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Boys of the Hive: All About Drones

Male honeybees, called drones, make up a very small population of a beehive.  This is largely because in the life of a honeybee, traditional gender roles are reversed! At the peak of the season, the average bee hive will contain about 100-200 drones.  They are considered very high maintenance and require being fed and cared…

The Buzz: Bee Venom

When you think of bees, your mind quickly jumps to a time you once got stung. Whether it was a traumatic event on the playground or a painful encounter in your garden, most people remember bee stings with painful clarity. While bee stings tend to be thought of negatively, there are many uses for bee…

Three Common Stress Factors for Honeybee Populations

By now I’m sure you have heard of the phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Starting around 2006, CCD was covered heavily across all media outlets. The disappearance of so many honeybees was very compelling, but perhaps even more compelling was the fact that the world’s leading scientists could offer no reason whatsoever for…

Five Things Everyone Should Know About Propolis

Savannah Bee is a honeybee company, a company that began with a single beehive. We use four important honeybee-produced ingredients to make Savannah Bee products – honey, royal jelly, beeswax and propolis. Although I love each and every one of these hive products, I find propolis particularly fascinating. Propolis is best described as a resin….

The Bee Cause Project – A Video Short

You probably know that here at Savannah Bee, we love honeybees. You also may know that we love educating our great customers about all things honeybee. If you ever make it out to the Savannah Bee store on Wilmington Island, we would love to take you on a Bee Garden tour. These tours are the…

Beekeeping Basics – Harvesting Honey

Greetings from Savannah Bee! The practice of beekeeping is amazing and rewarding in so many ways. Having said that, I think most beekeepers will agree that harvesting honey is one of the most fun and exciting parts of the honeybee year. Harvesting honey is special because it is the time when we get to collect…

Harvesting Honey and Murphy’s Law

Recently I have decided that Murphy’s Law definitely applies to beekeeping and harvesting honey. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This is certainly true for the fall honey harvest of Savannah Bee Company’s educational Bee Garden honey. You may have seen some pictures recently on Facebook or Instagram of our newly harvested honey…

Beginning Beekeeping: Using Bee Escapes

Greetings from Savannah Bee! It is that time of year again, the end of the nectar season and the time for collecting honey! Now that you are ready to harvest your honey and honeycomb, what are the first steps? Harvesting honey is a very “hands on” sort of practice. Whenever we are close to the…

Killer Bee!

The creation of the killer bee began in 1956 when Brazilian Scientists attempted to breed African honeybees with European honeybees. Their goal was to create a honeybee that could produce honey at faster rates than the European honeybee. It is said that during this scientific process, some of the newly bred bees escaped the lab…

Beginning Beekeeping: Using A Bee Smoker

Greeting from Savannah Bee! A bee smoker is an iconic beekeeping tool. Beekeepers have been using some variety of bee smoker for thousands of years. But, what exactly is a bee smoker and how does it help the beekeeper? In this episode of our Beginning Beekeeping video series, our apprentice beekeeper Usher explains the two…

Beginning Beekeeping Series #5: Building A Honeycomb Frame

Greetings from Savannah Bee! When you decide to purchase components for your beehive, if you have a Langstroth hive, your list will definitely include honeycomb frames. Your honey bees will eventually fill these honeycomb frames with delicious honeycomb and honey!  Your honeycomb frames are designed to fit perfectly into your bee boxes (aka – supers). Once…

Beginning Beekeeping Series #4 The Langstroth Hive

Greetings from Savannah Bee! It’s time again for another edition of Beginning Beekeeping with Usher Gay. Episode #4 explores the Langstroth Hive, one of the most popular hive styles in the world. What are the advantages of keeping bees in a Langstroth hive and why is the Langstroth hive style preferred by most production beekeepers?…