Category Archives: Bees

Honey Bees: Beekeeping 2016 Season

Honey Bees on the Farm

The 2016 Beekeeping season is officially started on the Daddykirbs Farm! The Golden Son Beekeeper and I made a drive about 3.5 hours north of us to meet a beekeeper friend to get honey bees in nuc hives. He was very kind to prepare 4 nucs for us out of his own apiary.

Nucs, or nucleus colonies, are small honey bee colonies created from larger colonies. The term refers both to the smaller size box and the colony of honeybees within it. The name is derived from the fact that a nuc hive is centered on a queen, the nucleus of the honey bee colony.

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Mexican Honey Wasp: Good or Bad?

Mexican Honey Wasp: Small Honey Makers that are not Bees

Much like a honey bee the Mexican Honey Wasp does make their own version of the golden sweet nectar filled deliciousness called HONEY.

Recently I posted this image on my Instagram Feed.

Mexican Honey Wasps
On a call to collect a swarm of honey bees we discovered that they weren’t bees at all. They were Mexican Honey Wasps.

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Beekeeping: First Year Frustrations

This year is my first year to be a beekeeper. I took that class and got all geared up. Feeling unbeatable I
pushed through the Summer doing my little inspections. My thoughts mostly was that I just need to leave the bees alone. I didn’t want to disturb them too much. They have been doing this for a very long time, I don’t need to get in there and mess it up for them.

Well, something went wrong. I’m not sure what exactly went wrong, but it appears that I lost my Queen. The hive seemed so Continue reading Beekeeping: First Year Frustrations

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Beekeeping: Are Top Feeders Death Traps?

My bees love me. I give them a nice place to live. I provide water. I try not to bother them too much. They have this really cool feeder on top that sometimes has water and sometimes a special treat like honey water. They have to love me…. right?

Well, not if I’m killing them! I thought I was giving them a treat by putting the honey water in the top feeder. This honey water was left overs from our first honey extraction. We boiled the crushed comb to melt the wax. The water that was left over was just Continue reading Beekeeping: Are Top Feeders Death Traps?

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Beekeeping: Collecting Honey for the First Time

Wow, That’s a lot of honey! That’s what my son said as we looked in the hive. We went out just to inspect the hive. To be honest, we haven’t been inspecting on the regular schedule that we should have been. Just a few weeks ago we added the two shallow honey supers because the hive was just full of bees. I got nervous that they would swarm up because they were running out of room. Continue reading Beekeeping: Collecting Honey for the First Time

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