Sunday, August 13, 2017

Something Really Simple to have on hand: Water

I keep any large water bottles and refill them with tap water.  I keep a couple in the bee vehicle and also in each beeyard.  Here's why:


  • in case of a spark or fire from the smoker
  • to poor on myself to cool off
  • to wash hands
  • to wash the bee brush which gets stuck up with honey as I sweep the bees off the combs
  • to rinse off a bee that's covered in too much honey
  • to refill any water dishes set out for the bees
  • to drink in case I don't have anything else with me

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Maybe we need to rethink how we keep bees



Here's a really interesting article on how beekeepers in Slovenia keep their bees:  Slovenian Beekeeping

The article lists the advantages and disadvantages of keeping bees this way.  Major advantages are that there's no lifting of boxes.  It's designed so that the frames slide out from the back.  That alone makes my knees want to swoon!

You work inside the hut and from the backs of the hives.  There's ventilation, bottom screen boards, etc.  And there's no wind or rain inside so you can work any time.

A disadvantage could be that the frames aren't Langstroth size... but if you build an outfit like this yourself you could build it to Langstroth size.

I'm an older beekeeper with really bad knees and a sometimes bad back.  I must admit that this set up is super appealing.