Winter solstice has passed us and the days are growing longer now. Here in the south that means your queen has probably started laying eggs in preparation for Spring. Weather here has been 'weird' with temperatures in the 80℉ range one day and dropping below freezing just 36 hours later. We urge you to feed your bees and provide a source of fresh water for bees to reconstitute their food stores when its warm (above 60℉) enough to make flight possible. Dandelions and red maple will be beginning to bloom in the next few weeks, key sources of pollen and nectar signaling Spring hive growth. Happy New Year to all our beekeepers!
Beeutiful Bees has a farm store open daily by appointment located at 8279 Stilson Leefield Road just east of Statesboro and north of Brooklet. We try to service local club members in Savannah, Statesboro, Lyons, Springfield, and Hilton Head. Deliveries of merchandise at no additional cost can usually be made to members of these clubs at monthly meetings by prior arragngement.
Members of the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association:
Oatland Island Education Center, this location does not permit our mobile storefront.
Members of all the clubs who are also customers may pre-order their needs by telephone and ask that they be brought to the meeting this way you will be able to purchase from us for those meetings. We prepackaged prior to club meetings for delivery only. We always welcome all members of CEBA to visit us here at Beefield, just call to confirm when. We do occasionally travel to Savannah during the week and can bring orders to a mutually friendly location.
Members of the Beaufort Jasper Beekeepers Association: We gladly accept pre-orders by telephone and and by arrangement bring those orders repackaged for delivery.
The two newest Georgia Beekeepers Association clubs, Altahama Beekeepers Association meeting in Lyons at Chatters and the Effingham Beekeepers meeting at Fellowship Bible Church on Old Dixie highway north of Springfield. We thank you for the invitations to attend.
In an effort to protect beekeepers who purchase our products Beeutiful Bees has adopted the policy of "no returns" on foundation and woodenware. Honeybees can be poisoned and these poisons cannot be seen. We want to guarantee our customers that the product they receive is free from any harmful elements and in this way we can be sure we have given you the finest equipment.
Bee Toxic Garden Plants Locally
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.
Colony Collapse Disorder is not a single ailment, but a culmination of several man made ecological disasters leading to the destruction of the pollinator. You see it is like Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or like drinking a cocktail of all sorts of chemicals, biologicals and other harmful agents. It might have been just one that finally got you, but they all weakened your condition to bring on the perfect storm. If it is designed to be insect resistant; remember a honey bee is an insect.
Farm Fresh Eggs
We have farm fresh eggs daily. See our price list and give us a call. We've got a new local number too! 912-842-BEES We quietly smile recognizing that we are all about "the birds and the bees" here at Beefield and in keeping with this we now offer farm fresh eggs daily. Certified Georgia egg candlers in 2014, we provide high quality eggs from our free range Americana, New Hampshire Red, Barr Rock, Brown Leghorn, mixed breeds of the above and even our Bantam chickens. Eggs come naturally in assorted colors and sizes and we offer the chance for your children to feed the hens while you shop for your bee supplies. Bring your carton for an exchange and save a quarter.
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!
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.
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.
Altamaha Beekeepers Association (Lyons)