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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 ...
 
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The Jive Hive

Kyle Rebar & Kat Heagberg

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Recorded in various parking lots and closets, the Jive Hive is an aural experience that's a lot like attending your favorite local open mic... if your favorite local open mic took place in a trans-dimensional speakeasy run by an eccentric (and possibly Satanic) proprietor and was fronted by his butler Chives.
 
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We continue our conversation with Mary Reed, Chief Apiary Inspector for the state of Texas where we join the gang amid a fit of laughter. All bets are off pretty much right from the start as the group tries to compose themselves. But, there are some great bits of information that sneaks in there between the outburst of laughter. Oh, and did we ment…
 
What happens when you take the motor cowling from an 85 horsepower V4 Johnson outboard boat motor and turn it into a swarm trap? Well, we don’t actually know. However, Ken and his son Max are willing to find out! Tune in now as Ken and John discuss this, and a few other random topics to round out a truly random bonus episode. (Original Air Date: Ma…
 
Bees employ various strategies in order to fend off pest and diseases. Join Nathalie as she discusses how bees do this naturally at both the colony and individual level and how this understanding can help you choose bees that will give you the best chances of success in your natural beekeeping endeavors.…
 
Grab yourself a slice of strawberry cake and pull up a chair while Ken and John ramble on. Did you know that a bad combo of bee genetics can be the cause of a spotty brood pattern? Could Ken finally get his Bahama Mama? You’ll have to go brave the DropBears to find an Australian Penguin in order to get the answers. Well, that… or you could just tun…
 
Join John and Ken in cabin 13 just off the shore of lake Buchanan as they discuss Ken's absence from the last main episode, his surgery, and him missing out on all the studio fun. This includes a little PSA for Men and prostate issues. Ken also gets to taste the Jerrabomberra Urban Honey for the first time. For longtime listeners of the show, this …
 
(Original Air Date: Jan 30th, 2020) In a fully hyped-up caffeinated sugar high type of morning, the guys are in rare form. They run through a series of seemingly unrelated (though mostly bee related) topics from commercial beekeeping routes, to pesticide usage, and even a couple of rants about social media influences who do more of a disservice to …
 
In this 6th segment of our Natural Beekeeping Corner, Nathalie talks about some of the key factors that are often attributed to honey bee colony decline… namely Varroa Mites and Viruses. However, could there be more to it than just that? Nathalie challenges you to look beyond the forest, so to speak, and think a little bit about the unintended cons…
 
(Original Air Date Jan 15th, 2020) Welcome to your first new Bonus episode for all you Hive Jive Junkies out there. Ken and John figured they should just start off with a bang, and what better way than by insulting two very large groups of people... Commercial Beekeepers and Vegans! How dare they!由John Swan; Ken Milam
 
It is time to say goodbye to yesterday… Season three of the podcast comes to a close and as the guys wrap up this little beginner beekeeping adventure that has spanned the last three years, they recap on where the show started and some of the milestones along the way, all the while paying tribute to our beloved redneck who allowed us all to join hi…
 
Today John is joined once again by Miss Tara Chapman from Two Hives Honey. Tara teaches us about honey crystallization, what it means, and the four main factors that contribute to this process. This is key knowledge to help you better understand the process, how you can use it to your advantage, and how to better educate the end consumer about your…
 
This year’s honey harvest has come and gone, and it is leaving a few tears in its wake. John discusses how the main apiary did this year, or rather, how much it didn’t do at all. The bizarre weather patterns have definitely taken their toll on the nectar flow and John gives a few stark examples of how much of an impact it will have on this year’s h…
 
This episode coils up and strikes at the heart of a slippery subject… Snakes in the bee yard. There are all kinds of different critters out there that we often don’t notice as we go about our bee business, focused on what has become a habitual process of tasks. But that doesn’t mean that those critters don’t notice us as we go about our work. Some …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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