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Are Africanized As Bad As They Sound?

Are Africanized As Bad As They Sound?

January 19, 2021

What's it like to keep Africanized bees?

Is it still fun working with bees when they're so aggressive?

Can you cross-breed Africanized bees with European bees to get a more docile bee?

 

In this episode I talk about Africanized bees and how they're different from European honey bees as well as my conversation with Laryssa, a beekeeper in Texas who keeps Africanized bees, teaches beekeeping and does numerous cutouts removing wild hives from people's homes where he doesn't know what the temper of the hive will be until he gets there.

Talk begins at 14:47.

 

How to Spot the queen Bee

How to Spot the queen Bee

December 14, 2020

Ever have that hive with a queen that you can never find? In this episode, I talk share the queenspotting tips my former employer and 4th generation beekeeper shared with me. 

I used to give 2 beekeeping tours a day, 5 days a week for 3 years and these tips worked for me every time except twice! 

Queenspotting quiz ~ beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/queenspotting-tips

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Michael Bush & the Role of the Beekeeper

Michael Bush & the Role of the Beekeeper

November 18, 2020

What are the bees trying to do and how can I help them accomplish what they're trying to do?

That's Michael's take on the role of the beekeeper. 

In this episode I talk with Michael Bush, author of The Practical Beekeeper (as well as other books), and discuss his lazy beekeeping techniques, developing an intuition with your bees, treatment free beekeeping, how he got started, bee fever and more!

Michael's website > http://bushfarms.com/bees.htm

All of his books can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Links are on his website.

Photo of Michael's beekeeping calendar > beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/michaelbush

The Life & Legacy of Eva Crane

The Life & Legacy of Eva Crane

October 25, 2020

I wanted to take a break from the science of bees and beekeeping and share with you the story of one of the most well known and influential writers about beekeeping, Eva Crane.

The Eva Crane story starts at 21:45.

Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping on breeding Varroa Resistant Bees, Mite Tests & More!

Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping on breeding Varroa Resistant Bees, Mite Tests & More!

October 9, 2020

Randy Oliver from scientificbeekeeping.com talks with me about his work breeding varroa resistant bees that are calm & gentle at his farm in CA.

We also talk about the role of the beekeeper when it comes to dealing with varroa mites, why powdered sugar won't get you as accurate of a mite test result as alcohol or dish soap and much more.

If you haven't yet, check out scientificbeekeeping.com for information about mite testing and mite treatment options.

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The Flow Hive. What it’s all about and my experience using one.

The Flow Hive. What it’s all about and my experience using one.

September 28, 2020

This is my second year using a flow hive. My first year I didn't like it, but then I figured out some tricks to harvesting that made me appreciate its convenience. Why is it so popular? Who is it definitely NOT for? What tips do I have for those with a flow hive? These are all the things I address in this episode.

 

Watch my YouTube video of how I harvest from a Flow Hive using a 5 gallon bucket at beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/flowhivetips.

 

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How to Make a Bee Hotel & Attracting Tunnel-nesting Bees

How to Make a Bee Hotel & Attracting Tunnel-nesting Bees

September 12, 2020

There are over 19,000 different kinds of bees and 30% of them live in a tunnel or cavity. You can help these tunnel-nesting pollinators out by providing a place for them to call home. I'm not sure where the name came from, but kids these days are calling it a bee hotel. 

Making a bee hotel is a fancy way of saying you're collecting hollow tubes, putting them somewhere and leaving them alone all Spring and Summer. A bee hotel won't get you honey or beeswax, but some of the common tunnel-nesting bees like leaf cutters and mason bees are great pollinators of a lot of plants including veggies, fruits and herbs. 

In this episode I explain how to make a bee hotel, how to care for it and clean it out, and what to plant to attract some common tunnel-nesting bees.

For those of you who love bees and want to have more in your neighborhood, but aren't able to keep honeybees, this is a great alternative. It's also a wonderful project to do with kids and help them learn more about bees.

Check out our blog post about it at: beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/making-a-bee-hotel-for-solitary-bees

Here you'll see a bunch of sample bee hotels, my personal bee hotel and links to learn more about bee hotels and tunnel-nesting bees.

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What to do with old, dark comb

What to do with old, dark comb

August 31, 2020

You should take the old, dark comb out of my beehive, but then what? 

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How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter

How to Store Honeycomb Over the Winter

August 27, 2020

What do people do with their frames of honeycomb after they extract the honey out? 

That's a big question that few people have a good answer for. You have insects and small animals that will want to eat it and make a home out of it if you don't keep it safe. Luckily, I have a few options for you. I explain what I do, what large apiaries do, and the extra options you guys in cold weather states can do.

Check out our YouTube video that goes along with this episode - https://youtu.be/OQq0Z9OT-jg OR go to YouTube and search for Beekeeping Made Simple.

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A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super

A Few Ways to Get Bees Out of a Honey Super

August 25, 2020

It's honey harvesting time. Yay! But you have a box with thousands of bees in it. How do take the honey and leave the bees behind?

I explain three options for you:

• the recommended option for hobbyists

• what many commercial apiaries do when working with thousands of hives

• some gadgets that claim to do the work for you

Check out the YouTube video that goes along with this podcast. Go to YouTube and search for "Beekeeping Made Simple" or go to youtube.com/channel/UCoYVlnLz2TjO1bz93Gn9uig

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