Bee Toxic Garden Plants Locally
Enter the Ides of March as February dims into history. If you are a beekeeper you are painfully aware of the destruction GMO crops are having on bees, but did you know that unwittingly the home owner and gardener is also killing your bees? Our friends over at the Pollinator Stewardship Council have provided us some resources. Read these Ten Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides. Click the button below for the complete report on toxic garden plants sold by companies like, Lowe's, Home Depot, and nursery suppliers nation wide. Speak out against the destruction caused by yet another genetically altered, pesticide infected living organism.
Order Your Bees, February 2014
Feed Your Bees
Happy Valentines Day to the Mrs. Beeutiful. We now stock sugar syrup! Visit us at Beefeld with your gallon containers and get syrup at a strength that creates a heavy syrup weighing eleven (11) pounds per fluid gallon. Visit the products page if you want to see our other beekeeping items too. Just in time for the OABA meeting!
Our friends over at B & G Honey Farm have made an announcement on Spring bees. You can place your orders now by calling or sending an e-mail to Mr. Bobby Colson. There are two Nucleus hive choices:
The first is a five (5) frame deep Nuc. The box is a wax corrugated plastic five frame. The cost is $130.00.
The second is a five (5) medium Nuc. The box is the traditional wooden Nuc. The Nuc is $120, plus an additional $25 if you keep the Nuc box.
Bobby asks for a $25 deposit for each Nuc, so give him a check at the next bee meeting.
The reason a beekeepers prefer the Nuc is because it is a true established colony of bees with a laying queen, brood, honey & pollen stores which increase the survivability of your new acquisition. Bobby's Nucs will be available as soon as we get a week of night time temperatures above 60℉.
Now the alternative to the Nuc is the package. A package of bees is traditionally three (3) pounds of bees (about 10,000 to 12,000 bees). The bees come in a wired box with a queen that is not the mother of the bees in the package, so she is separately packaged in a small queen cage. There may also be a small can of sugar water in the package to feed the bees in transit. CEBA has chosen to order a large quantity of packages for club members from Wilbanks in Claxton to achieve the greatest discount price. They now have fewer than 40 still available. Bees are on a first come, first paid deposit. To order your bee package(s) send an e-mail to Greg Stewart down Savannah way. Packages will be tentatively available for pickup on March 29th. First pick up location: Ottawa Farms, 702 Bloomingdale Rd, Bloomingdale, GA 31302
Sugar Water Feed
We now have pure cane sugar feed. The sugar syrup is about eleven (11) pounds at a gallon of water and will be made available to all club members for three dollars ($3) a gallon at Beeutiful Bees.
The notes that where here from 2013 about happenings here at Beeutiful Bees in Beefield have been archived, but you can read them by just following the link.
Beeutiful Bees is happy to announce that we are ready to meet your beekeeping supply needs for 2014. We have a good selection in wooden-ware, protective clothing, tools and bee supplements. We are also able to help with your honey harvest by providing fume boards, bee escapes, comb cutters, capping knives and more. We can bring your purchase to an Association meeting near you or you can choose to visit us at Beefield by appointment. We are just west of Statesboro and north of Brooklet. You can find us at a beekeeper association meeting locally in January, so look for us at CEBA, OABA or JBBA. You can also look for us with master Beekeepers and hobbyists, as well as the onlooker at the Fundamentals of Beekeeping at Oatland Island Wildlife Education Center, a branch of the Chatham County Public School system. February 22 will be an important date on the local beekeeping calendar. See the website for more details and join us at 711 Sandtown Rd, Savannah, GA 31410.
Part of our mission statement at Beeutiful Bees is education for "newbees" by putting them on the road to a lasting participation as a beekeeper. Keeping bees is quite a beneficial augmentation to any gardeners toolbox. Your gardeners toolbox will be a great addition to your life with the keeping of the amazing honeybee.
Just like honeybees add to your toolbox, we'd like to see you as part of a much larger toolbox by helping you become a tool in God's toolbox. We can do this through Beekeepers For Christ (BFC) who's mission is teaching sustainable apiary technique in third world countries like Uganda where a beekeeper can go and add a life changing experience through Christ and through beekeeping to natives on the African plateau.
The bees are having a difficult time in this part of Georgia, in part due to very erratic weather. Caution should be taken to assure your bees are warm and fed and that feeding does not result in any liquid dripping into the hive body as frozen water kills bees. In some southeast area queens have already begun laying or never stopped laying brood.
Every Blooming Thing
We've listened to you and now we need your action! We have started a journal of everything that blooms locally. It will only be successful with your input. Every Blooming Thing is a blog entry or journal entry that is open for your comments as we can update the list. Yes, you can get credit and even be location specific. Just go see what we've posted so far and start looking for blooms!
The FUNdementals of Beekeeping
On February 22nd the FUNdementals of Beekeeping was held at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah where about 70 beekeepers from near and far joined together for the second annual event to promote beekeeping and provide public education. We were there supplying the Spring needs of beekeepers.
Who are we?
Honey is the oldest sweetener known to man. From the bear squeeze jar on your breakfast table to the carboy of mead under the staircase honey surpasses the billions of gallons of high fructose corn sweetener plaguing everything you eat as a healthy alternative. Honeybees are becoming an endangered species as far as bugs go these days. Varroa mites, small hive beetles, wax moths, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Africanized invaders, insect resistant genetically modified foods (GMO), aerial spraying in farm fields, droughts and the number of dangers increases annually while bees continue to decline quickly. Here at Beeutiful Bees we try to manage bees in our care with a natural kindness like you might with your cat or dog.
Yes, we do have a photo gallery here at Beefield. You can even create a user ID and load one of your own. Be sure to share your uploads with friend by giving them the link to the page. Make sure you provide a date, place and description and bee'come a star poster.
Mark & Ruth Mettler are delighted to share with you the life of a beekeeper. The grumpy old bear and his honey can give you an international view of beekeepers. Ruth is from the UK and most Southerner's love to hear her speak. This also allows you to see that beekeeping is not only one of the oldest vocations, it is standardized throughout the world. We delight in sharing with you something that may be with you for the rest of your life.
Where are your bee boxes working?
At the present we only service a small area in SE Georgia for pollination, extractions and bee rescue. While you are out you can identify our Beeutiful Bees boxes easily, each box has this large easily seen bee.