Archive for May, 2012

  • Freebee’s

    Date: 2012.05.19 | Category: General | Response: 0

    Here is an interesting video that was shared by member Dan Dekeyzer.  He was lucky enough to get a swarm that was on the ground, he placed a box next to the swarm and they marched in.  No work, no fuss… just FREE BEES.  I shortened the video so I could put it in this post, but you will get the idea… click the link below.

    Dan’s Bees

  • Pollen Program

    Date: 2012.05.18 | Category: General | Response: 0

    Bee with pollen saddlebag. Photo from keeping-honey-bees.comThank you Virginia Webb!  We really appreciate your dynamic presentation and the opportunity to meet you and learn about pollen.

    If you are a member, and did not attend the meeting, you missed out… and we talked about you.  Well, maybe we didn’t talk about you per se… but we did talk about varroa mites…  ha ha

    A very educational evening it was, indeed.  I can now correctly answer the question asked in the last post, which was, “What is the difference between bee pollen and regular plant pollen?”  Well, the pollen you see floating in the air in the Spring is mostly pollen from one source.  Here in the Chattahoochee Valley, Spring pollen season is made up mostly of Pine pollen.  Plant pollen is defined as the individual tiny particles and so the airborn pollen is a large quantity of pollen, but really only from a few different plants.  On a bee, when they pack on the pollen, they have literally visited 200 – 500 different blossoms from numerous different plant sources.  This pollen is carried on their back legs back to the hive, but has not been altered… yet.  It has only been collected and sort-of compressed into a comparatively enormous bundle of tiny pollen particles.  So, bee pollen, is actually concentrated, diversified plant pollen.  Remember, bee pollen is still bee pollen when it is collected by the beekeeper “at the door” of the hive, straight from the field into the pollen trap.  Once bee pollen is taken into the hive, it is changed into things like bee bread or propolis, which are completely different, and another discussion entirely.

    For everyone’s benefit, Virginia demonstrated several types of pollen traps and also ran a batch of pollen through her pollen cleaner.  She discussed several benefits from eating bee pollen and everyone was eager to give it a try.  Samples to taste were passed around, and a few lucky winners were allowed to keep the remainder of the batch.  Thank you, Virginia, for travelling the distance and for your willingness to share information and encouragement.

  • May Meeting – What’s it all about?

    Date: 2012.05.01 | Category: Announcement | Response: 1

    It’s May, and FYI – we are having a meeting on the 14th!  If you happen to know everything there is to know about bee pollen, then you are qualified to assist Georgia Master Beekeeper – Virginia Webb, our guest speaker.  In all honesty, Ms. Webb’s qualifications are as long as my arm and include winning the title of best honey in the world – twice!   On Monday, however, her focus will be on bee pollen.  Pollen has always been a rather mysterious item. What’s the difference between what you collect in the hive and regular plant pollen?  Currently, I can’t tell you the correct answer to that.  I do know, however, that you can buy bee pollen in granules, pills and capsules, but that is about the extent of my knowledge on this highly nutritious, teeny, tiny… speck.  I’ve read that with water, the human body can survive on bee pollen alone.   I don’t want to test the truth in that, but you’ve got to admit – a statement like that is nothing… to sneeze at.  The market for this type of product is increasing and you may want to tap into that market – it is, rather like a bonus product.  Knowledge is key, and both you and I will learn something on Monday, guaranteed.  Ms. Webb will cover stuff like collecting, cleaning and selling bee pollen, types of pollen traps, types of pollen, benefits of pollen, and grading pollen – for starters.  So, bring your questions and take the mystery out of this product.  If you already collect pollen, bring a sample, and see what a master beekeeper thinks of what you produce.  Check out Virginia and Carl Webb’s Mountain Honey website here: http://www.mtnhoney.com/about.htm

    Remember, we will also be discussing our own new website.  Go ahead, offer your two cents worth of advice, everyone else will!  (We never turn down a donation. – ha ha)

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