 3

4 members of the Surry County Beekeepers met to set up the new bee yard with the hive stands (part 1) and the hives that had been painted (part 2). Following are some pictures from the setup.

The bee yard before the hives are put in place
Close up of hive setup
The bee yard after everything is in place.
3 of the 4 members of the set up team (missing Davie Simpson). Thanks guys!

To learn more about how and why the bee yard was set up this way, check out the video on Hive Setup 101.