Oxalic Acid Varroa Mite Treatment

I have gone back and forth on treating bees for mites. Part of me says not to treat, because bees don’t get treated in nature. The other part says to treat, since bees die off when in managed hives. I have officially placed myself on the treating side of the fence. Bees in nature are not managed. They don’t have humans going in and messing around with their honey, comb, etc. The very name “managed hives” means we should.. umm… manage them. Part of managing a hive is taking care of it, treating it for possible issues. This is how I am treating for the dreaded Varroa Mite. This is a video demonstration of how I read the Randy Oliver method to go.

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Fall Beekeeping: Fall Nectar Flow Hive Inspections

Today, we are taking a look at the hives while we are in the middle of our fall nectar flow. The goldenrod is out in force, and the bees are doing a fantastic job of turning that nectar into delicious honey. Also, you get a little peak at just how well the Swifter Hive Beetle Traps work.

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Two Minute Tip: How To Light a Bee Smoker

There are several commercial smoker fuels out there. Some folks have no problem spending cash on them, but I prefer to keep my cash for things that don’t burn right up. This is a cost effective and simple way to light a smoker.

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How To Install a Purple Martin Bird House

I had the opportunity, haha, to put up a purple martin house for my mother in law. It was a good trade… I got dinner, and a she gave me a pole to put up my own martin house. We recorded the process to post so folks could see a quick how-to video on putting one up. One thing I will say, be sure to dig that hole deep… it’s a big house going up, and it will catch some wind. ┬áCheck out the video below:

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Beekeeping Inspection for Winter: Will They Survive?

A recent video of a hive inspection. It is important to keep tabs on the resources each hive has you you head into winter. You want to be sure to leave enough honey in each hive so they don’t starve. Generally, bees make it through the beginnings of winter. It is usually the late winter/early spring when they will start to starve. This is because too often, beekeepers pull too much honey. Best to leave it for the bees… after all, it’s not like the honey will go bad, so you can pull it in the spring.

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What to Plant for Beekeeping in the Dearth.

We recently took a video tour of the property. Not focusing on the animals, the garden, or anything like that. This time, we were looking at something specific. What do plant to ensure the bees have food and resources year round. This is going to end up being a series, with an episode for each season. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get updates. I will store all of these in a playlist.

So, let’s take a look at what we have available for the summer. I did accidentally call goldenrod witch hazel though… I grew up calling it that, so you learn something new every day.

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Carport Bee Hive Removal: Batesville, Mississippi

We headed out to the other side of Batesville to do a cut-out from a carport. The homeowner said that she thought the bees have only been there a couple of months. We ended up finding a hive that had been there a LONG time.

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Talking Beekeeping with @628DirtRooster.

If you have perused the internet for any length of time looking for guys to learn beekeeping from, the name 628DirtRooster is likely familiar. I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings talking beekeeping. In case you have never heard of him, head over to YouTube and check out his channel. Randy (628DirtRooster) is about as nice of a guy as Continue reading

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How To Sharpen a Chainsaw: Husqvarna 450 Rancher

I needed to sharpen my chain on my Husqvarna 450 Rancher…. like really needed to sharpen it. It was feeling a bit dull a couple of weeks ago when I dropped an old walnut tree for my mother in law. Then, I went and did that tree beehive cut-out, and that did it. By the end of that one, it was obvious, she was dull. This video details how I went about sharpening it.

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Awesome Fallen Tree Beehive Removal! Thousands of Honey Bees!

We had a chance to cut a few bees out of a fallen tree. The homeowner wanted to cut the tree down a few weeks ago. As it happens, mother nature took care of felling the tree. Now, he just had the bees to deal with.

He called his pest control guy, with Pickens Pest Control (great company, by the way) and he was given my number to come take care of them.

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