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…

Cleaning a Mountain of Frames – Procrastination tips

Hundreds of old frames “Procrastination is like masturbation; it’s good in the beginning but in the end you realize you have only screwed yourself” – Anonymous My mother says that when I was a kid I would roll around on the floor and stand on my head to keep from doing homework.  I suppose some…

Keeping A Beekeeping Journal

Keeping a Beekeeping Journal is a great way to monitor your progress but it is also a great way to record your beekeeping journey. NC State Beekeepers Association suggest that you log the following items. 1. How much you feed your hives.2. Hive brood pattern and how the queen is laying.3. Treatment plan and alternatives.4….

The Breath of Death – oh how my bees hate CO2

Found on iwastesomuchtime.com My mother had a stroke about ten years ago.  She has recovered but the stoke left the left-side of her body paralyzed.  After a few months of therapy, she was able to walk short distances and is able to live alone – though my brother lives across the street from her and…

Bees Can’t Swim – Feeding My Bees.

“Great is our terror of the unknown” – Titus Livius. The day after I found wax moths in one of my hives I placed cedar chips across the hive entrance of all of my hives.  I also sprinkled a little on the top bar of the infected hive.  It seemed like a good idea at…

Wax Moths and Heart Break

I have often wondered why it is so important to inspect hives on a weekly basis.  Once the hives have been treated for mites, treated for hive beetles, and supers have been added, what’s left?  The answer, “WAX MOTHS!” Wax Moth Damage I like the quote by Gillard who said, “Wax moths keep us from…

The Beast – A story of a angry hive

Okay, I want to fill you in so far on my dealings with The Beast.  The Beast is what I call my most aggressive hive.  In truth, I would not be surprised to find out that the hive contains Africanized Bees but it most likely contains an aggressive Caucasian verity found in Southern Mississippi. At…

Repairing Rotted Supers

On first inspection of my ruined apiary, I counted about 100 supers.  However,  I soon found out that the decade of neglect, water damage, and mice had destroyed nearly all them to one degree or another.  My friend Marvin reassured me that things were not nearly as grim as they seemed and encouraged me to…

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…