Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Starting Backyard Beekeeping

I have found very nice articles for starting backyard beekeeping:

Please read these articles and watch some YouTube videos about backyard beekeeping.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Why honey at supermarkets don't taste good?

One of local beekeeper has nicely explained:
"This is why our honey tastes so good to people used to buying grocery store junk!"
Nation's Biggest Honey Packer Admits 'Laundering' Chinese Honey:
"Two big honey packers admitted buying millions of dollars worth of honey that was falsely labeled. The goal of this mislabeling was to acquire cheap honey from China."
Read further: Dan Charles' report.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Another category of beekeeping practice: "Do nothing"

Looks like there is another category of beekeeping practice: Do nothing.

I am fourth year beekeeper, and I do "do nothing":

No hard/soft chemicals, no drugs, no organic acids, no herbs, no sugar powder, no feeding, no plastic/beewax foundation, no cut drones brood out...

Basically, I don't care about the mites, as long as I provide my bees a cozy home that they would find in the wild, I am done. The only thing that goes into my hives is wood.

It works for me, I only lost couple of hives out of 18 hives last winter, I harvested more than 500 lb of honey last year, more than I can eat/distribute/donate...

My bees are happy with me doing nothing...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Starting Beekeeping with Top Bar Hives

Decide whether "To treat or not to treat." This is the single most important question to answer for a beekeeper, and it may take a long time to reach a conclusion, but learn both schools of thought, read books, watch YouTube videos, talk to experienced beekeepers.

Next, decide what equipment to use:

  • If you decide you are going to treat, then I suggest modern Langstroth hives. You can still treat with TBHs, but it is easier and more convenient with Langstroth hives.
  • If you decide not to treat, then you are fine with both Langstroth hives and TBHs.
  • If you are good at woodworking, then I strongly suggest to go with TBHs. In the long run, your equipment expenses will be minimal. Beside, being able to build all the necessary equipments on your own feels so ensuring.
  • For the Langstroth hives, use only medium boxes and medium frames. Mixing up with deeps and shallows will bring nothing but trouble at the end.

Here are few pointers to help you understand further details:

At this point, if you decide "Not to treat" and use TBH, then learn more about Les Crowder, who is a strong proponent of no-treatment beekeeping and TBHs.

I have built my own THBs according to Les' plan. If you are interested in pre-built assembled (Les Crowder's) THBs, check with me, I try to have few extra THBs ready and available all the time.

If you want to buy TBHs on internet, here are few options:

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dog Detecting American Foulbrood

American foulbrood is a bacterial disease, highly contagious and very destructive to honey bee colonies.

Here is Klinker, a dog detecting American foulbrood just by sniffing the hive outside. She is the only certified dog in the United States that can detect this disease.

Read further: This special dog is saving our bees. She's the only one that can.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Propolis, Hive Medicine

Everything coming out of a beehive has medicinal properties. One such substance is propolis, sticky and smelly but very effective. Here is a great article about propolis:

Few highlights about propolis:
  • Anti-Microbial Action
  • Heals Burns
  • Prevents Dental Cavities
  • Treats Parasites

Bees in Danger

Pollinators, especially honey bees, are in danger. The issue is very serious such that The White House has announced a new plan to tackle the problem.

Read the story in detail: