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……… just common sense and a fun group of new and old hobby beekeepers helping one another in the true spirit of backyard beekeeping.
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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.
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.
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.
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 strong hive. A hive check today showed a healthy busy queen and lots of brood.
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.
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.
9/19/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Two hives were moved out to the apiary of a new beekeeper’s location in Golden Gate Estates.
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 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 !!!!
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.
5/25/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz member news…. Another new beekeeper’s great apiary setup in the Golden Gate area of Naples. The 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.
5/16/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Naples beekeeping locals get together to help install a 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!!!
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!