Beekeeping

I became a honey bee beekeeper on April 22, 2017. That was the day that my beekeeping partner Dan, and I brought home a nucleus colony.

As of today (April 1, 2020), we are running ten full-sized hives and 2 nucs. Last year we harvested enough surplus honey that we could sell some. We branded our hive products with the name Bee Daddies Apiaries. We also made a box of comb honey, which was very popular with our customers.

The pages and posts below reflect some of what I have learned, some of my thoughts about honey bees and beekeeping. I hope that you find them useful. Please feel free to leave comments on pages that allow it, or contact me directly.

Posts About Beekeeping

The Foundations of Managed Bees

This Bee Babble was started on October 25 2020. It needs a little more work before I am happy with…

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Mighty Mites and Waxing Poetic

This Bee Babble was started on June 4, 2020, updated on June 21, and probably needs a little more work.…

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Splitting Errs (Rhymes with Hairs)

This is the Bee Babble for May 22, 2020. I am a little embarrassed that it has been almost two…

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Stay Home and Learn Something

This is the Bee Babble for April 1, 2020. A couple of online learning opportunities for beekeepers, free, are available.…

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Bee Responsible – End of Life Planning

I do not want to write this particular Bee Babble. You probably don’t want to read it. As human beings,…

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Swarm Season is On!

Page Contents What Flowers Are You Seeing?What Are You Seeing Outside Your Hives?What Am I Seeing Inside My Hives?Give Your…

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Clean-Up on Aisle “Bee”

So this is my fourth “Bee Babble for My Mentees” article. The first three will appear at a later date.…

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It Must “Bee” Christmas

Gifts for beekeepers!

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2:1 Syrup to Fondant

Today (November 13, 2019) is going to be the coldest day of the year here in the DMV since the…

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Wax Moth At Work

Honey Mistaken for Meth?

A man was jailed for importing honey from Jamaica because customs thought that it was liquid meth.

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Playing with a Beekeeping Timeline

I am playing with creating a timeline of events of interest to beekeepers. Doing some background research on pests like…

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Waiting for Santa Bee

This image of a beehive with Christmas stockings is going viral among beekeepers and their friends. I decided to try…

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Lessons Learned With an Ulster Observation Hive (Part 1)

I volunteered to bring an observation hive to a pollinator panel that was held this past weekend (Oct. 7, 2018)…

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Beekeeper’s Conflict of Interest

The other day I was about to start weeding the yard when I realized that they were flowering. So far…

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