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Swarm Lure Giveaway – 5 days left!

Hello Everyone, I just want to remind everybody to get their names in for the swarm lure drawing that will be held on April 24th. In two clicks you can get your name in the drawing by simply joining the Survivor Bees Facebook Group.   Not only will your name be entered for […]


Close up picture of a red flower in the foreground with 5 swarm traps in the background.

Swarm Trap Update 4/12/17

Today I was able to get out and set up some swarm traps.  I set out five today and four a week ago. I wish I would have set these traps out a little earlier.  I am a little behind.  I would like to have 20 traps out by May. […]


Types of Beehives for Beekeeping

There are many types of beehives available to choose from.  One of the very first steps in becoming a beekeeper is choosing which type of beehive is best for you. Do not think that one hive is better for the bees than the others. The bees do not care what box […]


Keep it in the Hive: The Importance of Propolis

Proplis plays a critical role in keeping a hive of honeybees healthy.  Propolis is the superglue and medicine of the beekeeping world.  The bees use it to seal off entrances against intruders and to Inhibit fungal and bacterial growth.[1]  They even use it to envelop offensive contaminates such as mice […]


Video – How to Build a Beelining Box

This year I plan on doing a lot of swarm trapping.  I have a goal of having 10 hives by the end of the summer.  With that, I want to find some feral honey bee colonies with good genetics that I can place swarm traps around.  Check out my post on swarm trapping if you want to learn more about swarm trapping.

I want to catch swarms with survivor genetics. In my opinion, the strongest and healthiest colonies are ones that are actively reproducing through swarming.  In order to find these strong feral colonies, I plan on beelining.

If you want to learn more about beelining, visit my post on beelining.  The first thing that you need is a convenient way to capture, feed, and release honey bees.  The best way to do this is with a beelining box.

In this video, I will give a brief introduction and show how you can build a beeliningbox.  I am working on plans for this build and hope to have them up on this site soon.  The box I make in this video is a prototype build, but it gives a good idea of how you can design one yourself.  I am using it to design a box that will be easy for beekeepers with minimal woodworking tools to build.
 


Swarm Lure Giveaway

Win a FREE bottle of Swarm Commander Hello everyone, this is Steven Tervort.  I will be holding a drawing for a 2 oz. bottle of Swarm Commander’s swarm lure (a $30 dollar value).  I will draw names on 4/23/2017. This is just in time for the 2017 swarm season. There are several […]


The Problem with Mentors

If you are a new beekeeper, someone suggesting you get a mentor is not new to you.  In today’s article, I will be discussing my opinion of mentors for new beekeepers.  I will also discuss instances where having  a mentor is not beneficial. First, I want to say that when […]


Package Bees are Ordered!

I just placed my order with a local company for two package bees!  I am excited to get back into this fun and rewarding hobby. Those who follow my blog know that I took a 2 year break after moving into a new home and neighborhood.  It would have only […]


2017 Package Bee Prices

It is the 2017 beekeeping season, and I can’t believe the price of package bees! It has been two years since I have kept bees, and almost 4 years since I have bought a package of bees.  I can’t believe how much prices have increased. Last year, I did a […]