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Admiring the swarm that she helped me to catch as they get all settled in their new home.
#treatmentfreebeekeeping #naturalbeekeeping #earthmuffinapiary #foundationlessbeekeeping #beeswarm #youngbeekeeper
This is the hive we call “nectar” (my 4 year old names them 😂) she is doing great, amazing brood pattern, no signs of swarming and we now have 4 of the 10 frames started in the honey super! #honeyforme #foundationlessbeekeeping
We let our bees act like 2 year old children: “I do it myself!!!”😊. #foundationless #foundationlessbeekeeping #naturalbeekeeping #langstroth #earthmuffinapiary
Bee bridge! 🐝🌉
Beekeeping in the Rose City! Swarm season is starting to slow here, but we know much of the country is going strong. Stay tuned for a swarm kit giveaway this week and start tagging your swarm pics today with #beebuilt and #aperfectswarm to enter, now through Sunday! at Portland, Oregon
🐝Sheraton Keahou Market today!! 🤙Buzz by to see us!! @t_wellingtoniii thanks for visiting the bees!! 🌋 #kona #beeboys #sheraton #keahou #farmersmarket #islandmade #madewithaloha #certifiednaturallygrown #offgrid #beekeeping #foundationlessbeekeeping #beeswaxcandles #pillarcandles #rawhoney #combhoney #treatmentfreebeekeeping #naalehu #beethechange #beegan #beek #sustainability #pollination #christmasberryhoney #wilelike #hawaiianbeekeepers #savethebees #savetheworld at Sheraton Kona
We transferred some bees out of a swarm trap and into their permanent home yesterday and were pleased to spot not only plenty of good-lookin’ brood, but the “momma bee”, as Jubilee calls it! It’s been a fun year in the apiary. We came out of winter with three hives. Three hives that have never, ever been treated or fed or given foundation. Those three hives have put out some really strong swarms and God was kind and let us catch all but two of them. (We count those other two as a nice contribution to our neighborhood😊). We now have 12 hives in the bee yard!!!! Earthmuffin Apiary is in full swing! Such a fun hobby and one God uses to teach me about His wisdom and creativity and intelligence every single time I even get close to a hive.
#lovethybees #treatmentfreebeekeeping #savethebees #foundationlessbeekeeping #topbarbeekeeping
This is a frame from my failing hive that I did not successfully requeen last time I tried. I had made some big time rookie mistakes that I really hope I didn’t repeat today! One of the mistakes was that I didn’t get rid of the emergency queen cells. And this right here is an emergency queen cell. The reason I don’t want these bees to make their own queen is honestly a lot of reasons. A) the hive doesn’t have any young brood and a Virgin queen they make will have to be raised and then she has to leave for her mating flight which all takes some time before she can lay eggs and this hive does not have a lot of time for that. B) the queen they make will have questionable genetics—I wish this wasn’t the case and if it was a wild hive I’d probably just let them make their own queen and see what happens but I want these bees to have a good queen that has been bred to manage diseases and current issues the bee population faces. C) I want to get experience in every aspect of beekeeping and this is a part of it. Send some good vibes our way so this queen doesn’t get eaten like the last one 😫
Honey super is on! What I’m excited about most of all of this is we will have food stores for these little bee-bees should they need some heading into fall! 🤙🏻🐝🍯
Fresh drawn comb on foundationless frames. Great job girls! Nice straight comb. This is an outside frame so they will fill it with nectar and some pollen, as opposed to the frames in the middle of the hive that have larvae, capped brood and emerging baby bees. Notice the bigger bees. These are drones/the boy bees. They do not forage for nectar or pollen and do not have a stinger. They do contribute their DNA to the Queen bee, if she chooses them. 😊
#happybees #honeybees #drones #dna #honeycomb #nectar #hobby #foundationlessbeekeeping #beekeeping #nectar #pollen #honey #comb #drawncomb at Billings, Montana
Congratulations to Hilary, owner of @girlnextdoorhoney for her feature in @vogue !! Spreading the good word and doing the good work! Sweet stuff indeed! #goforthandbee #beesfirst #naturalbeekeeping at Portland, Oregon
Very excited to be offering this cut comb honey from our bees. Our bees are totally treatment free; no chemicals, no sugar water. This comb is from foundationless frames, meaning all of the wax is made by our bees with no strip of commercial foundation wax. Also, it’s delicious!
Pure honey straight from the hive.
I will have it for sale tomorrow at @riverhillranch for their grand reopening and can drop some off in Berea on the way up. I will also have it for sale on farm. If I have any left I will ship some if you pay shipping costs.
#rawhoney #rawhoneycomb #foundationlessbeekeeping #naturalhoney #combhoney #naturalbeekeeping
Thanks to renowned natural beekeeper Michael Bush for sharing these pictures from his 2018 Bee Camp at Bush Farms! We’re proud to have our hives represented in his apiary. For more information, check out bushfarms.com. 📷 Joseph DeMarzo
Nice job, ladies 👌🏼
There are so many flowers blooming at the coast right now. I wish I could have brought my bees on our mini vacay!
Tiny bumble!! 💜 at Lincoln City, Oregon
Bees and native pollinators make very good use of the pollen from mint that's flowered, and today is National Mint Julep Day! Whether it's a Julep, or honey & mint iced tea or lemonade, they're all refreshing cool-downs after hive inspections or swarm catching! Take a look at our recent blog post (link in bio) to learn more about using the fresh honey from your bees in honey beverages! 📷 John Baker
Sheraton Keahou Market & Kings Shop Waikoloa Market TODAY! #beeboys #foundationlessbeekeeping #buylocal #beethechange #savethebees #bigisland #hawaii #farmersmarket #knowyourfarmer #aloha #beegan #beeks #combhoney #combbuilding #foundationlessbeekeeping #certifiednaturallygrown #mhalomeli #meli #alohakau #Waikoloa #sheraton #keahou #kona #soluckywelivehawaii at Bee Boys
Queenspotting! J/k. Taking it easy on you all, on this Tuesday posing as a Monday... make like a queen bee and get busy! #goforthandbee #beesfirst #foundationlessbeekeeping #beebuilt Photo: Joseph DeMarzo at San Antonio, Texas
Those big beautiful drone eyes. They’re I guess for spotting the virgin queens. 🤷🏻♀️The drones don’t do a whole lot other than mate with the queen so it’s kind of annoying I have so many in my hives (they take up a lot of resources and don’t pollinate anything) but I have also read it’s a sign the colony is doing well.
If you read my last post then you know I’m feeling really down about my recent requeening failure. But on a better note, here’s a pic I took with an amazing lens that was gifted to me. You win some and you lose some. This is a big win. 👌🏼✨
Hap-bee Memorial Day! We hope everyone is having a nice day with family and friends, remembering individuals who have served. Waggle with your colony and enjoy the beauty of the day!
I am a big fan of all pollinators. And I looove hummingbirds. They’re the cutest!
Nectar flow on? Boxes are in stock and shipping within 2 business days! Get it lickety-split!
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Need a brush up on how to install a bee package? Check out our handy how-to video (link in bio) for pointers on a super smooth bee package install!
Warm spring and summer temperatures have us using fresh honey in everything from salad dressings to drinks! We interviewed master #mixologist Peter Vestinos, partner at @SparrowChicago and owner of The Bar Medic, about how to best use honey in drinks and #cocktails. (link in bio) #mixology #honey #drinks #sweetsweetnectar #sparrowchicago #thevestinosmethod
The slow crawl til Friday! We're nearly there! Forage now, relax later. Beekeepers - spring swing is in effect! All hives and boxes in stock and ready to ship! #beesfirst #goforthandbee #beebuilt #beeline at Portland, Oregon
Inspected the beehive today and am happy to report the bees are building comb on the foundationless frame beautifully!
#beekeeping #bees #naturalbeekeeping #foundationless #foundationlessbeekeeping #beesknowbest
I’ve got newbie-beekeeper knuckles. I’ve been stung on the hands 10 times in 2 days. And yes.. I know .. I need to wear leather gloves or at least try nitrile (next thing I try). The latex is clearly not a big enough deterrent for these angry girls. However!!! I tried those stupid leather gloves today and it was the hardest thing in the world. I couldn’t pick up the frames and when I did I would drop them over and over again🙄😩. I squished waaay more bees that I would have with the other gloves too. Anyway.. just had to vent for a sec 😅
I bought a new queen for a hive I have that is failing. I have gone back and forth on whether or not to do this for a long time because I felt terrible about killing the existing queen. BUT, I definitely think I made the right decision. The queen had not been laying eggs and the colony was building comb at a glacier pace. Compared to the other hives this hive was just.. sucking. Ugh, sad. Anyway, things happen. I’ve read it’s common to have a failing queen. It’s just another one of the million and a half problems that beekeepers and bees face. The new queen I introduced, if she is accepted, will start her own line of genetics, so all the eggs she lays will have stronger genes than the bees from the existing colony. She was bred in Northern Cali for disease resistance and good temperament. I’m excited to see if she’s accepted and if she is, how the colony then grows. So back to the requeening—this is what I did: I opened the hive and inspected for eggs on the frames.. no new eggs, just sealed brood. I then searched for the queen and when I found her I grabbed her and smooched her between my finger and thumb. I thought for months that I would be so upset doing that but it occurred to me that this whole hive will die if it is not requeened. She is not laying eggs so they will literally all die in a couple months, end of story. So really, I killed one bee to save thousands. Shit’s not black and white, guys. I thought I could be the sweetest beekeeper and do no wrong but that’s just not the way the cookie crumbles. After I killed her I put the new queen, within her cage, inside the hive, pinched between two frames. The white thing you see in the cage is a candy cork. The colony will slowly eat away at that cork until they get to their new queen and if they like her, they won’t kill her. As they say in A Bug’s Life, “its a bug eat bug world out there, princess..” 👸🐝🐝🐝
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Allowing bees to build natural comb, without plastic foundations (a template for comb building) gives them the freedom to build tunnels. These passageways enable bees to move more easily through the hive. This can mean the difference between survival and starvation in the cold winter months when it is more difficult for them to move.
#naturalbeekeeping #naturalcomb #foundationlessbeekeeping #beesknowbest
This is some of the comb I removed. I’m making a lot of mistakes as I go but I am dedicated to these little creatures. And no matter the outcome I am going to keep on keeping on. 80% of beekeepers quit the first year. Eek. That’s a lot of quitters. I’m not going to be one of them, though I’ll admit I totally get why they quit. It’s hard, it’s disappointing, it’s an incredibly enormous amount of information to take in and on top of it all—you’re going to get stung whether you like it or not. I remember feeling so miserable when I got stung just once!! Now I’m miserable if I can’t use my hands because they are so swollen from multiple stings. And yes—if I had more experience I would get stung less but I can’t get there without putting in the time. Also the reason I get stung is I use latex gloves instead of leather gloves. The bees typically won’t sting the latex but because I’m pulling out honeycomb they are sticking to my fingers and getting squished so they have no choice but to sting me. I have leather gloves I’ve never used because they’re so bulky but I’m tempted to use them today.
An example of a #foundationless frame (medium size in a deep brood box). I run all of my hives foundationless, meaning I don't put plastic foundation in the frames for bees to build on. All comb is made from scratch just the way nature, as I interpret it, intended. As a small backyard beekeeper, I can manage my hives this way without issue. I believe it's best when possible to let the bees decide what size cells to build and how to fill the frames. ➡ Swipe to see what some of the cells contain. 🐝 If you have questions about foundationless beekeeping or backyard beekeeping send me a message! 🙋 #backyardbeekeeping #jax #jacksonville #jacksonvillebeach #jaxbeach #igersjax #urbanbeekeeping #foundationlessbeekeeping at Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Today was tough— the ladies ignored my frame guides and made a mess of everything. I cleaned up 2 hives the best I could and got my hands stung 4 times in the process. 😭 they were sooooo mad. Lesson learned: bees won’t use comb guides when it’s an empty box. They’ll just build bottom up to stay close to the lower brood box. 😅 at Dundee, Oregon
Extra boxes at the ready, nectar flow is ON! In Portland, our main nectar flow is blackberry, and the blackberry blooms are are going gangbusters! What is the main nectar flow where you are? 🐝🌼🌲 #goforthandbee #beesfirst #naturalbeekeeping #beebuilt at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
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Sometimes #foundationlessbeekeeping goes the way you want, sometimes it doesn't. That's why you'll need rubber bands and weekly inspections as a package builds without any guides (foundation, other combs or stater strips)
#aroundthebeehive #treatmentfreebeekeeping #cutcomb at Rocky View County, Alberta
I got to show off my hives to my beautiful friends today. I look up to these two big time—they’re smart, fearless and just good humans. 😌 It’s so fun to have people that share the bee love. Second picture is me, 7 months pregnant. 🤰🏻😅 #savethebees #fearlesswomen #womanbeekeeper
Beekeeping experiment: Drone trapping in a foundationless hive... it works great! Hardly any drone brood elsewhere in hive. Hey chickens, ya hungry? 🐔🐛🐓🐝 #urbanfarmlife #dronetrapping #foundationlessframes #foundationlessbeekeeping
Thanks, Gabe L.! "My overall experience with this (Warre Hive) is great. Same with all the other items I have got from bee built. Easy to assemble directions were easy to follow. Very fast delivery. Staff at bee built answered all my questions I had. Great overall experience. Will definitely be ordering my beekeeping supplies from bee built in the future. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" (link in bio and image) #goforthandbee #beebuilt #beesfirst at Portland, Oregon
Thanks, Logan R.! "Really glad that Bee Built offers a great selection of wood ware and other gear! I've gotten almost all my wood ware and many of my hive tools from them. The window models of the Deep Langstroth are wonderful for myself and my children. With my new package I can look inside to see how the bees are doing and both of my sons can really get into the bees because they get to just "go look inside." The corner joints are a really great design compared to the standard ones." 🌲🐝👌Link to the hive in bio! #goforthandbee #beesfirst #beebuilt
Here is newly built comb from a colony installed just days before. We like to check new colonies shortly after installation to make sure comb is being drawn straight. You can see that as soon as comb is made, it's filled up with nectar! Bees will build multiple combs at once, side by side. 🍯 #goforthandbee #beesfirst #foundationlessbeekeeping #waxonwaxoff at Portland, Oregon
See the red dot on the back of the queen in the cage? Some bee breeders and package makers mark their queens with a different color each year so beekeepers can keep track of how old they are. Of course, if your hive swarms, they will take the mated, marked queen with them and you will be left with the unmarked virgin queen. (And, be aware, your bees *will* swarm!) For this reason, queen marking isn't entirely necessary for most hobbyist beekeepers. 🐝🍯🌲 #goforthandbee #beebuilt #beesfirst #youreakeeper at Portland, Oregon
It’s hard to wait for hive checks. I just wanna see so bad!! 😫 #beekeeper #beekeeping #beekeepers #beeks #bumblebees #honeybees #honeycomb #queenbee #drone #apiary #beeyard #rawhoney #naturalbeekeeping #foundationlessbeekeeping #nature_photo #savethebees #pollination #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #beekeeperslife #beekeepersofinstagram #waxcomb #beeswax #ilovebees #organicliving #sustainability #pollen #royaljelly #amateur #beephotography
Wouldn’t it be nice if bees took over the world instead of pesky humans? 🤷🏻♀️ #beekeeper #beekeeping #beekeepers #beeks #bumblebees #honeybees #honeycomb #queenbee #drone #apiary #beeyard #rawhoney #naturalbeekeeping #foundationlessbeekeeping #nature_photo #savethebees #pollination #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #beekeeperslife #beekeepersofinstagram #waxcomb #beeswax #ilovebees #organicliving #sustainability #pollen #royaljelly #slomo #beephotography at Dundee, Oregon
Spot the drone 🎯
I noticed today, looking through my pictures , just how many bees were staring at me. God they’re cute 😫💓 at Maresh Red Barn Tasting Room
That’s a big load of pollen. I don’t know how the hell she was flying around with her pollen baskets so full. 💪🏼 at Dundee, Oregon
That new comb is so dreamy. It’s the bees’ saliva that turns it yellow, brown and then almost black as time goes on. 🍯 at Dundee, Oregon
Beautiful day for enjoying flora + fauna, beautiful day for #beekeeping ! 😍🐝👌🏽🌷
#goforthandbee #naturalbeekeeping #foragers #beesfirst at Oxbow Regional Park
Found one of my girls in the rhododendron bush. 💪🏼 Get it gurl. at Dundee, Oregon
Slo-Mo of the bees. They seem really clumsy, makes me laugh. There’s even a collision in there somewhere of a bee with lots of pollen on her legs. Honeybees aren’t actually that clumsy, they’re the opposite—they are carefully planning their landing. They think a lot which doesn’t seem possible, but it is! I’ve read that they are much like humans but with a fraction of our brain cells. Basically simplified tiny humans with wings. I should start referencing stuff so you don’t think I’m talking out of my ass, but that seems like too much work. 🌸🐝
This is pretty cool— I found a dwarf honeybee in my dogs water bowl today and grabbed her before she drowned. I can’t say with 100% certainty that this is a dwarf honeybee but I’m definitely 99% sure. The orange stuff is all the pollen she rubbed off of her legs. You could tell it was preventing her from flying because once she dried her wings she started focusing on breaking off the pollen and then once she got enough off, she zoomed away. This is my first time seeing one and it was pretty fascinating. She’s about a third of the size of my regular honeybees. Probably one of the most special parts of beekeeping so far is that fact that once you start learning about bees you begin to appreciate all pollinators and also what they eat. Not all flowers are good pollinator flowers. That’s why you don’t see bees on roses or hydrangeas but you’ll see tons of bees on lavender or rhododendrons. Bees are practically harmless unless they feel threatened by you so if your not too nervous to attract bees then you should plant pollinator flowers in your garden and stop using herbicides on your grass. Also, dandelions are good pollinators if that helps you make your decision about herbicides. 😉
This is a random fun fact about bees.. you need to give them water! And the way you do it is to fill a dish with rocks or something that they can stand on while they drink because they’ll drown if you don’t. I used some shallow ceramic baking dishes that my husband doesn’t use and then put the marbles and rocks that my fish tanks used to have and voila! Perfect little watering hole for the gals. If you have a lot of honeybees, bumblebees, or even mason bees around your house you should do this too! Surprisingly some hives will drink ALL the water in less than a day. This was not something I was anticipating having to do but hey, we all need H2O. 💧 at Dundee, Oregon
I never liked how invasive blackberry bushes were until I got bees. Now I can’t wait for the damn things to blossom!🌿🌸 at Dundee, Oregon
The other day one of my hives decided to swarm. (That's when about half of the bees decide to leave to make new home somewhere.) In perhaps my proudest beekeeping moment to date, I was able to knock them off a tree limb into a box (nope, didn't almost fall off the step ladder, it was totally under control, I swear.) I then placed them into their new home, bringing my hive count to 4 :)
I love this hive. For whatever reason it’s the only one I feel comfortable sitting right beside without any of my gear on. I’ve not been stung by this hive.. yet! And it’s very very active. More so than my others. I’ve been told it’s pretty normal nowadays to lose about half of your hives during the winter and I really hope this isn’t one of them!
The girls are fanning. I guess this is to get airflow into the hive but I’ve also heard that it pushes out the smell of the hive so the field bees can smell their way home. Comment if you know any other reasons they do this! —I love bees. But I’ll admit beekeeping is no easy thang. I have the utmost respect for beekeepers (except commercial beekeepers who have no love for their bees). I just can’t believe what a rollercoaster it’s already been. There is so so much to learn! So many things that can go wrong. I love it and I want nothing more than to keep trucking, no matter what obstacles I face. Beekeeping is selfless af and again so.much.respect for beekeepers. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
Busy as bees! A few pics from the mill -- Meghan amongst the wood piles, and how baby comb joints are born! Buzzy! 🌻🐝🌷 #goforthandbee #beebuilt #fsccertified #wemillrockyou at Portland, Oregon
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This is my only hive that’s not kicking ass. Since I’m a new beekeeper I think I’ve bothered this hive waaaay too much and put it under a lot of stress. I thought about requeening it but I think that I just need to leave it alone for a while. It has some signs of chalkbrood and sacbrood 😥. If these ladies can’t clean up their act with some time away from my meddling hands then I’ll requeen later. Gotta let them bee! 💛 #liveandlearn
Wondering about Warre Hives? Warre beekeepers are by far the most die-hard, cult-y beekeepers, for good reason. Warres are wonderful to work with and considered the most natural hive shape when compared with the cavities wild bees choose to live in. They are the most hands off and give bees a very natural experience. Read more on on Buying Your First Warre Hive education page! (Link in bio)
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Curious about becoming a Top Bar beekeeper but unsure of where to start? Read our Buying Your First Top Bar Hive page to find out what's involved in Top Bar beekeeping and getting started. Top Bars hives are easy to work in, the most hands-on, and don't require the heavy lifting involved with box style hives. #goforthandbee #beebuilt #naturalbeekeeping
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I love seeing the brood. Any other insects brood I just think of as nasty maggots but these little ones I’m very happy to see 😻
My bee yard 🐝🐝🐝
Everybody is working hard. 💪🏼 look at that queen go! 👸
Flying into Langstroth beekeeping this year? Read up on key considerations when Buying Your First Langstroth Hive over on our education page! Langstroths are the most widely used hives, and therefore have the most resources and mentors available for them. #goforthandbee #beesfirst #naturalbeekeeping
Didn't spot the queen today 🐝 but lots of larve. They have straightened out the comb and are growing their hive beautifully 💛🖤 #drone #workerbees #brood #foundationlessbeekeeping #beekeeper #gratitude #itsthesimplethings #flowhive at Healdsburg, California
That air traffic ✈️
Spot the gorgeous queen 🖤🖤🖤
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