Sept 2022 Newsletter

This year has been so very dry (up until this week) – and natural food availability has been very scarce for the honeybees. You may have noticed that I’ve making rounds more often this summer to make sure they have supplemental feeding with sugar syrup provided directly into the hives, as well as protein supplements […]

Varroa and Mite Management – More important than ever

It is now July of 2022, and Varroa Destructor mites have been detected in Australia.   The beekeepers there have long enjoyed their vocation (and hobby) of beekeeping without this pest, which is a known transmission vector for at least 27 destructive viruses.

Varroa Mite

Australia’s Department of Primary Industries current action plan is […]

2022 Honeybee Removal Information

Rex Smith’s Honeybee Removal – 2022

*** IF TEMPERATURES EXCEED 95 DEG F – THE REMOVAL MAY BE RESCHEDULED FOR A COOLER TIME or DAY ***

If you are in need of having a honeybee swarm picked up, or a full colony of bees removed from a structure – please see the following links for […]

Second Story Soffit Bee Removal – Dallas

These bees have been in the soffit for a while.  The homeowner bought the house recently, and needs to do some work – that the bees were preventing.

After a successful removal – the bees were re-homed to a Harmony Hollow Apiary outyard – and are doing well.

Enjoy!

Winter work – preparing for spring honey flow – Building Frames

Enjoy this quick video of assembling frames for honey production.  Foundation will be added to the frames just prior to putting them on the hives (to keep the foundation clean until it’s time for the bees to draw comb).

Enjoy!

Link to my YouTube Channel for you to “like” and Subscribe to my videos: Harmony […]

DIY Protein Patties / DIY Pollen Patties (video in link)

It is early January 2018, and several of the overwintering nucleus colonies (NUC) are needing a protein boost since there has been no blooms for the bees to visit since late fall.  Once the queen lays eggs, and the larvae hatch – they need a ready supply of protein for their growth and transformation from […]

I Will Survive – Event in Midland, Texas (Dec 12-13)

Rex Smith – Texas Master Beekeeper will be speaking at 1pm on Saturday Dec 12th in Midland, Texas – at the Midland County Horseshoe Pavilion.  This is an event for preppers, homesteaders, and survival enthusiasts.

More information at:  I Will Survive Events

I will also have a table for selling my Harmony Hollow Honey, […]

Bee Tree – Trapout Completion follow-up

This honeybee trapout has been completed after about 3.5 weeks.

The queen DID come out, and has joined her workers in the 5-frame box. She is laying worker eggs, and there are worker eggs, larvae, and capped brood as well as a little drone brood. Looks like a good pattern so far – though it […]

Preparing for the 2015 Beekeeping Season

Lots of work is in the planning stages for the 2015 beekeeping season. There are boxes to build, frames to assemble, foundation to install – oh – and did I ever mention a barn to build at Wolfsong Farm? This should give me a secure space to keep my beekeeping woodenware and equipment.

Plans are […]

Frozen over in N. Texas

This has been a winter of winters so far this year – and we’re not even officially to winter, yet!

I’m anxious to get out to the bee-yard and assess the hives.  Once the ice and nastiness melts away, and the fields are dry enough to drive in – I’ve got a few hives to […]