Bee Boyz and Girlz

Bee Boyz and Girlz ….. is an informal gathering of some Naples area hobby beekeepers that get together once in a while to share bees and beekeeping information.  There is no political correctness, no membership dues, no officers, no rules….and no woke bull****….. just common sense and a fun group of new and old hobby beekeepers helping one another in the true spirit of backyard beekeeping. 

Latest News Listed First

 

5/16/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news….. One of the BB&G beekeepers had his first honey harvest.  Many pounds of delicious wildflower honey was bottled.  Lots more honey hopefully to come going forward as the hives are rapidly growing in size and the nectar flows start to appear.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 

 

5/8/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news….. Another Saturday morning adventure…  BB&G beekeepers helped a fellow beekeeper put up 5 swarm traps at a wooded lot near 6L farms east of Naples.  The traps held 4 plastic foundation frames, baited with lemon grass oil q tips in a plastic bag and then finally hoisted up high in a tree.  The swarm boxes were designed and built by one of our BB&G beekeepers that has had great success in many past swarm captures at his home apiary location. 

BB&G helper raising one of the swarm boxes. Click on picture for larger view.

 

 

4/17/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news….. On this Saturday morning,  a couple BB&G volunteers removed a hive from a water meter at a home on Marco Island. The hive and bees were set up in a brood box next to the water meter and given a chance to move in. Once the bees have settled in, the BB&G volunteer shown below will transfer the beehive to the owner’s brand new flow hive set up in the back of his yard waiting for the bees.

Click on picture for a larger view

 

4/13/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news….. A new hobby beekeeper in North Fort Myers gets his first hive from a fellow BB&G beekeeper that had done some splits recently.   The hope is to eventually be able to introduce the hive to the Flow Hive super that he had acquired recently.


Click on picture for a larger view.
 

4/10/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news….. Today, a swarm trap hive was transferred to a hive box. All the comb was transferred from the swarm box and rubber band mounted in frames. The box was then placed in the same location where the swarm box had been. In abut a week the hive box will be moved to the apiary.

Click on picture for a larger view

 
   

3/17/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news….. Helping out a commercial beekeeper, some Bee Boyz and Girlz beekeepers made a trip out to an Immokalee water melon fields to fence in and repair hives that were damaged by bears.  About 40 hives were destroyed. The day’s work also included installing electric fences on several other beehive locations in other area farming fields.

Bear destroyed hives. Click on picture for a larger view.

Repairing bear damaged hives and installing electric fencing. Click on picture for a larger view.

Helping out a commercial beekeeper is a tough, hot job, but one can get a free watermelon!!!

 

2/19/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Marco Island bees are going strong at the location on a canal. See below 1/2/2020 listing entry of these honey producing beehives a year ago.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

2/18/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..A couple Bee Boyz and Girlz volunteers took a road trip to a commercial beekeeper’s operation operated by Councell Farms and volunteered to help do splits.  We ended up visiting three yards and doing about 50 splits in to nuc boxes. It was an exhausting hard work day, but rewarding and enjoyable!!  In each yard, hundreds of hives are arranged four to a pallet and each hive was opened and examined for its ability to be split.  The nuc is then closed up and loaded on the truck for eventual placement in a distant yard needing pollination.   Spending a day with a commercial beekeeper gives one a real appreciation for the dedication and hard work of commercial beekeeping.

Click on picture for a larger view.

Click on picture for a larger view.

Click on picture for a larger view.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 

2/13/2021 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..One of the new Bee Boyz and Girlz apiaries gets an Oxalic acid treatment with the “gas-vap” device. Each hive is treated 3 times on a weekly schedule to maximize the varroa mite killing.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

 

12/5/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Congratulations are in order as another of our new Bee Boyz and Girlz beekeepers gets her new apiary up and running with a BB&G donated strong hive. A hive check today showed a healthy busy queen and lots of brood.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

11/5/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..One of our beginning Bee Boyz and Girlz beekeeper gets her first honey harvest!!  It is always exciting and rewarding to see actual delicious raw honey from your very own hives.  The beekeeper’s apiary that produced this honey is the 5/25/2020 entry further down this page.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

10/31/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..A new beekeeper gets his feet wet with his first removal.  This removal came from a garage wall and was good size with lots of brood comb.  The homemade beevac will need a little refinement, but it did work and the bees and comb were moved in to a brood box and placed in his apiary.

Click on picture for a larger view

 
   

9/19/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Two BB&G provided hives were moved out to the apiary of a new beekeeper’s location in Golden Gate Estates.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

9/13/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Bad news for one of our new beekeepers out in Golden Gate Estates.  During the early morning hours the complete apiary was destroyed by a bear or bears.  The odor of the hives and honey can carry a long distance and is an irresistible attraction to the animals.  This was the apiary set up on 5/16/2020 pictured further down on this page.

8/27/2020 – A new Bee Boyz and Girlz beekeeper got their first BB&G donated hive from a removal done earlier in the day by a couple other BeeB&G beekeepers.  The bees were moved out to this Golden Gate Estates home where a new apiary was being set up.  The bees can look forward to a good home.  Love that pink!!! Who says beekeeping can’t be both fun and fashionable !!!!

The hive was placed in a new beekeeper’s Golden Gate Estates apiary. Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

8/7/2020 – The Bee Boyz and Girlz group got together to remove a large hive from the roof overhang of a Marco Island house. The attempt to get the original swarm to move in to a box was tried for a few days with no success, probably because the bees had already started to build comb on the soffit. So the decision was made to vacuum up the bees, catch the queen and transport the bees to their new home at a Bee Boyz and GIrlz member’s apiary in Golden Gate. The whole crew was given a chance to operate the beevac and scoop up a handful of bees to help look for the queen.

Large hive located on the roof overhang. Click on the picture for a larger view.

In just a few days after the swarm landed they had already built comb and that is probably why they never moved in to the box. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Toward the end of the vacuuming process, the queen was spotted and caged. Everyone got a chance to see up close what a beehive queen looks like.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

A queen member of the Bee Boyz and Girlz group brought a special crew to the removal site and they were a big help to get the bees vacuumed up and look for the queen. Everyone got a chance to operate the beevac and also gently scoop up a handful of bees while looking for the queen.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

5/25/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz member news…. Another new beekeeper’s great apiary setup in the Golden Gate area of Naples. The BB&G donated bees will be getting installed soon. The fence is a precaution to protect the hives from any potential bears known to be in the neighborhood.

Click on picture for a larger view.

Click on picture for a larger view.

 

What a difference a year makes with the apiary going in to the 2021 season with 6 hives and lots of supers. Click on picture for a larger view.

 

 

5/16/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Naples beekeeping locals get together to help install a BB&G donated new hive in a new apiary located in the back yard of a local Golden Gate area beekeeper. What’s great about backyard beekeeping is that the bees are usually very adaptable and apiaries can almost always be set up in a manner that fits in with the beekeeper’s situation. Time will tell how well the bees accept their new home!!!

Brand new apiary setup in Golden Gate, Naples, FL

Installing a new hive of bees and release of the queen.

bees and queen release getting set up.

Why not dress a hive box up? Some say it helps the bees more easily identify their home. Click on picture for a larger view

1/2/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..A new beekeeper in Marco Island is keeping hives in a creative way at his waterfront house located on a canal.  Notice in the right picture a couple hives with little weathervanes!

   

Click on picture for a lager view.