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What happens when you take a professional Fishing Guide, pair him with a Master Beekeeper, and throw in some Texas Red Headed Mutt Honeybees? Well, we are about to find out! Ken Milam, host of The Great Outdoors & Sunday Sportsman radio shows, and professional fishing guide, has decided that he thinks he’d like to start keeping bees. Problem is, he has absolutely no idea where to start. Enter John Swan, owner of Wicked Bee, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. Together they are going to embark on a ...
 
A NEW Beekeeping Podcast with a global perspective. Honeybee keepers, farmers and scientists love talking about bees and honey production and their audience will be intrigued by this hidden, female-led, democracy producing one of the most ancient of sweet treats. What most beekeepers don’t talk about is their personal journey to mindfulness, reinvention or business success. In an increasingly stressful world where we are all looking to improve our sustainability, lighten our footprint and re ...
 
Established in 2009. If you want to learn about beekeeping this is the show for you. It's been described by many as fun and informative. Hosts Gary and Margaret from New Zealand share tips, interviews and news about beekeeping. We discuss ways to bee more successful with your bees, get a sweet honey crop and keep your bees healthy. Please give us a listen.
 
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In this episode the guys discuss some of the challenges this season has presented with some areas having a sparse nectar flow and the decisions that beekeepers might be faced with because of those circumstances. John gives a reminder on colonies shutting down brood production during periods of extreme heat and periods of dearth, and a thought exper…
 
In this episode, we talk with Ben and Kimberly Carpenter of Hungry Bear Farms, current owners of Ross Rounds Honey Supers and Sundance Pollen Traps. Ross Rounds Honey Supers were created by Tom Ross several years ago, then the business was purchased by Lloyd Spears, who then developed the Sundance Pollen trap to increase his business. In 2017 he so…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 166 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Borage and my Ford Ranger Truck, these are the two things keeping me awake at night at the moment, listen in to find out why. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsored in part by Simon The Beekeeper - 'Maki…
 
Bee Radio Reader: Winter Bees! (88)Thank you to Meghan Milbrath and American Bee Journal for this article from January 2020: https://americanbeejournal.com/the-greatest-generation-winter-bees/Subscribe to American Bee Journal here: https://www.dadant.com/catalog/books-subscriptions/american-bee-journal kind regards to each of you and THANK YOU PATR…
 
I had the absolute pleasure of spending some time with Dr. Chelsea Cook from the Cook Lab at Marquette University. This conversation took us in so many directions and it begs the question: are you a curious bee or a focused bee? Visit the Cook Lab here! You can connect with Chelsea on Twitter here! Check out our website at www.beekeeperconfidential…
 
In this episode we talk with Dr. Gene Kritsky, who has authored or edited 10 books and over 250 papers on subjects as diverse as entomology, Egyptology, evolution, history of science, dinosaur biology, insect poetry and insect mythology. The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt is one of his Egyptology stories in a book, and Periodical Cicadas:…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 165 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: I have a question for you, Do swarms have a preference for where they settle? Two swarms, just days apart, both in the same tree, is that just coincidence? Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepe…
 
The guys have some corrections they need to make regarding speculations that were made in last week’s episodes. It turns out not all of the pertinent information was provided regarding Ken’s recent HopGuard III experience and this omission completely changes the outcome of that conversation. John then proceeds to carry that same message through the…
 
We continue this week exploring the work of the Honey Bee Health Coalition we started on the March 29th, Season 3, Episode 44, with Matt Mulica. The HBHC has several goals, tasks and programs it is pursuing and the one we are exploring today, with Dr. Dewey Caron, Representing the Western Apiculture Society and Mary Reed, Texas Apiary Inspector and…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 164 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: This week we have another week of glorious sunshine, complaints about the heat and a warning about beekeepers Health and Safety in the apiary. Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepers Zukan Bee …
 
In this very extended episode, the guys go back and cover a few items that they had meant to include in previous episodes but kept forgetting. Ken is up to his old tricks of pulling things out of left field which will keep everyone on their toes, and John discusses how the bees will backfill into the brood nest this time of year and what that means…
 
Dr. Geoffrey Williams and Dr. Nathalie Steinhauer join us in this episode to discuss the just released survey of colony losses between April 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021 conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, BIP. The numbers are not getting better after 15 years. In fact, beekeepers across the United States lost 45.5% of their managed honey bee c…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 163 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: It's been a solid week of sunshine, the hives are dripping with nectar and I've also started collecting some pollen, listen in to find out why. Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepers Zukan Bee…
 
Today the guys are prompted by Jacob to discuss some important questions you should ask if you are considering buying used equipment. Ken has a question about swarm traps and direction the entrance should be facing. Plus, it is time for another edition of Ken’s Cooking Corner. So tune in now to hear these topics and a few other tidbits in your week…
 
Returning to join us in this episode is Tammy Horn Potter. (She originally visited us back in Season 2!) Not only is Tammy the State Apiary Inspector for Kentucky, but she is also an accomplished author. She has just finished her fourth book entitled, “Work I Knew I Must. Reminiscence of Forty-One Years of Factory Life.” Jane Cole worked for the A.…
 
Bears and Bees don't mix... (87) Let me tell you a tale of woe (that could have been SO much worse) but hopefully you will learn from my mistakes! Thank you to each and every Patron and Listener!! kind regards, Leigh --Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to huge gratitude…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 162 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Once again the weather has me beaten, but there's warmer weather heading our way and so I'm starting my queen rearing programme. Simon The Beekeeper - Bee Suit, Nicot Kits and Much More Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Design…
 
John and Ken talk about potentially relocating some of Ken’s swarms out to his remote property and implementing some selective breeding and re-queening. John tells the story of a recent hive relocation due to the bee's extreme defensive behaviors. Ken has also had a swarm move into a two-inch thick Topbar hive that he had setting outside his house …
 
What better way to start Pollinator Week than to get the latest info on everything Pollinator from Kelly Rourke, Executive Director of Pollinator Partnership, and Miles Dakin, the Coordinator of Pollinator Partnership’s Bee Friendly Farming program. This week’s program also marks the beginning or Beekeeping Today Podcast’s FOURTH year! Our first pr…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 161 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Four seasons in one week, swarms that refuse to stay, being picked on by stinging bees and a Spring honey crop that's disappearing fast, so much to enjoy in this beekeepers world. Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by …
 
A lot of drama has happened in the social media version of the beekeeping world while John was lost on a plane, so he gives us an update on the current backlash being experienced by a certain TikTok influencer. The guys also address a couple of listener questions from Ryan in Indiana regarding building pollen feeders and mowing near your hives. And…
 
Charlotte Ekker Wiggins, author of two books about beekeeping and beekeepers, is our guest today. Her first book, Bee Club Basics, Or How To Start A Bee Club, dealt with managing teachers mentors, students, classes and the basics of organizing a start-up beekeeping organization. Her second book, just recently released is A Beekeeper’s Diary. Self G…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 160 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Eventually, the weather breaks, the sun shines and all hell breaks loose! We've been out and about inspecting colonies adding boxes and chasing swarms! Honey Paw Hives - Poly Langstroth Hives Designed by Beekeepers, for Beekeepers Z…
 
In this fourth installment of the Natural Beekeeping Corner Nathalie takes us on a tour of “The Peoples Hives.” What is this you ask? Well, tune in now to find out what hive style this might be and why Nathalie believes it is the hive of the future and can allow anyone to be a beekeeper.由Nathalie Biggie
 
In this episode, we talk with Margaret Lombard (CEO) and Catherine Barry (Dir. of Marketing) from the National Honey Board. The NHB is an organization designed with the express purpose of marketing honey. There are 10 Board Members, consisting of Honey Packers, Honey Importers, beekeepers and Sioux Honey who handle more than 250,000 pounds of honey…
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 159 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Another frosty week, cold days and would you believe it, starving bees, It's May for heaven's sake! Swarming is imminent but when are we ever going to get into our hives, stay tuned for this week's update on all things beekeeping he…
 
In this episode, I’m Hive Talkin all things cosmetics with UK-based specialist Dr. Sara Robb. You’ve seen the products on the shelves and probably noticed that so many of them contain beeswax and honey and that’s not just for marketing purposes. Both are proven to have amazing health benefits and you could be making your own sustainable small-batch…
 
In this episode John elaborates on a recent listener question about queen math. This leads into some discussion about queen rearing and a few tips and trip on using the Nicot queen rearing system. The guys also discuss some of the challenges that can be encountered by the queen on her nuptial flights that might reduce the chances of her successfull…
 
Today, we invite Dr. Robert E. Page, Jr. to the podcast to talk about his research on honey bee genetics and his new book, The Art Of The Bee. Shaping the environment from Landscapes to Societies. Rob is an Emeritus professor at both Arizona State University and The University of California, Davis. He has published hundreds of research papers, and …
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 158 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: It's official, this has been the frostiest April for the last 60 years, that's the frostiest April I've ever seen, no wonder the bees are still shivering. Never fear, May is on its way with warmer weather for us and our bees to enjo…
 
I'm in love with the Layens hive... (86) Here's the long rambling story of how I accidentally fell in love with a Layens hive and got one going in my yard as an experiment....and plan to gradually transition to a similar hive style in the future (once I build it compatible with Lang frame width). Photos and links mentioned are found here and availa…
 
The guys discuss a recent news article about “Millions of Bees” dying after “being left in a UPS truck for weeks.” Like many beekeepers our there, John and Ken have both had their own run-ins with shipping related issues, and if you keep bees long enough, you likely will as well. This topic leads to other ways that shipping can cause issues for you…
 
This is without doubt, the most technologically advanced, commercially available, honey bee hive monitoring system developed so far. Mike James has a background in home automation and when he started keeping bees not all that long ago, a first thought was supporting his package bees with some insulation. And, to no one’s surprise, his insulated pac…
 
I’m delighted to be Hive Talkin all things honey with Howland Blackieston and C.Marina Marchese co-authors of the new book Honey For Dummies. Howland is an experience backyard beekeeper, entertaining public speaker, and a dab hand at building beehives. He’s also the author of Beekeeping for Dummies. The very first beekeeping book I ever bought and …
 
Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 157 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. In This Week's Podcast: Still we have frosts but daytime temperatures are rising, the bees are flying and finally I've been able to get into the hives and see what's going on, it's time for disease inspections. Checking for Chalkbrood Video can be viewed h…
 
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