We still have heat!

Dec 4th and all 3 hives in my back yard are producing heat! Did you know the honey bee is the only insect that keeps its temperature elevated during winter!?

Wow….where did March, April, May, and June go!!??

Well I have now learned the hardest part of setting up a website….is going to be posting to it.

The last 4 months have been a whirlwind.  Beekeeping has been great!  The wet Spring has lead to some amazing flowers and what seems to bee gallons of nectar.  My 4 hives are all doing great!  I have a total of eight honey supers on right now!

I caught 2 swarms this spring.  One of them I combined with a weaker colony of mine and the other one I donated to the Idaho Botanical Garden.

I am also managing the 6 Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club hives at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center.  As I hopefully get more time I hope to post more about the neat activities we have going on up there.

In the upcoming weeks stay tuned.  It was finally warm enough that I spun out the beautiful amber honey from the Fall and will be ready to start selling it soon!  This is the good stuff if you have Fall allergies! I will also be posting information about wax, dog paw and nose cream, and lip balm prices.

My 2017 honey harvest is going to start the first week of August so expect to see information and pricing!

Most importantly thank you for being patient with the website.  This business thing is all new and still a hobby!  I appreciate everybody support!



Spring has sprung in Boise!

One of the beekeepers in the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club keeps track of the first blooms noticed in the Treasure Valley. It is the Silver Maple and it they started to bloom this last week!  Time to get to work!

First Blooms – Treasure Valley

  • 20 Feb 2008 
  • 18 Feb 2009 
  • 31 Jan 2010 
  • 13 Feb 2011 
  • 05 Feb 2012 
  • 23 Feb 2013 
  • 16 Feb 2014 
  • 18 Jan 2015 
  • 05 Feb 2016
  • 16 Feb 2017

Beekeeping time commitments

Are you thinking about keeping bees?  Curious how much time it will take? Using statistics from the December 2016 copy of the American Bee Journal I have done the math to give some a ballpark time commitments.  I am saying it will take a hobbyist beekeeper 20 min per hive, sideline beekeeper 12 min per hive and a commercial beekeeper 8 min per hive.

As far as season length I am going to approximate spring and summer as 94 days, fall and winter as 88 days.  Keep in mind weather also plays a factor with the bugs…most hobbyists do not work during wind/rain/snow.  The commercial guys do.  They cannot afford the time to not.  This is just time going through hives.  It does not include meetings, conferences, finances, and equipment (ie building new hives).

Hobby Beekeepers (10 colonies)
Spring: 3.3 hours every 7-10 days
Summer:  3.3 hours every 2-3 weeks
Fall: 3.3 hours every 4-6 weeks
Winter: 3.3 hours every 6-8 weeks
80 hours over the year (1.5 hours a week average)
8 hours total per colony

Sideline Beekeepers (250 colonies)
Spring: 50 hours every 7-10 days
Summer:50 hours every 2-3 weeks
Fall: 50 hours every 4-6 weeks
Winter: 50 hours every 6-8 weeks
1300 hours over the year (25 hours per week average)
5.2 hours total per colony

Commercial Beekeepers (700 colonies)
Spring:  95 hours every 7-10 days
Summer:  95 hours every 2-3 weeks
Fall: 95 hours every 4-6 weeks
Winter: 95 hours every 6-8 weeks
2500 hours over the year (48 hours a week average)
3.5 hours total per colony

Comb life.

If you have not watched this video that National Geographic put out showing a bee’s life from egg to adult do it now!  It is one of my favorites!  See if you can spot the Verroa mite!