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My Bees Swarm – Spring 2016

The Bees Have Swarmed 2016 It was only a few days before the official start of spring; the grass and weeds had begun growing full speed. It was grass-cutting time. Besides, it was on my list of things to do. As I stepped off the back porch, I heard a big commotion happening in my adjacent … Continue reading

Caught my First Swarm 2012

The Swarm 2012

What’s That? A Brand New Groove!

This October I inspected my only remaining hive after a couple of months of having no direct contact with the bees due to sheer, unadulterated frustration with the small hive beetles (SHB) that had destroyed the hive that I attempted to establish with a package of bees. The fall season also is a good time … Continue reading

Small Hive Beetles Attack Campaign: The Beehive Terror Report!

For the last few weeks, I have been working to get the “Small Hive Beetles” under control in my two hives.  My first beehive went from “strong” to “weak” in less than a week.  I think my first mistake was that I stopped feeding them 1:1 sugar water syrup.  I figured that there were so … Continue reading

Dead Bees Don’t Stay For Long

Today, I witnessed worker bees cleaning up some dead honey bees  that apparently had gotten trapped under the “entrance feeder.”  I read that they removed them but did not realize how quickly they go to work getting them out of the hive. As you can see in the video clip above, the dead bees don’t … Continue reading

The Bees have a new home. A photo story.

The African American Beekeeper in an “Ultra Breeze Bee Suit.” This bee suit kept me safe and confident while working the bees. Absolutely, no stings!!!

Weather Not So Great Today! Bees Will Stay in Their Nuc Box.

The weather is so so today.  It’s cloudy with a little over cast.  We are expecting rain and even some storms to roll through later.  I see the bees buzzing around the apiary.  They have found their water source, a faux rock flowerpot that I am using to store it.  I have some twigs and … Continue reading

The Bees Are Coming! The Bees Are Coming!

The bees are finally here. This evening, I went to pick them up from “Buster Bees” located in Jonesboro Georgia.  This day seemed like it would never come.  I was anxious, excited, scared, and nervous about this day.  It’s almost like getting married.  Well, I guess it is very similar.  We will have each other until … Continue reading

Getting Started In Beekeeping? Do Your Research!

Don’t Make the Mistake I Made! I was so excited about becoming a beekeeper, I immediately went online and ordered an 8 frame beginners kit for beekeeping “English Garden” style from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. The kit included an entrance feeder, book, smoker, bee brush, 10” hive tool, plastic gloves, and hatless veil.  I purchased … Continue reading