Love the podcast, listener for a few years. I wonder if you know anything about an issue I have, or suggestions for where to get info. My hives are on a non-profit urban farm property that abuts city owned property. The city is planning to spray herbicides (aminopyralid, clopyralid, aminocyclopyrachlor, and imazapyr) on thistles in the area. Should I be worried about my bees? Is thre anything I can do to mitigate damage?
Hi Kevin, I get a lot of questions about the Flow Hive. I believe you've mentioned it before but I wondered if you've tried it or if you have intent to do so. Here's a review of it that I've given my friends. The value of the flow hive, as opposed to other MUCH less expensive options, is in how easy it is to harvest the honey. If you want less work harvesting honey... then PERHAPS the flow hive is worth the money. The other part of the cedar flow hive that I rate very high is the quality of the craftmanship. The boxes themselves are really, really nice. Cedar will last essentially forever with just a nice coat of tung oil. Furthermore, it is just obvious that whoever is making these things put a lot of care into the design and execution of production. HOWEVER, with the problems of disease, pests, and pesticides marrying together for a terribly challenging landscape for beekeepers... this hive option will most likely NOT reduce the amount you should be going into the hive. I believe we need to be gathering data as beekeepers. We need to LOOK at the frames on which bees are working. Post-mortem analysis of a hive is too late to know what went wrong. AND you should have more than one hive... which makes the price-point for the flow-hive that much more overwhelming. I must declare that my analysis may be a little biased... my bees did not fare very well in the flow hive. The reasons for this were likely multiple and might not be solely because of the flow hive itself. But, one of my flow frames had a missing piece and ants got into the hive... those little buggars! Either way, I found the flow hive elegant yet at the same time (paradoxically) problematic. I also sort of doubt the plastic flow frames will do very well in the significant temperature fluctuations that we get in New England. A philosophical note: Bees have adapted to primarily nest in wooden homes with "homemade" wax furnishings. I think that it might be kind of weird for the bees to live in plastic. The plastic itself is relatively similar in physical properties to wax but it's still not the same. It could (I'm conjecturing here) be analogous to if we started using only stainless steel furniture without any upholstery whatsoever. So those are some of my thoughts about the flow hive. I don't really think that it will save much in the end and may end up costing you more than you'd like. I do appreciate the awareness that the flow hive has created regarding beekeeping in general! It's a really cool invention and I look forward to following the company's progress. Thanks so much for your work! Ben
Hi Kevin, I have listened since almost the beginning. And, listened over and over again. I always go back and listen to you drifting off to sleep at night. Lol, that doesn't mean you send mebto sleep, but my mind goes off on tangents with my own bees in mind , when I listen to your own adventures. I love the podcast, and being va beekeeper for 7 years, I have learnt along with you...thank you. Also, I cannot see a little dot on your map for my visit to your webpage. I visit quite often for links. Is that normal? Can you not see your own visit? Take care, look forward to future adventures. X dawn
Great job Kevin. Don't know how you find the time to put out the podcast. Seems like all my spare time goes to putting equipment together. Very much appreciated. You always seem to have something interesting to comment on. Keep up the great work.
Hi from coastal North Devon (UK). Love all your hard work Kevin - so good to hear from other Beekeepers - the Podcast is so helpful. Zara
I am a new listener and have enjoyed your podcast. Thank you, my daughter and I look forward to the next show.
Hi Kevin, I started listening to your podcasts a month or so ago. Started at 97 or something then went back to 1. Loving the narrative and the dedication after 8 years so well done.
I've been listening to your podcast for years now(even relistening multiple times)....missing your updated insights the past couple months. Hope all is ok! Just wanted to know you have fans pining out here for more!!!!
Dear Kevin. Looking forward to Episode 100 of the Podcast !!! I have listened to every one so far, learned a lot. They are great and thank you so much for all your hard work. Best wishes, Ingo.
Hi! My name is Ben, I'm a big fan of your content. Just wanted to commend you on your love for tech. I think it's a really cool passion of yours that I appreciate, though I don't invest as much in it myself. Mostly, I've just tried out the flow hive and have some of my information stored on hivetracks.com. I wanted to share with you a new show coming up that could be an opportunity. If you have a cool invention, perhaps "Make Me a Millionaire Inventor" could help you out. I am in no way affiliated with them, I just thought of your interest in gadgets when I heard about it. Again, love your show. I've got 12 hives up here in NH and am slowly but surely building my expertise in queen rearing because there's a lot of demand for Northern Queens and local nucs. Happy Beekeeping! Ben
Hi! While not keeping bees, I'm still interested and am slowly working through Your podcasts. I would like to report, however, that episode #81 seems to be compromised. Over a period of two weeks I have occasionally tried to download it, but will only get just shy of 3 MBytes. Best regards! /Sven
Thanks for the great website. I just built your hive stand, and I've got a couple of comments. First, it's a GREAT design!. First comment: While the cut list is correct, there are two errors in the dimension picture. The two horizontals in the saddle area that the bottom board sits on show 12". They need to be 11" Second comment: I'm running 8 frame boxes (13-3/4" wide), and this plan can be adapted for a perfect fit by decreasing the 11" sections by about 3-1/2". Once again, thanks so much for the great plans!
Kevin email/call me about the Arnia hive monitoring system. I have had three since March and there is an issue you need to know before instilling them. 2108638024
Hi, very nice site, Thank you. I constructed your hive stand model, worked fine for me! Have a look here : https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0092009/photos/yorthopia/26647597223/ Best regards
Thanks for all the interesting lessons in beekeeping. I've learned a lot from your podcast. I started in beekeeping this spring with 4 hives my Grandfather was caring for. He is 86 years old and kept bees for many years and is ready to hand it off. So I have a great mentor and am enjoying the learning process.
Nice work on the new site. Have been listening to the podcast for a couple years. Thank you for the time you put into it. Keep up the good work Kevin.
Greetings Kevin, I really enjoy the podcast. I am starting my first two hives this april. I decided last fall that I wanted to get into keeping bees. Since I deliver chinese food for a living, I have countless hours of time to listen to postcasts. Yours are definitely one of my favorites.I appreciate all the hard work you do to get the podcasts out. Keep up the good work.
starting beekeeping this spring for the first time. Thanks for your podcasts, my bees survival (once they arrive) will be entirely dependent upon what I have learned from you during my commute to work each day. I have no doubt they will bee fine. Cheers.
Hi ~ I met you at a Rutgers beekeeping course. My FLOW hive has arrived & is still in the box. I wondered if you wanted to see it?
Admin Reply by: bkcorner
Sure. send me an email and i'll be in touch. Kevin.
Hey Kevin, Just getting back up on beekeeping as I had a procedure that knocked me for a loop. Saying that your new site looks great! Local Hive report I had three hives going into winter and just looked in on them and have 1 hive that I'll be splitting and trying to make some nukes. Take care and keep up the good work.
Admin Reply by: bkcorner
Thanks for checking in John, glad you are on the mend. Appreciate the kind word on the site, I think it works a lot better for sure. Keep in touch on how things are going - Kevin