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
Build a pvc hive stand. With 12" cross pieces. There's more like 16 - 2" pieces, vers 12 of them. Although 1-3/4" would have worked because the sockets are about 7/8" deep. According to the drawing, the front and rear cross pieces are different lengths. 11" and 12"
Hi Kevin, Love the podcast. Thank you for all the work you do to put the podcast out.
My daughter Lilly and I are still enjoying your podcast. We have three hives now and I just noticed on your "about" page that you are a sim racer. That was funny because I have raced online with the old papyrus games since the days of 56k in the late 1990s. I am on iracing now and see that you are too! Small world! Thanks again for the podcast. Jamie Privette
Much like binge watching episodes of Netflix back to back seasons of a person's favorite show, I've managed to listed to 23 episodes over the past week. Really enjoy hearing your progress over the first few years. Looking forward to listening the the rest of your podcasts Kevin. Keep up the great work
Kevin. Re. your 11 April bit about warm versus cold configuration, a number of us are using the warm approach in our part of Canada where we have long, fluctuating cold-wet winters and springs. But it's using the D.E. Hive modified vent kit with its very British style hive stand/landing board. David Eyre is British immigrant living in Ontario for 30+ years and now semi-retired from beekeeping. He makes certain claims about how his approach to ventilation boosts honey production, which are unproven here. https://www.beeworks.com/mod-kit-details/ He runs his frames warm in 11 frame square boxes, but the mod kit is for vent box, outer cover, inner cover, and hive stand for Langstroth dimensions. My Google searches have produced no robust evidence supporting the merits of one way over the other, but you will find endless debate on the subject on the internet. I have yet to find a peer-reviewed study of air circulation within hives in relation to colony thermoregulation and health that compares these different approaches. In any event, those of who are using the D.E. mod kit are happy with it. I like working the hive from the back, and I use circular rapid feeders which are very easy to fill without disturbing the ladies. Take note of the ventilation in his inner covers. You can e-mail me if you want more info on this. I enjoy your shows! Keep up the good work! Thank you.
Hi Kevin, I'm listening to your podcast in Canada and although our climates vary I have absorbed a wonderful amount of knowledge from your podcasts. I will be getting my first honeybees this may, 2 hives of Carnolian bees. I'm excited and a little broke now, having made all my purchases over the winter for the setup. I'm hoping they like it here as we are within flying range to a huge cranberry marsh and we also have a huge flower garden, vegetable garden and fruit trees. I look forward to the podcast all week! It's great to have you as a mentor of sorts. Julie
Just a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts. New to beekeeping and lost my one hive last year to yellow jackets, but looking forward to beginning this year with three nucs that should be ready any time now.
Hi Kevin, my 3rd year UIB. ( under the influence of bees) Been listening to your podcast over a year, enjoy all the info, ideas & music. Your discussion about British National hives in Ep. 108 made me realize a mistake I may have made. 1st year I tried a Top Bar but modified it to accept frames lengthwise. Mostly deep frames with mediums close to the sloped edge and a couple TB at the edge & a top cover. Then continued with TB as normal. Amazingly the bees had no problem with the change in direction. But I see now that compared to the National Hive, you might say it was set up "the cold way ". My TB failed during a mild 2015 winter at 1200 ft elevation in the Sierra foothills. I've decided to use standard Langstroth hives and last year multiplied 3 hives into 6. My TB acts as a swarm trap. I would send some pics of the TB mod. but can't find your email / contact listed on your website. Keep up the good work. Keith
Hey Kevin! Glad to see our group seems to have found the podcast! I have been mentioning it at every meeting and including it in our club communications. Keep up the good work!
Hi Kevin, I'm brand new to this new world of beekeeping and have just been to my first beginners lesson. Could you direct me to any podcasts you've done covering beginners or starting out? I've been listening to many of your pods for guidance and must say they are fantastic even if sometimes a little advanced for me! Thanks man. Fin
Hi Kevin. I love the the podcast. It introduces me to many new ideas in beekeeping. You have mentioned a microfiber cloth available from Amazon.com several times. I think you referenced someone you heard of recommended them. Do you have a link to purchase the cloths so that I get the correct one?
Hi Kevin, First thanks for the podcast. Excellent source of information - and keeps me company when I'm out and about. Reason for posting is that I've just read an article in The Beekeepers Quarterly - not sure if you know the publication as it's mainly European based - which I found interesting and would value your views on. It's by Ann and Maciej fron Opole in Poland and concerns their experience of using of Rhubarb to control varroa mites. Now I'm not sure if you have rhubarb in the US but that Yorkshire delicacy of rhubarb and custard (do you have custard is the US?- I'm sure you must) has a particular zing to it and that zing is caused by low levels of oxalic acid in the stalks. Ann and Maciej have been experimenting by laying rhubarb leaves across the top bars in the brood box. The bee's work to clear the leaves away and in the process release low levels of oxalic acid throughout the bood box. They claim a natural mite fall rate increase of between 2 to 7 times during the summer months when it's particulalry hard to treat for varroa and leaves the hive in good shape for conventional autumn treatment in that varroa counts are at reasonably low levels when conventional autumn treatment starts. They're still doing work on the topic and I'm sure more will come of it but it might offer a low cost (no-one has a use for rhubatb leaves), low tech (just open the hives and place the leaves in - the bees do the rest), natural (rhubarb is a foodstuff so no medicinal certification needed) route to varroa control. Have you heard of this method before? Is it likely to be effective - and can you see any problems if the method is adopted? Keep up the good work John N.
Hey Kevin it's been a couple years since commented but always keep up with the podcast, this past weekend I stumbled across this new (to me) product called "Mike's Hot Honey" and thought of you and your podcast immediately it is outstanding on just about anything and what it is, is pepper infused honey and I would say his recipe is a must try please feel free to share this with all and enjoy
Hi Kevin, In Episode 105 you lamented your losses. Here's something that might help next year: - Do your hives get DIRECT sun?? The master bee keeper in my parts said "Its not whether you insulate or not, its whether you feed them and have them in the DIRECT SUN or not". The president of the MCBA said he also puts a black plastic skirt around the hive stand too. (green house affect). Keying off of those two points, I did 3 things - I wrapped them in tar paper for heat, and added a **passive solar collector** in front of each one to absorb and transfer the heat up and sugar shims. Cheap passive solar collector: A black plastic box lid (2'x3') put in a black plastic trash bag, and put those in a clear plastic trash bag - in front of the hive and sloped up toward the hive entrance, (tilt it like a solar panel, and it looks like an inflate-able black slide (cheap looking). I also threw a brick in the bag to keep it anchored from the wind. So that they get a double dose of heat from the tar paper and the passive solar collector. So even on those cold clear days, the hives still get warmed by the sun. Next year, I'm considering putting a larger thermal collector beneath (like a long mini green house along the length of the hive table, with a green-house auto-closing vent that lets hot air (only) through a small drill hole in the bottom of the hives. I'll also put insulation on the sides/back, and top of the hives ONLY , and putting up a 3 sided wind screen made from that black/grey fiberglass weed-barrier cloth. (too much?) My only question for you - did you have sugar shims directly on top of your frames? I did shims, and added home made pollen patties to it too. (See the video from beverlybees.com). I'm a 1st year beekeeper, and lucky for me, both hives are still alive - bees were pulling pollen in Feb from Aspen & pussy willows. They were buzzing in their hives yesterday, but today is the Stella Nor'Easter - 2 feet of snow expected, and the weather has been in single digits at night. So I'm not out of the woods yet. My mentors lost 5 out of 6 hives. I'm a long time listener - originally found you on youtube. Great stuff, love the gadgets. I built 'Coats' nucs in Jan, with mods for Shop vac attachments, and to be used as swarm traps. (Got a table saw for the holidays - so this is dovetailing into some other great hobbies. ) Its nice to have so many podcasts to listen to now - I listen to one every night before I go to sleep. Keep up the good work! ...Don...