November is upon us and as we give thanks for all the year has brought us, we remind you to be thankful for your bees and make them thankful for you too. The most difficult time for bees is winter. Honeybees do not fly in temperatures below 65℉, the can't fly at night or in the rain and generally the shorter days in Winter provide fewer daylight hours and temperatures colder than the bees need to fly. While the girls do kick out all the drones for the season to reduce work and consumption of food stores, they themselves must consume food to heat the hive to comfortable warmth for the queen and the core of the hive. They do need water to dilute the honey stores some and you may see bees on the porch collecting the morning dew and checking the weather.
The best way to help our bees, put solid bottom boards on your hives or insert beetle trays below your screens to help conserve internal heat. Time to assure your telescoping tops are rain tight and an inner cover is needed to protected from propolis gluing down the cover sides. Mite strips or other mite treatment is key this time of year. Mites carry al the disease and virus harmful to bees and the bees use a great deal of energy heating the hive, stuck inside the illness can spread from bee to bee easily and if you over harvested honey food stores the bees will also be in danger of starvation. So, put a might strip in every box of the hive and prepare to feed if you harvested. HoneyBee Healthy contains many additives to strengthen your bee health for Spring, but natures natural store of honey is the best.
The farm store at Beefield is open daily by appointment and located at 8279 Stilson Leefield Road just east of Statesboro and north of Brooklet. See this Map for directions. We provide services to local beekeepers in Savannah, Statesboro, Lyons, Springfield, and Hilton Head. Deliveries of merchandise can be made at no additional cost to members of the local clubs at monthly meetings with a prior telephone arrangement.
Members of the Beaufort Jasper Beekeepers Association in South Carolina: We gladly accept pre-orders by telephone and and by arrangement bring those orders repackaged for delivery.
The two newest Georgia Beekeepers Association clubs are the Altahama Beekeepers Association meeting in Lyons and the Effingham Beekeepers meeting at Fellowship Bible Church on Old Dixie highway north of Springfield. If these clubs are near you it is a great way to share the joy of beekeeping.
In an effort to protect beekeepers who purchase our products Beeutiful Bees has adopted the policy of "no returns" on frame foundation and woodenware. Honeybees can be poisoned and these poisons cannot be seen. We want to guarantee our customers that the products they receive are free from any harmful elements and in this way we can be sure we have given you only the finest equipment.
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)