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Supering Up

Tom Theobald standing on a stepladder next to one of his two-queen colonies in Boulder County, Colorado, September 2002.
Tom Theobald standing on a stepladder next to one of his two-queen colonies in Boulder County, Colorado, September 2002.

Tom Theobald and Laura Tyler chat about honey production. Tom describes two-queen beekeeping. Laura asks if two-queen beekeeping is practical with today’s bees.

“The beeyards look like city skyscrapers viewed from afar, like downtown Denver coming in form the north on I-25. Hardly noticeable in March as they sat nestled on the prairie, or tucked in beside a stream, each colony is now as high as my head, and the beeyards stand out clearly in the distance. The booming two-queen colonies require ample super room to prevent swarming and contain their large population, and a two-queen yard supered up for summer is a dramatic sight. When the flows begin even more supers will go on, until I can just reach the top with outstretched arms . . .”

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Producer: Laura Tyler

Author: Tom Theobald

Editor: Andy Schwarz

Music: "Americana" and "Sonorus" by Mr Smith are licensed under CC by 4.0

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3 Comments

  1. Another good episode. Always well presented and informative.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you for taking the time comment, Joe! We appreciate the kind words. 🐝

  2. My deepest condolences for the loss of Tom. His wisdom from decades of keeping bees will forever live on through the future keepers.


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