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Kat and Dustin, K&D's Bees, at a vendor show. 2011.

Dustin picking up some new 3lb packaged bee boxes. These packages contain 1 queen, 3-5K honeybees and a jar of food.

Kat bottling the first honey bear in 2011.

Products of K&D's Honey Bees

A helper smoking the bees before opening the hive.

Checking bees with some more help.

Four hives on the Seward apiary location. Including Carniolan, Golden Italian and Minnesota Hygienic.

Winterization of Hives. Wrapping hive with roofing tarp, windbreak on North & West sides and a supplemental food source (Candy board).

Springtime floral sources are great for getting wax glands going.

Honeybees tasting simple syrup.

Honey bees fanning the pharamone when they were first installed in the Garland, Nebraska hive.

Queen bee will typically be the only egg laying bee within a hive. She will lay her body weight in eggs every day (approximately 1,200)!
*Best of Show in Bee Culture - photography 2012 at the Nebraska State Fair*

Uncapping honey supers in 2011

Honey bee brood pattern

Italian queen inside of a queen cage

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Kat's Flow Hive thoughts

by Kat Scholl on 03/04/15

Yes, I've seen this product. I'm hesitant and interested in learning more. With that said I've got a soapbox beekeeping moment:
I don't like posts like this. "<insert hobby or task here> just got easier..." 
Please keep in mind that only videos, interviews and some patents have been released about this magical honey extraction box. Lets think about this realistically, somehow the bees' home is disturbed to extract this honey. My main concern about a claim to make something easier (much like a diet pill) is the process that something must be compromised. 
You all know the honey is the honeybees main source of carbohydrates and is the fruit of the bees labor. Pulling that food away from the bees does compromise their long term colony health. When we extract the honey from our hives, we plan ahead to ensure we do not take too much and our colonies will survive winter.
I hope that there is good research behind this and there is not a sizable damage to the colony. My main fear is that people (general public) will view this as a 'easy way' to keep honey bees. There is not an easy way to keep bees. They are insects and essentially livestock that us humans attempt to control for our benefit (pollination, honey, pollen and propolis to name a few). 
***The important part***
My request to my friends and lovers of pollinators, flowers, fruits and veggies, honey and pollen and really anything that blooms in our world is to invest in your local pollinators. Plant flowers. Don't spray your weeds. If you must spray, please please please read the directions (most will say not to spray when the plant is in bloom). And to support the legislation in your local areas. There are plenty of states that are attempting to pass important changes that will help or hinder the native and non-native pollinators. If you've made it this far in my post, I thank you for taking the time and I hope you take the last section to heart. Thanks.


What are your thoughts about this new 'tool'?

January Events

by Kat Scholl on 01/15/15

The Nebraska Beekeepers Assocaition is having thier annual meeting on January 18th in Lincoln.  This is the annual election and scholarship presentation. 
RSVP to Jane Nelson by emailing valhallabeez@neb.rr.com or calling 402-261-3407.

Dustin and Kat will be traveling to Lawrence, KS to learn the trade of soapmaking and candle making during the weekend of January 24-25! 

2015 Beginning Beekeeping Short Course provided by UNL

by Kat Scholl on 01/15/15

Interested in beekeeping? Here's your one day short course for 2015. 
Keep in mind that your package bees will need to be ordered prior to this date. 

"A Beginning Beekeeping Short Course will be offered by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Christenson Agricultural Research Education Building near Mead, Nebraska. Directions to the meeting site can be found at http://ardc.unl.edu/direct.shtml . Registration is $40 and includes lunch, breaks and a workbook. To register send a check and your contact information to:

Jeri Cunningham
Department of Entomology
University of Nebraska
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816
402-472-2123
jcunningham1@unl.edu

Registrations must be received by Feb. 25, 2015. Instructors will include Marion Ellis, Erin Ingram, Natalia Bjorklund, Hershel Staats and Warren Nelson."

Univeristy of Nebraska- Lincoln; Beginning Beekeeping Short Course: http://entomology.unl.edu/beecourse.shtml