Regarding episode 155 (Puddle Swarm): I caught a dry "puddle" swarm a few years ago. I poked my finger into the swarm looking for the queen. Somehow, I found her in less than a minute and put her in a cage. I put the cage on the top bar of a frame in a nuc. Her daughters promptly marched/flew into the nuc. My guess is that the ol' lady was too tired/heavy fly and settled onto the ground with her entourage following. I suspect that the queen in your puddle warm did the same thing. BTW, that queen worked out great, producing tons of very gentle and productive daughters.
Hey Kevin, I’m a backyard beekeeper in iowa with 4 hives. One hive is from Russian stock, 2 are Italian and one is a “mutt”. I have really appreciated all your effort to put out the podcasts. I’ve listened to most all of them and picked up lots of tips and learned things I haven’t came across any other place. Thanks for all you do! Stephanie
Hey Kevin, I found your podcast when I was visiting my dads family in Newton, NJ and I have been hooked ever since. Thanks for all the hard work you do producing these episodes. My favorite episode is still when you and Bob were drinking beer hanging out in the bee yard watching the bees.
Kevin I finally listened in to your pod cast-after my friend told me about your review of the EAS class on wax. First off, thanks so much for your efforts with this podcast and all the organization around it! I was so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the wax class. It was part of a special day I organized on Excellence in Honey and Hive Products and in fact, Bob will be teaching a workshop in a few weeks up here with live demonstrations and actual candle making. I did want to share that he does in fact use metal molds too- the taper metal molds and he uses a special tool to carve out the bottom. Take care and best of luck in beekeeping.
Kevin, Finished listening to episode 129 for the third time , getting ready for # 4 . Thank you for your time and talent. Sincerely , Tom
Hi Kevin! I've been listening for quite some time and I enjoy having you as my 'mentor' of sorts. Your knowledge doesn't go to waste! I am located in central ontario where the weather is still below freezing. The bees fly on the rare warmer day but they should be coming out more soon. You asked about how we keep our bees warm in the winter and I use a product called a Hive Cozy. Its basically fibreglass insulation wrapped in uv treated thick black plastic. It works great to keep the heat inside. Keep up the amazing work! Julie
Kevin, It was good to meet you at EAS last year. If you need I have the MB tests back to 2014. You most likely have them back farther than that as this is my first year beekeeping. Also, was told by a MB that the book "The Classroom" by Jerry Hayes is one that folks use to study for the MB exam. Best of luck.
Hello Kevin, Thank you for your videos and podcasts, I enjoy them very much. I'm also impressed with your organizational involvement within your region. Very inspiring! After listening to #123(?) in particular comments about Mr. Parker presentation density of keepers in your/and his area and about your schedule to super in April intrigued me. I would never think to super in April, it can be our snowiest month. My bumper flow is always (and only) linden in late June and early July from nearby 70's suburban neighborhoods. Although a few miles away beekeepers have totally different flows. I was hoping you could go into your local bloom cycle/nectar periods. With so many(?) area beekeepers you must have a long nectar season? Or great flows? Thanks it will be interesting to learn of your local.
Kevin, I can't express how much I appreciate the time and effort that you put into your podcasts. I started beekeeping in 2012, which I think is about when you started your podcasts, and I have listened to all of them over the years. It's always a treat when I see a new podcast on my I-phone and I will listen to it at the next opportunity while traveling in my car with my work. Listening today I enjoyed hearing about your discovery of a surviving cluster in a hive that was not flying like the others on a recent warm day. I have six hives that I am trying to get through the winter, but only five of them were flying during the few 50 degree days we have had since the hard freeze over the holidays. We had a couple of 60 degree days last week and on the second 60 degree day the sixth hive was flying like the rest of them. I was assuming that that hive was killed by the cold and thought this activity was probably just the other hives robbing it out, but your story has given me some hope that that hive was just on a different schedule for breaking cluster for some reason. We'll see come Spring when I can do an inspection. Keep up the good work.
Hi from North Wales. I’ve just found these podcasts after seeing the video editions you did on the NWNJBA YouTube site and am finding them very interesting and they provide great listening. I’m only up to the podcast number 10 now so I’ve got plenty to get on with. I’m a beekeeper in North Wales and have between 8 to 14 hives at my home apiary which is high on the side of a valley. I keep local Welsh bees which are a very old breed of black bees which was thought to have died out here in the UK back in the 50’s but being secluded, and with much work by local beekeepers who only promote local stock and not imported Bees, we have now managed to get a good bloodline going and the numbers of Welsh Black bees are growing in this area. They are unique in that they regularly fly in cold ( down to 3 degrees celcious ) and damp weather and even if it’s raining very hard they still go out to fly. They require and use very little stores when over wintering, they produce a lovely traditional/ classic brood frame in the shape of a rainbow with a arch shaped layer of pollen above the brood and then a arch shaped layer of honey above the pollen. They are skitty on the frame and very quick movers compared to Italian types and can be a little aggressive at times but we get very few issues when over wintering as they are very local bees and well acclimatized. Perhaps I’ll email you pictures of them sometime. Keep up the great work Kevin Nick.
Kevin: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your podcast and complement you on the professional quality of your podcast and show notes. Very impressive. I am new to beekeeping and scoured the internet and you tube for information as well as joining the local beekeeping club. On day I thought, I wonder if there are any beekeeping podcast and found the Beekeeper’s Corner podcast. Episode 112 was the first one I listened to and immediate recognized your voice as that beekeeper that stays so calm even when he got stung (I guess that really impressed me on one of the videos). Anyway, early in episode 112 you mentioned that you were not going to worry so much about what people say (negative comments) but do things with a smile. That really impressed me, and I subscribed to your podcast. Recently, in Episode 122, you discussed the NJ DOA Regulations and how you have held off on commenting on the regulations as your comments were a bit on the negative side. I know in my own case whenever I am a bit mad and send out an email or call someone – the results never work out as I expected. So, I complement you on pulling back and reconsidering. As you said in episode 112, find a way to say it with a smile. Keep gathering your comments with other beekeepers and regular folks and pushing back- at least in the US we still have a voice and can provide input into government regulations. Now I thought I would continue to attempt to get a chuckle from you. It relates to a bit of trivia about your podcast. Specifically, which channel did you initially record your podcast in. So my story goes: I liked you podcast so much, I decided to listen to them all starting at episode 1. I often wake up around 2-3 am and I sometimes listen to podcast while I try to fall back asleep. So, I decided I would start listening to your early podcast at that time. Two more details- I sleep on my side so I have only one ear plug in (the upper ear) depending on which side I am lying on and secondly the wireless receptions in the bedroom is slow. So, the first night all went well and I listened to episode 1 (lots more music than recent episodes). The next night I tried to listen to episode 2 but kept waiting for the episode to load. I never heard anything before I finally fell asleep. But in the morning, I noticed the IPOD said episode 2 would be deleted (as it had played). That’s strange I thought, but I listened to it the subsequent night. And so, it went- sometimes I heard the podcast, sometimes I didn’t and would retry. It wasn’t until episode 14 at the end you mentioned the earlier podcast were only recorded on one channel. The LEFT channel! So, I only heard it if I was laying on my right side with my left ear up. If I slept on my left side with the right channel earplug in, I never heard it. Well I thought that was funny and I hope you do too. Thanks for now using both the right and left channels! In closing, thanks for the podcast I really enjoy them and look forward to each new one. It is truly impressive that you have continued so long. Looking forward to episode 123!
Kevin- I really enjoy listening to your podcast. This year was my first year keeping bees. I wasn't too successful. My bees absconded a couple weeks ago but I learned a ton and look forward to giving it another try next season. I look forward to what you are doing and pull tons of good information out of your podcasts. Thank you for everything you do.
Itunes on my 4g ipod goes from episode 97 to 113 ? Though you should know. v6.1.6 Not sure if it's just due to an older ipod and iOS or what. Thank you for this podcast. It's my favorite beekeeping podcast I've found.
Hi Kevin, Regarding the Homasote fibre board that you talk about in episode 119 for the moisture board, this is a US brand which doesn't seem to be available here, but in the UK we have something similar made from recycled newspapers made by a firm called Sundeala. Its commonly used for noticeboards in schools, etc. and is available untreated (which I guess would be good for the bees) or fire-retardant (probably not so good for the bees)... The website for the UK listeners is: www.sundeala.co.uk Bee good! Patrick.
Hi Kevin, Greetings from across the water! Thanks for the Podcast... I came across it after recommendation form the guys at Beehive Jive, and it keeps me entertained on the long commute to and from work. I'm slowly working my way through them after listening to the last few since September and now going back further in time... I'm new to the beekeeping game and am doing as much research and reading as possible through the winter in anticipation of a beginners course in the spring, with my local group (shout out to the Shropshire BKA!!). My plan is to start with a nuc that I'll re-home into a British Standard National hive on shallow frames as these are the most commonly used here. I have a big garden (yard?) that I think will comfortably hold a couple of colonies without causing too many issues, so, if I can expand to two or three that will be ideal I think. Any time you're in the UK, feel free to pop in for a cup of tea! Regards, Patrick Maloney.
Kevin - I listen to your podcast regularly. I saw this article and thought I would pass it along. I thought you might have interest in it. https://www.ksl.com/?sid=46188647&nid=1012&title=usu-professor-hopes-robotic-hives-will-help-honeybees
Hi Kevin! Love your podcast! Going to follow your lead and try treating my son's warts with propolis. (warty)Fingers crossed! This week, I've started stinging my left knee for arthritis - hurts at first, but 1/2 hour later my knee feels great. Time will tell. Thanks for all the work you do -
Hi from Australia! With my first nucleus arriving next month (October, which is spring in Australia) I'd been trying out lots of beekeeping podcasts to brush up on what I'd learned this past winter in a weekend-long beekeeping course. I am also from NJ (Chester) although my family and I now live in the hills outside Adelaide, South Australia. I'm really enjoying your podcast, the music, and your style of presenting. Many thanks for all the excellent information. I have two bits of feedback, if you're interested: I listen to a lot of podcasts, getting ready for work in the morning and on my long commute to work and home. I really appreciate when podcasts alot their music segments or ads either 15 or 30 second time slots, so that one can skip over them if they want to, without missing any of the podcast itself. Not sure if this makes sense. Also, I find that while your music plays in stereo, things go mono when you speak. You may have fixed this in your later episodes which I haven't gotten to. Anyway, just friendly feedback. Keep up the great work and I look forward to following you as I catch up to your most recent episodes. Kind regards from the land down under, Danielle Duvoisin
Hello Kevin, I've been downloading your podcasts for about 9 months now and listening to them on the way to work. I thought I should offer my gratitude for your efforts. I downloaded quite a few back episodes and have been working my way up. I'm about 6 episodes from being up to speed. I currently have 11 hives in Wake Forest, NC and a 3rd yr. beekeeper, NC certified about a year ago. I sell honey and make about 8 varieties of mead as well. Anyway, thanks for keeping me company on the way to work! I am always reading books, publications and perusing podcasts to become a better beekeeper.
Hello Kevin, Just found your site! Tremendous amount of work you have put in, really nice site. I am just going through and exploring it now. Thanks for all the info, was especially interested in making a log hive. Also was wondering if other bee keepers in my area are making trips to Mann Lake bee supply? Thanks for a great informative site! Dave + Ann