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Misadventures in Beekeeping

As a beekeeping supplier, any feedback on the products we manufacture and sell is considered and appreciated. We are happy to answer questions and appease concerns our customers may have about keeping bees as well as provide information customers need to become successful beekeepers. We provide multiple avenues where customers may pose questions and concerns to our friendly and helpful staff. Apprehensions such as the ones relayed to our staff, have resulted in mistakes. To further aid our customers, we are creating a new section in our E-flier where we will delve into the beekeeping misadventures. We are turning to you to help by providing information on mistakes made in your beekeeping experiences. We all make mistakes; we are hoping that others may learn from sharing these mistakes. Each month we will select a winning entry and publish the information provided in the subsequent E-flier. The winner will receive 10% off their next order.

Entries must be submitted to info@brushymountainbeefarm.com with “Misadventures in Beekeeping” in the subject line. Please include a day time phone number at where you may be reached, should you be chosen as the winner.

My Honey Room Was Robbed

I’m sure that you have seen or heard of a hive that is preparing to swarm. Imagine that number of bees inside your honey room!

We had a customer tell us about how he pulled off five honey supers late one evening and stacked them inside his honey room with the intent to extract them the very next day. As he was walking to his honey room the next day he noticed a mass of bees on the inside of his honey room window. Upon closer inspection, he noticed a “swarm” of bees inside his honey house robbing the honey supers he had stored the previous day. He bravely opened his honey room to access the situation and attempt to cease the robbing. During an inspection of his honey room, a small opening in the roof was used by the bees to enter his honey room.

The smell of the honey drew them in and they weren’t leaving without taking every bit they could. He suited up and started going through the top honey super to see how bad they were robbing him out. They appeared to be robbing out the top honey super with a few bees further down. He removed the top super and placed it outside the honey house to draw the bees out. He inverted an escape screen onto the remaining honey supers so the few bees that were left inside could escape but none would re-enter. After a few hours his honey house was cleared of bees. He rechecked his honey house for any other entrances. Lesson learned.
Secure your honey room!