No Eggs and the Night Dreads

My daughter’s boyfriend, Noah is interested in beekeeping and so he spent the weekend helping me – which was nice since I enjoy his company. I did my best to work on interesting projects and to allow him to observe the bees without getting stung. Nothing squelches a new beekeeper’s enthusiasm quicker than getting stung repeatedly….

60 Stings – like being molested by a briar bush.

My wife, Jen I drove to Philadelphia, MS Friday and picked up my three new queens. More importantly, I got to visit with Johnny Thomson of Broke-T Apiaries – what a nice guy. He answered all of my questions, which was a huge help because I couldn’t seem to find the answers anywhere. Here were…

How Many Stings Does It Take?

Last night I divided 1 ½ gallons of 1:1 sugar syrup mixed with 3/8 cup (90ml) of Don’s Brood Builder between the (4) hives at Dr.D’s place. I went out after work with just a veil so I got stung… again. However, unlike last Friday when I got stung(4) times or Sunday when I got stung (9) times (on…

Honey Bound – Lots of bees but no brood

I’ve begun taking before and after picturesso when I am at home trying to figure outwhat the hell went wrong, I have a better record. Honey Bound: The term refers to a hive that is so full of honey and pollen stores that the queen doesn’t have any place to lay eggs. So yesterday I…

First Inspection 2017 – Trying not to screw the pooch!

Hives (A) & (B) On Friday, March 24th I took my nephew Zack with me for the first hive work of the year. I went to my (4) hives at the doctor’s place and I couldn’t have been more pleased. The hives are strong and healthy. Since I didn’t gather much honey last year, the…

Mini Mating Nuc – Blueprint

Mini Mating Nucs may be the most wonderful part of modern beekeeping. I say this, because so much of modern beekeeping has become completely standardized – yet there doesn’t seem to be any standardization of the mini mating nucs. This gives the beekeeper a chance to experiment and discover without reinventing any wheels. As I…

Edge of winter 2017 – Time to try again

So this is my woodshop. Ain’t it cool?! Sorry for the huge laps in blogs, I will try to do better and at least blog once a month, if not more often, from here on out. When last I blogged, things were going bad but then they got worse. My father-in-law, Dale (who was my…

Failure to Thrive

Failure to Thrive is a medical term to describe children who are not gaining weight as expected and have poor height growth.  However, today is seems like a good description of my beehives. Today I visited my hives at Dr. D’s place – I have been avoiding my 3 hives at the old farm since…

No Bees – No Pumpkins

When people find out that I keep bees, their first question is always, “Well how did you get into that?”  Pumpkin Flower The answer to that is unique and goes back to the movie, A Walk In The Clouds.  If you’ve seen it, then you are probably thinking that there weren’t any bees in…

A Nope Snake

Nope! Nope! Nope! A few weeks ago I went to the farm where we first started our apiary and collected all of my old hives. The mason blocks I originally used had, for the most part, turned to rubble.  This left many of the hives laying in the mud, accelerating their deterioration.   However some…

The New "Bee"ginning

As previously stated I bought 50 bee hives in 2006.  At the time the plan was for me and my brother to go into the business together and build up to 1000 hives.  Since I worked offshore and was between wives at the time, I had a bit of disposable income.  So I put up…

Born To Keep Bees – My First Paid Publication

In 2006 I began keeping bees.  In 2009 I sent the following story to Farm and Ranch Living – It was published later that year. David pretending to be stung – then he was actually stung. Born to Keep Bees, by Wm. Bryan Layton Apiology is a way to commune with nature while learning about the…