July 31, 2020
As I record this episode today, we are under a hurricane watch and dealing with other Summertime issues like robbing, bearding, high temperatures and dearth.
I'll explain what all of these things are and what beekeepers and bee-lovers can do to help the bees when it's super hot out. Just for the fun of it, I'll also talk about honeydew honey (honey made from bug poop) and what to do if bees are visiting your pool.
As always, for photos, links to learn more and other fun stuff, check out our blog at thehappykeeper.com.
July 16, 2020
Before starting my own bee farm I worked for two other apiaries. One was a small farm and the other had 3,000 hives. I cared for bees, gave tours, bread queens, and was told I couldn't be a beekeeper because I was female. In this episode I tell the stories from my 7 years with these companies and witnessing Hawaii go through a terrible collapse of the bee population when the varroa mite arrived.
See my photos & videos of the farms & moving the bees at thehappykeeper.com/blogs/beekeeping101/working-for-commercial-apiaries
July 1, 2020
For most people, the last thing they want is for a swarm of 10,000 bees flying by their house. But if you're a beekeeper, it's the best day ever because it means free bees! This episode is about swarms, why bees swarm, and how to lure a swarm of bees to your swarm trap.
June 23, 2020
"Beekeeping! Let's give it a try." That's what a lot of people said when COVID-19 forced a lot of people into quarantine.
I'm not dissing beginner beekeepers, but its causing problems for current beekeepers.
In this episode I talk about:
- How to prevent swarming
- Small tasks to do now so you don't have a ton of bee things to do late summer
- How to prevent a mini heart attack when you realize it will take 6+ weeks for supplies to arrive
- What to do if you can't care for your bees as often as you used to
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June 8, 2020
Ever wondered what it would be like to keep bees on the rooftops of buildings in New York City? In this episode I talk with author, and urban beekeeper, Andrew Cote, about his childhood growing up as a 4th generation beekeeper, his non-profit Bees Without Borders, why he tells people his profession is truck driver and all the work that goes into keeping bees in a big city (don't forget you have to pay the meter!).
Check out Andrew's new book, Honey and Venom, Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper. It's not just for beekeepers, but anyone interested in a unique and funny story about a man with one of the most interesting jobs in NYC.
May 26, 2020
There's a surge in people wanting to get started keeping bees right now. Although people get into beekeeping for the right reasons, often hobby beekeepers, especially their first and second year, hurt the bee population more than help it. This is because people don't realize how much work it is to keep bees. Because of pests and harsh winters, it is common for a hive to perish over the winter if you're not fully prepared and learn how to keep bees from an experienced beekeeper.
Learn the steps to keeping happy, healthy bees that survive.
May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. This episode is about who makes the decisions in the honeybee hive. There is a queen, after all, but by now you probably know that she isn't in charge. So, who decides when it's time to swarm? How do the bees know what their job is in the hive because there are a lot? And when do they decide to replace the queen? Who, then, is supposed to kill the queen?!
Honeybees do a great job of making decisions that benefit the entire hive and we could probably learn a thing or two from them and their decision making process.
PLUS! A special podcast coupon for those looking to take an online beekeeping class,
And a little bit about the cicada killer and why people are freaking out about them too!
Finally, a great book about bees that I'm currently ready and a video the author made you can view on YouTube of bees doing waggle dances on a swarm and how to tell what they're saying.
May 5, 2020
Some myth busting about the Asian Giant Hornet & why it could potentially cause a lot of harm to the honey bee population.
Then, I talk about all the dumb things I've done over the years as a beekeeper - why wearing fuzzy pants is a bad idea, how being a cheap beekeeper has led to a lot of these problems & why I've had to pull over on the side of a highway to let bees out of my car.
If you're just getting started keeping bees or are thinking about it, I hope these stories encourage you to not take it too seriously and have fun. Everyone makes mistakes and I've probably made more than the average person.
March 26, 2020
People are running to the store to stock up on food and other necessities, but what are they doing to become more self-sufficient?
With just the five products you can harvest from a beehive, you can produce a sweetener, cough medicine, lotion, an immune boosting elixir, and protein-rich food.
You can also create your own wood stain and furniture protector and make fabric water resistant.
In this episode, I talk about the many things you can do with the products harvested from the beehive and why beekeeping is one of the best hobbies for those who want to be more self-sufficient.
March 14, 2020
Royal Jelly! What an amazing substance - or so they say. It can help with fertility, it can lower cholesterol, it adds collagen to your face and is a supplement that boosts your immune and gives you energy!!
BUT, it's also harvested by killing baby queen bees. Is this substance ethical? You decide for yourself. In this episode I talk about what royal jelly is, how it's harvested, its uses, how expensive it is and what's in it.
I'll also give my take on whether I think it is ethical or not.
Lastly, I'll talk about whether it's what's IN royal jelly that makes a queen live so long and be fertile OR if it's what's NOT in royal jelly that allows the queen to be fertile. Some scientists have recently changed their theory as the role royal jelly plays in making a queen, a queen.