Make Creamed Honey at Home

What is creamed honey? Often called spun honey, or whipped honey (there really shouldn’t be any air in your creamed honey,) all seem to be interchangeable terms to describe the same thing. It’s creamy texture makes it more versatile to use since it can be used like a spread. If you spread it on a […] Read More

Attend a local club to be a better beekeeper

As I endeavor to follow in my dads footsteps with Beekeeping, attending our local bee club has been not only a great bee resource, but the friendships forged have made it so much more. It’s been my primary resource for beekeeping knowledge. When I was a kid in the late 70’s, I helped my dad work the […] Read More

Beeswax Candle Making at Home

Tyson Hermes and Regina Faulkner led the discussion and demonstration at the October 2013 SIBA meeting. Two members having different processes of their own. You decide what works for you.The video was edited for brevity and to also put the topics into better order from start to finish since we jumped around during the meeting. […] Read More

Bees continue to break rules and re-write texts

The one constant in beekeeping is that it’s always changing, and rightly so, I guess. Bees are intelligent, adaptive, and always improving their efficiency. In our bee club, a few of us often comment, “The bees aren’t reading the same books I am.” Swarm season is in full effect around here up around here and I’m […] Read More

The value of pollen in the bee hive

Pollen, an often misunderstood resource in the hive. I’m just as guilty as the next person on possibly not fully appreciating the value of a healthy mixture of pollen in the hive. Last season, I was pulling out some of the pollen frames thinking that it was not going to be used, or that it was […] Read More

Dr. Keith Delaplane talks bees with ISBA

On Sat., Feb. 9, I took a ride with Jimmy O, Garry Reeves and Jim Farmer to Anderson, IN to catch the ISBA spring meeting. The line up was Greg Hunt from Purdue University and Keith Delaplane from the University of Georgia.  Over a two-hour drive to Anderson, IN to attend the ISBA spring meeting, it was […] Read More

Greg Hunt, Purdue U. and his ‘ankle-biting’ bees

This is the video from February’s SIBA meeting. Dr. Greg Hunt of Purdue University visited us to lead a discussion on the effects of pesticides on bees. He is also studying mite-biting bees. While mites feed on bees and their larva, RNA viruses such as the deformed wing virus (DWV) spread to bees. A significant […] Read More

Bees face most pesticides here in the Corn Belt

Written in collaboration with Tim Ives. Also referencing the research conducted by Randy Oliver. For some of us, the winter has been harder, colder and just not too kind… but some recent discussions with fellow beekeepers Jim Orem, Garry Reeves and Jim Farmer as we drove to the ISBA spring meeting reminded me that we’re […] Read More

Mountain Camp Method of Feeding Sugar

Myself and fellow beekeepers are big proponents of the candy board (those of us who use sugar) when winterizing a hive. A candy board is a wooden “rim” box about 1 or 2 inches deep designed to sit on top of a Langstroth hive body. View the video on how to make a candy board here. […] Read More

Dealing with Bee Hive Deaouts

I helped my dad with bees for a small period of time in the 80’s… when I was a teenager, and I even had a hive of my own. I don’t really count this as much experience but it was enough to make me want to pick it back up in 2009. Since then, I’ve never experienced […] Read More