Package Bees

Package Bees

After searching Youtube, I’ve found a video that shows how I handle and install package bees. As a commercial beekeeper, I’ve installed thousands of packages this way with some minor changes: using a spray bottle of light sugar water is easier than a spray tank manually release the queen after a week if the bees show no aggression towards her A couple of shots of […]

Learning Beekeeping

Learning Beekeeping

There’s nothing like hands on experience to learn beekeeping. But the use of audio and visual media are a good alternative when the bees aren’t near.  And there’s none better than McCartney Taylor’s website and YouTube channel.   He has kept the camera rolling with lots of helpful info on natural comb handling, top bar hives, swarm trapping, cutouts, etc. It’s a must visit for […]

Center for Honeybee Research

Center for Honeybee Research

My friend Carl Chesick dropped a note saying: Still organizing conferences and bee schools… We have started an Annual Honey Contest  open to all real beekeepers and which will award $500, $250, and $125 prizes in 2012. The idea is to keep it going and make it bigger and better each year. Carl and the Center for Honeybee Research are located in Ashville, NC. Unlike […]

Package Bees Ordered

Package Bees Ordered

Wyoming’s spring weather has been unusually warm and mild. And while out and about digging the garden, I noticed a few bumblebees and wasps trying to find a new home. Interesting! And the weather has been mild enough to allow some limited foraging on the cherry blooms. Noticed some wild bees and a honeybee.Now that’s not a full recovery from the devastation the bee populations […]

It’s Spring

It’s Spring

It’s April 1st and like most April 1st’s, my spirit soars as the winter doldrums pass and are replaced with the promise of new abundance. That winter malaise, so often the result of a lack of vitamin D and a boring winter diet will soon give way to nature’s best. And it should be a good year indeed: Ah, there’s nothing like all natural spaghetti! […]

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