otf: bees

My 8 yr old cousin loves my bee stickers / knows how much I love bees & so tonight at a family dinner he surprised me with this drawing he did for me & I am shook by how cute this is💛🐝🐝

Hey, new beekeepers! If you are in the US Birmingham area and are looking for bees, I am starting a beesness called Hive Dynamics that involves giving colonies that I extract to new beekeepers for a super low price! I get calls for extractions and removals from all over now, so I’ll probably have plenty of bees soon.

Want bees?
It will work like this:

First, all you must do is give me your contact information, and I will tell you your place in the “bee queue”. Then, once I am called for an extraction, I will call the next person in the queue to let them know. Once the bees are in my possession, or about to be, I will call you so that we can schedule a place to meet so that I can give you your bees! You don’t have to pay a cent before you get the bees, because there is no guarantee that I will get them myself. I will be sure to tell you whether or not I know for sure that there is a queen, and any other suggestions relating to the colony and it’s wellbeing. If there is comb you will get it, and any queen cups or cells that I find will be given to you too. I will only be able to hold the bees for about one day before putting them in a temporary hive, so if you want the colony price without the hive box, it will need to happen quickly. Bees don’t like being kept in buckets.

I’m thinking of charging 70$ per colony, but I’m not sure if that is too much considering the uncertainty. If you have any sort of ideas as to how I could make this process better or smoother in any way, please don’t hesitate to tell me. I’m here to get more bees in to more homes, and want to do it as efficiently as possible. The hive boxes that they will be transported in after a day will simply be 5-sided wooden boxes with a hatch lid and a hole in it. Nothing fancy, but just a place for them to settle down in. Pre-waxed frames or top bars may be added for ease of access and transfer. They will add approximately 35$ to the total price. This price may vary as time goes on so don’t hold me to it. Xp

Please spread the word too! I can’t really advertise much, so word of mouth is basically all I have. I will hopefully have a website soon, so that will be nice too.

Went back to the house that I extracted those 10-13 thousand bees from last week. Found 5-6 queen peanuts on the two little squares of comb that I left behind on accident.
So apparently a colony can rebuild from nothing but the bees flying around in the air! No idea how they got the queen peanuts made and sealed up so fast, but hey.
I won’t be making that mistake again.

Introducing queens Kalypso Marvella II, III, and IV in succession to Marvella I. Since there’s no easy way to tell which one survives, the new queen will simply be known as Kalypso Marvella II of Logoso.

Thank you!

It’s very rare that Jess and I (Jake) are running the blog at the same time, so I thought it would be the right time to say thank you to everyone who supports this blog.
We recently hit 1300 followers, a number we never even imagined getting to. It’s such an absolute honor.
Because of everyone who supported this blog, Jess and I will be receiving an award for helping the cause of saving the bees. We worked over sixty hours just to achieve this, but we couldn’t have done it without all of you.
Again, thank you all for your support!

We need bees.

So I had a bee keeper in my cab last week. (Yes, I’m a cab driver.) We had a very interesting talk as I drove him around looking for a rechargeable battery for his solar panels. He takes his bees all over the country to help pollinate different environments to help our farmers for their fruit and vegetables. From California, Texas and New York and sometimes into Canada. I asked him about the bee population. He remembers that he used to lose about 10% per year of his bee population to natural death. Now the loss is closer to 40% in the last few years. It’s a definite danger we face. Without bees we would lose a lot, support our bees!

how to help sick bee!!

is bee on ground? is bee not moving much?? is bee tired??? help sick bee!!!

  • use paper to pick up bee!
    slide slowly under little bumbly legs and little bumbly body until bee is fully on paper

  • bring bee inside to open window or open door!!!
    when bee is better, bee will fly out!

  • make sugar water for bee!
    mix two (2) to three (3) tablespoons of sugar (can be normal sugar or organic sugar! no artificial, no diet sweetener, no sweetener, just sugar!!!!! no honey either!!!!!!) with one (1) tablespoon of water! stir until sugar dissolves!!!!

  • put sugar water on plate or spoon for bee!
    give to bee! put bee on clean parts of plate or hold spoon near bee! if bee gets stuck in sugar water, use paper to help them get unstuck!

  • let bee drink and rest!!!!!

  • can put a bowl / plate / container of sugar water outside for other bees!!!!! use same two to one (2:1) or three to one (3:1) ratio for mix!!!!!