New Beekeeper in Town
Submitted by: New York Beekeeper
New York

The two versions of Grandfather and Grandson in New York, Spring 2009.

 
New Beekeeper in Town
Submitted by: New York Beekeeper
New York

The two versions of Grandfather and Grandson in New York, Spring 2009.

 
packaged hives
Submitted by: Co Beekeeper
Colorado

Package hived for 20 days in Denver, CO, Spring 2009

 
packaged hives
Submitted by: Co Beekeeper
Colorado

Package hived for 20 days in Denver, CO, Spring 2009

 
Healthy and Incredibly Productive
Submitted by: New Mexico Beekeeper
New Mexico

My bees are healthy and incredibly productive and they are all from you. -Santa Fe, NM Winter 2009

 
Thirsty
Submitted by: Dallas Beekeeper
Texas

Winter 2010 Dallas, TX

 
Top Bars
Submitted by: Austin Beekeeper
Texas

Hiving BeeWeaver Packages into Top Bar Hives

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Swarm Timea
Submitted by: Belton Beekeeper
Texas

Bees... thinking about swarming, getting ready to swarm, the swarm, and what was left (notice swarm cells). Belton, TX Spring 2010

 
Package and TBH
Submitted by: Alpine Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Alpine, TX Package after shipment, very normal "drop". Being put in a package and being in the package is very stressful for the bees. Top Bar...

 
Package and TBH
Submitted by: Alpine Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Alpine, TX Package after shipment, very normal "drop". Being put in a package and being in the package is very stressful for the bees. Top Bar...

 
Package and TBH
Submitted by: Alpine Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Alpine, TX Package after shipment, very normal "drop". Being put in a package and being in the package is very stressful for the bees. Top Bar...

 
feeding bees
Submitted by: anonymous
Other

The sugar syrup sent with the bees can be used... but not the feed can. The can does not leak syrup when it is stationary. Sadly the bees will starve if the can is used.

 
Damaged Package
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

This is a damaged package... hive the bees as usual and contact us immediately.

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Papa Beekeeper, Boy Beekeeper
Submitted by: Mo Beekeeper
Missouri

Here are some pics of my soon to be 4-year-old son and I installing our package of BeeWeaver bees a couple of weeks ago. That was so much fun. Thanks again. The...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
Bees from Beeweavers
Submitted by: Arlington Beekeeper
Texas

We picked up the bees with no incident. Except for stopping three times to let the curiosity seekers out to get back home, the trip was a non-event. Arriving back...

 
My Girls
Submitted by: Bartonville Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Bartonville, TX I know your busy, but if you get a moment check out the fruits of your labor in the pictures

 
My Girls
Submitted by: Bartonville Beekeeper
Texas

Spring 2010 Bartonville, TX I know your busy, but if you get a moment check out the fruits of your labor in the pictures

 
Package Progress
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Frame from package hived for nearly 2 weeks. They are drawing out comb, storing syrup, nectar and pollen, Queen is on top of the frame.... but always check for eggs at the 2 week check...

 
Bees on their porch
Submitted by: Refugio Beekeeper
Texas

Bees are thinking about leaving! Add several supers... 5-6 are not too many if the flow is on. Spring 2010 Refugio, TX

 
Solar Bees
Submitted by: Littleton Beekeeper
Colorado

That is a solar powered fan on top. I have no idea if it helped or not. They put 210# of honey in seven medium supers. These were 10 frame boxes but I only put 8 drawn...

 
Urban Hives
Submitted by: TX Beekeeper
Texas

3 Hives, urban style, Fall 2009, YUMMY!

 
Haley's Bees
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

While neighbors were running for cover because of this large tornado of bees crossing the yard, Haley was standing in a crash course location so that the swarm passed directly...

 
Haley's Bees
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

While neighbors were running for cover because of this large tornado of bees crossing the yard, Haley was standing in a crash course location so that the swarm passed directly...

 
Haley's Bees
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

While neighbors were running for cover because of this large tornado of bees crossing the yard, Haley was standing in a crash course location so that the swarm passed directly...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

Here are photos of my rather strange apiary. I am sure it will only get stranger as time goes on. I've seen some hives that have carved faces and such attached. Who knows what...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

Here are photos of my rather strange apiary. I am sure it will only get stranger as time goes on. I've seen some hives that have carved faces and such attached. Who knows what...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

Haley's hive. Haley is 8 years old and crazy about bees. She was present when I gathered a swarm so I gave her a hive body to paint as she liked and she is now the owner and...

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

* My first hive. Ran out of wooden supers so had to put a styrofoam on * Really wierd apiary. Speaks for itself.

 
Weird Apiary
Submitted by: Weird Apiary
Indiana

* My first hive. Ran out of wooden supers so had to put a styrofoam on * Really wierd apiary. Speaks for itself.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
HilltopBees
Submitted by: Andrew Burnard
Texas

Kenya Toy bar hive doing very well.

 
Snow Bees
Submitted by: Susan Dunsmore (BeeWeaver Manager)
Alaska

Package bees arrive in Alaska in April, about 2 months before the snow melts and 3 months before there is any nectar flow. When they arrive I...

 
Bee Training
Submitted by: New Ulm Beekeeper
Texas

I kept my orange trees in the arboretum behind the house and they are all blooming. I leave the door open and put a container with some honey inside the arboretum and it took...

 
Little Beekeeper
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Little Stone... he was 3 years old when my friend (and BeeWeaver manager), Susan, dressed him up in bee-ware. This lil' drone is growing up fast. He is nearly 6 now and loves...

 
Laying Workers or a Drone Layer
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Hives can go queenless for many reason, but one of the most common outcomes of a longtime queenless hive is laying workers. Laying workers = drone brood, and no worker...

 
Laying Workers or a Drone Layer
Submitted by: BeeWeaver
Texas

Hives can go queenless for many reason, but one of the most common outcomes of a longtime queenless hive is laying workers. Laying workers = drone brood, and no worker...

 
Here's the queen!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!

 
Here's the queen!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!

 
Here's the queen!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Here's the queen! Drawing out comb nicely! Look at the size of that drone!

 
A Queen's Hard Life
Submitted by: Austin Queen
Texas

This Spring 2010 Queen did a great job but she was damaged somehow. It isn't always easy being the queen! Smashed abdomen, missing legs, chewed wing... Replacing...

 
A Queen's Hard Life
Submitted by: Austin Queen
Texas

This Spring 2010 Queen did a great job but she was damaged somehow. It isn't always easy being the queen! Smashed abdomen, missing legs, chewed wing... Replacing...

 
Beautiful Apiary, Confused Bees
Submitted by: Louisiana Beekeeper
Louisiana

New bees established in a beautiful apiary. Note the increased activity in the one hive. The bees (from packages) left their queens behind and...

 
10 days after hiving...
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

I've got capped brood!

 
10 days after hiving...
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

I've got capped brood!

 
Homemade Top Bar Hive
Submitted by: Texas TBH Beekeeper
Texas

Texas Top Bar Hive

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
New Nuc
Submitted by: Father Daughter Beekeepers
Texas

A father and daughter hive their nuc together and have a shared first experience of beekeeping.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Backyard Beauty
Submitted by: Missouri Backyard Beekeeper
Missouri

Everybody has their own flair for showing off their hives. Here is one example of how a bee hive can turn into more then just a box with bugs.

 
Swarming
Submitted by: Big Island Bee
Hawaii

Bunches of Bees on the Big Island of Hawaii... someone get some supers please!

 
Swarming
Submitted by: Big Island Bee
Hawaii

Bunches of Bees on the Big Island of Hawaii... someone get some supers please!

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
busy little bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

23 days since hiving...7 frames filled out with honey, pollen and brood...only 2 drone cells in the bunch

 
Post Office bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading...

 
Post Office bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading...

 
Post Office bees
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

On 4/21 the post office called me to come get my bees...which was very puzzling since I had already picked up my BWeaver package on 4/6. Turns out they had a small swarm by their loading...

 
Thank you, Ligustrum!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Tried following the ladies this last weekend to see what they are working. Not much luck until I noticed the neighbor's wax-leaf ligustrum. I got these shots in a 20 mph wind. I...

 
Thank you, Ligustrum!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Tried following the ladies this last weekend to see what they are working. Not much luck until I noticed the neighbor's wax-leaf ligustrum. I got these shots in a 20 mph wind. I...

 
Frosty Home
Submitted by: Camp Frosty
Colorado

"Mom, can we come home? Don't like this summer camp." Mom said, it is mighty dusty and hot here... turns out they are thriving despite the cold. Lovely hive!

 
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Submitted by: Texas Beekeeper
Texas

I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are...

 
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Submitted by: Texas Beekeeper
Texas

I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are...

 
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Submitted by: Texas Beekeeper
Texas

I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are...

 
pollen, pollen, pollen
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Feb 17, 2012...Venus, Texas...the girls are bringing in boat loads of pollen today!...and they are surrounded by a bumper crop of bluebonnets (yet to bloom). This last year I took...

 
pollen, pollen, pollen
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Feb 17, 2012...Venus, Texas...the girls are bringing in boat loads of pollen today!...and they are surrounded by a bumper crop of bluebonnets (yet to bloom). This last year I took...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
13 swarm cells!
Submitted by: jeb532
Texas

Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have...

 
International Human Bee In
Submitted by: I am the Thorax. I speak for the bees.
California

Get your **BEE** on! Honeybee colonies have declined by one third over the past three years. Bad news for us humans, because...

 
Start of our New Bee yard
Submitted by: Bobbi Bee
Texas

New bench works well

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Bee Careful
Submitted by: PaxBee
New York

My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS...

 
Beginner beehives in Llano county
Submitted by: Bruce & Carol
Texas

Both of our hives seem to be doing well and I got a couple of pictures of bees busy doing what bees do best. We are not sure how the honey will taste from...

 
Beginner beehives in Llano county
Submitted by: Bruce & Carol
Texas

Both of our hives seem to be doing well and I got a couple of pictures of bees busy doing what bees do best. We are not sure how the honey will taste from...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

 
First Honey Harvest!!
Submitted by: Lacey
Texas

HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It...

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First Honey Harvest!!
Lacey
Texas
HI!! We purchased a bee package from your Navasota location in April 2011. It was to establish our very first hive (top bar style). Today (10/5/2014), we got our first honey harvest! It was amazing. Thank you so much for supplying us with those first healthy bees!
Had a beee-autiful Eexperience! thebehnfactor
Texas
Although I am new to beekeeping, my experience is already starting out on a great foot. Ramona at BeeWeaver helped me decide what Nuc to purchase and provided ample amount of detailed information of how to introduce the nuc, what supplies I would need, and other pertinent hive information. When I realized I wanted a package, instead of a Nuc, she once again, made sure I understood how the responsibilities were in contrast with the Nuc. I am grateful for the time and effort she spent working with me! Her assistance was truly appreciated!
A Lovely Queen (finally) thanks to BeeWeaver and Laura Scott
Utah
After a less than ideal situation with my local letter carrier, and an over-the-top solution from Laura Weaver, my struggling hive is no longer queenless! I'm excited to help my BeeWeaver Queen through the Utah winter and start the spring off strong. Thank you Laura and crew, what a pleasure to work with a company and people who truly value customers and are so willing to assist a new beekeeper with a rather rocky start.
Gore
Texas
Thanks very interesting blog!
Beginner beehives in Llano county
Bruce & Carol
Texas
Both of our hives seem to be doing well and I got a couple of pictures of bees busy doing what bees do best. We are not sure how the honey will taste from these flowers, but we also have bee brush on our property. It just seems we have a huge quantity of these flowers. I have heard some beekeepers say honey from these flowers can be bitter while others say it is just a more 'robust' honey. I guess we will see.
Gerald Clough Gerald Clough
Texas
Well, here I am. First hive, first bees. Nothing backing me up but the Centex Beekeepers Association one-day school and a lot of reading. Picked up my first package of Beeweavers on May 4 and installed them in a TBH. Today, May 7, I pulled the queen cage and saw that they had freed her and were making comb. With those times and three or four more entries to install and check feeders, I've been maybe five or six times in the hive. I had read some older comments on some discussion sites about Beeweavers bees being "hot." Well, I have yet to need any gear at all. It's been tee-shirt work all the way, and they've tolerated my clumsy newbee skills, even when I crushed a few of them. I didn't even spray the cage box to pull the queen and travel feeder. And I've used a little smoke since, but I get the impression it wasn't important. I can't imagine bees being more tolerant than that.
got my package installed , no hood , no gloves most tame bees ever michael mcelroy
Texas
Worked these bees last week when they came in without any tools what so ever, Not one sting , some of the tames bees i have seen. I had to give them secound brood box today 1wk in and still didnt need any tool.s. They dong run on the comb, just carry on about thier buisness like I wasnt there. Bee Weaver is coming up with some of the most genetically perfect breed queens and bees on the market today. If they can survive the texas weather and heat and pests they will survive anywhere. So dont forget to buy the best right here before you move on to another site. michael mcelroy Tyler Texas
no treatments needed last 4 years with b weaver bees michael mcelroy
Texas
new report on B weaver bees. No treatments needed last 4 years even with hive beetles . The b weaver bees seem to have the gene pool diversity it takes to adapt and develop resistance to these pests and diseases. I am proud of my B weaver bees Its jan 29 and my bees are bringing in pollen already. You go guys thanks again
texas bees are best bee weavers michael mcelroy
Texas
I have tried every queen from california to florida and found B weavers to out do them all. They are located right here in my back yard. They have outdone all my other bees in one year. By golly they have something here.. Keep up the good work guys michael tyler texas
Bee Careful
PaxBee
New York
My first year of contact with honeybees has been by far the most interesting thing I have ever done, and has an intense learning curve full of lessons. Lesson n+1= CHECK THE SEALS AND FLAPS on your beesuit! In my excitement I neglected to seal my chickensuit fully. My neck flap was velcroed, but the zippers were not brought together completely. Two guard bees got into my bonnet through the tiny pea size gap, and after a hundred yard sprint beating olympic records (trapped in a suit unable to remove the veil) being pursued by the rest of the guards - I got stung on the eyelid right above the lashes. I suggest to newbee enthusiasts - CHECK YOUR SEALS and FLAPS. That comb I am holding happened to taste like butterscotch? and maple syrup? and worth all the work. Never had a taste like that or again as whatever nectar source changed within one week and new flavors came in.
Start of our New Bee yard
Bobbi Bee
Texas
New bench works well
International Human Bee In
I am the Thorax. I speak for the bees.
California
Get your **BEE** on! Honeybee colonies have declined by one third over the past three years. Bad news for us humans, because bees pollinate 90% of our crops. And they make honey! Call attention to their plight by dressing as a **BEE** and swarming your local zoo. Bring a whole hive! Set the world abuzz -- be a part of the first International Human Bee In! August 8, 2012 at a zoo near you. Bee there in bee wear!
Thank You for Calm Bees! Sondra
Texas
I am a brand-new beekeeper, and couldn't have been more afraid while doing my first install on April 7, the day of pick-up. I wanted to write and thank Laura, especially, for answering my stupid questions all those months while I waited for the pick-up date. The two packages of bees I purchased and installed have been very calm and agreeable, and have even cut me a lot of slack throughout my stupid mistakes as a new beekeeper. I am so grateful to you for making the learning curve so easy! I ADORE my bees and I don't know what I ever did without them.
Queen Cells too buddysbees
Texas
jeb532. Thanks for your post and pics. I am also a first year bee keeper and found this in my hive yesterday. One bee keeper thought they were drone cells. I thought I had both drone and queen cells. I have added another super about 3 weeks ago but it now looks like the process of possible swarming my be in place. Please feel free to comment.
13 swarm cells!
jeb532
Texas
Was off yesterday afternoon trying to prevent “swarming” of my bees. Didn’t quite get finished..and was up till 1 am making hardware. I will have to finish this afternoon. You have to have 75F+ temps and no rain to do swarm prevention manipulations. Remember I’m new at this beekeeping thing...so I was more than surprised/perplexed at what I found. My BeeWeaver breed hive had THIRTEEN swarm queen cells! The BeeWeaver hive has built up from the original 10,000 bees I bought last April to probably around 80,000 bees. I have split this hive into two “nucs” (half-width hives), each with a few queen cells, and the original hive with a few queen cells. If I’m lucky, I’ll get three hives from one. I also destroyed about half the queen cells to inhibit swarming. Somewhere in the mix, one queen cell was “piping”. I never figured out which queen cell it was. The first picture shows both the young and old pupae stages of a bee. This bee was just a day or two from hardening and emerging. She was in the burr comb between two hives. The second picture shows what the population was like in all three boxes on the BeeWeaver hive. Note...in these pictures at least half of the bees that live in this hive are not visible because they are out in the field collecting nectar/pollen. It would be really crowded at night when everybody is home! The third picture shows a frame of brood is almost all “drone” cells (males). The fourth picture shows the short hive on the left (a “swarm trap”). Middle hive is the duplex “split” off the top of the right hive that I hope gives me two new colonies. Right hive is the BeeWeaver hive. I added a 3rd box back on the top, moved some populated frames to it, and interspersed empty frames throughout. Now I keep my fingers crossed that they don’t swarm anyway....or if they do, that they chose the surrogate hive to live in.
pollen, pollen, pollen
jeb532
Texas
Feb 17, 2012...Venus, Texas...the girls are bringing in boat loads of pollen today!...and they are surrounded by a bumper crop of bluebonnets (yet to bloom). This last year I took advantage of the drought to dig out my pond...and everywhere I had beat the grass down with the tractor....bluebonnets came up in the thousands.
Poor Drones Laura@BeeWeaver
Texas
Those poor drones! Mine were kicked out this summer due to the drought. When the tough times come those girls decide they don't want any extra mouths to feed!
Bee Pimp Bee Pimp
Texas
The ladies are driving the drones out of my hives these days. It is sad to see these poor boys languish and die so ignobly. But it is good for the hive for this winter. Are others experiencing this now?
chilling with a swarm
Heather Campbell
Hawaii
BeeWeaver Bees in Top Bar Hives
Texas Beekeeper
Texas
I would like to thank you for the great bees. About 6_8 weeks ago we came to Austin and pick them up from your house. As you can see by the photos, they are going crazy. I built a top hive and am pleased with it for what I wanted.