Save the Bees- Become a Beekeeper
Our new class schedule has been determined
Beginning Beekeeping Classes- February 17th, March 17th
Hive Management Classes- March 3rd, March 31st
Other Classes will be added if we have enough people interested in attending.
Be sure to check out our online Store to see what products we have available. https://www.dandjapiary.com/Home.jsp
Nuc and Queen lists have been started
Although we don’t have an exact schedule yet, we are planning for Nucs and Queens to be available for early Spring. We are doing everything in our power to have them available as early as possible, however, Mother Nature has the final say in the timing. We have started the lists for reservations, so be sure to call the office and claim your spot.
We’re back Online!!
The new shopping cart is up and running!!!! It took longer than expected, but hopefully you will find it to be a better setup than before. There are still a few background details to iron out, but give it a look and tell me what you think. Should you encounter any issues with the site or the Store, please call the office so that we can get them resolved. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
VFD Process Simplified!
The University of Florida Veterinary Feed Directive system is online and active. If you need antibiotics for your bees this is required to purchase antibiotics, or a prescription from your veterinarian, or Beekeeeping supplier. When you fill out the form, you will have to choose which medication you want to use, and how you will apply it. If you are purchasing from us, the only product we are currently able to supply is Oxytetracycline ( Terra-Pro ). You will need to choose the drop down box for Oxytetracycline- dusting using powdered sugar mix. Feel free to call us with any questions.
Here is theLink https://www.honeybeevfd.com
Cooler Weather, That’s for sure!
Well, I told you guys I was hoping for cooler weather, and we definitely got it! Based on those results I’m now hoping that we all win the lottery!
All kidding aside, we did get the cold weather that I feel is necessary to reset that natural balance that we need in Beekeeping in order to have a successful Spring! This cold weather is beneficial to citrus, blueberries, and numerous other varieties of plants that the bees depend on for their food source. Now it’s up to us to manage our colonies accordingly to reap the rewards. Not sure how to do that? Sign up for one of our classes, and we’ll do our best to guide you through the process. Check out our Events page for the current class schedule, then call the office to get signed up.
Mite Check Tutorial
This is the critical time of year when the mite population can quickly out number your bee population if it goes unchecked. The most effective way of checking for mites is the Alcohol wash. Yes I know, it requires killing a sample of approximately 300 bees, however this is better than losing an entire hive to mite damage.
Below is a link to a video that explains the process. This particular video is from New Jersey but it gives an accurate explanation of the entire process. Video credit: Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association