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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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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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 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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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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Butterflies! You've seen these beautiful creatures flying around and maybe even tried to catch one as a kid, but how much do you really know about them? Unlike honey bees, they're not great pollinators and they don't produce delicious food for us to eat. None the less, images of butterflies are everywhere - on cards, notebooks, mugs. They add beauty to the world and are a source of food for many animals.
In this episode, I talk with Jessica McAtee, a butterfly expert, so we can learn all about these fascinating creatures and how we can turn our yard into a butterfly garden.
For more info about butterflies, photos and links to butterfly resources go to https://www.beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/all-about-butterflies
You can learn more about Jessica's work with butterflies at HappyButterfly.net
And that wacky book I mentioned about bugs and how they reproduce is Birds & Bees: A Sexual Study by Stermer.
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.
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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 beekeepingmadesimple.com/blog/commercial
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