This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

California's Drought

This is an article about California's severe drought. This is the main reason why package bee prices will rise about $15.00 this year.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Package Bee Cages

     Our supplier of package bees has decided to discontinue  cage exchange.
This means that we will no longer charge cage deposits for the package bee cages.
We will honor package bee cage deposits for packages purchased in 2014 only.
All refunds will be for store credit.
All cages need to be returned to us by Dec 20, 2014. After that date we will not give out any refunds for cages.
We can accept cages during our open business hours only.
All cages need to be unbroken and clean, free of all debris and syrup.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pics from my trail camera

     I don't hunt anymore but I still love to see wildlife on my trail cameras.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Winter Patties

We are now carrying Winter Patties. A winter patty is the same size as a pollen patty.
Two Winter Patties

The patties contains mostly sugar and a small amount of High Fructose Corn Syrup and Bee Pro pollen substitute. The patties will not stimulate brood rearing.
They are for emergency feeding or to help prevent late season starvation.
 Patties are placed on the top bars of the top box after the bees are clustered in the lower box. Clustering in the lower box usually happens when the daily temperatures are in the 30's. At that point the bees won't eat the sugar patties too early.
Single patties can fit under the inner cover. If more patties are needed, a shim is required to raise the roof slightly to accommodate the increased height. The extra height would require a slight hole relocation on a winter cover if there is one already in the cover. Patties can be stacked on top of each other.
 I would check the hives around the first of February to see if the bees are eating them and add more if needed.
Winter patties cost $2.50 each, 10 lbs $20.00, 40 lbs $60.00

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ProSweet and change in hours

We do have ProSweet available for any late feeding.

Starting November 1st, our hours will be changing.
November hours:
Wednesday 5pm - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 3 pm
or by appointment

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wintering Bees

This is how I winter my bees. I learned this from attending the Univ of MN Beekeeping Short Course 25 years ago. It worked then and works to this day.
Now we have mites to contend with. There were no mites 25 years ago.
I usually put my covers on around Thanksgiving. If we are slated to get several inches of snow before then, I put the covers on before it snows.
 Once there is snow on the ground it can get quite cold and the bees need the covers on by then.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Support the Bee Squad

Come to Billy's on Grand Ave and drink some Honey Weiss Beer