CDBsz,llc. Apiary

CDBsz,llc. Apiary Small family run apiary nestled deep in Berkeley Springs, WV off of Sleepy Creek. The first of our hives are up and buzzing!
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When you spray bug killer or other poisons (weed killer) this is what happens to bees... one of my biggest strongest hiv...
08/18/2019

When you spray bug killer or other poisons (weed killer) this is what happens to bees... one of my biggest strongest hives... dead and dying....so thanks to whoever killed my bees this week. ๐Ÿ˜ก. Second hive poisoned in 2 weeks๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก

Busy night!!!
08/06/2019

Busy night!!!

04/15/2019
Honey Bee Health Network

Bee Stuff

This Video shows the Life Cycle of The Honey Bee and a Varroa Mite.
Very important to understand how the Biology of a Varroa Mite and the Biology Of The Honey Bee grow together to allow Varroa to reproduce in the cell while the Honey Bee pupa matures into an Adult Honey Bee.
ThIs Video was produced by Dr Jeff Harris at the Baton Rouge Bee Lab while Dr Harris and Dr John Harbo were developing the VSH traits in Honey Bees. Dr Greg Hunt and Krispn Given have been working on a Breeding Program at Purdue University enhancing the Traits Of Chewing, Grooming, VSH and Hygienic Behaviors in the Indiana Leg Chewers. The program has been running for over 15 years. The Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative was formed in 2013 to collaberate with Purdue to distribute Breeder Queens and Production Queens To Beekeepers in the US. The Sustainable Gentics Technology Network was formed in 2017 to Inseminate Queens in Five States to produce more Breeder Queens.

08/25/2018

Feeding honey back to the bees! Itโ€™s a frenzy!! I set up old and broken frames of unusable honey away from the hives and they think they are robbing and fill their stomachs with honey and take it home!! It is just an easy way to clean my wax comb so I can reassemble the frames! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

This sweet girl and her sisters are damned and determined to glue this hive shut!!!  So much super bee goo!โ€™  Lol. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜‰
07/26/2018

This sweet girl and her sisters are damned and determined to glue this hive shut!!! So much super bee goo!โ€™ Lol. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜‰

07/26/2018
Yesterday, huge amount of bees decided that they needed to be in my shed to try to scavenge honey from empty frames and ...
06/25/2018

Yesterday, huge amount of bees decided that they needed to be in my shed to try to scavenge honey from empty frames and such that were in there. So I couldnโ€™t get them out when I left so I closed the doors and went back last night when it was dark. What I was doing was stacking up a hive bodies and putting a lid on them so the bees couldnโ€™t get to that wax with residual honey on it. What I found was thousands of sleeping bees inside my shed! Sound asleep bellies full of honey just sitting out docile is anything!! You can see the big wad of them on my windowsill and then all around the window in the cracks on the side. Hopefully now that they canโ€™t access the frames, when I open the doors today they want to go home!! I will keep you posted!!

Early bee food curtesy of Ms Lucy. These things are going wild all over the farm!
04/15/2018

Early bee food curtesy of Ms Lucy. These things are going wild all over the farm!

Well while we are waiting to go pics up our new bees, we have added some more fowl to the farm...28 new chicks are livin...
04/07/2018

Well while we are waiting to go pics up our new bees, we have added some more fowl to the farm...28 new chicks are living in the garage (4 with their new mommy) waiting to get bigger and move to the farm! Shannon will never be lonely with all her girls around!!

Working on cleaning hives to prep for bees!!  Have new non-dead bees ordered and am slowly getting the yard ready for th...
02/28/2018

Working on cleaning hives to prep for bees!! Have new non-dead bees ordered and am slowly getting the yard ready for them! No more bears, just these rouge pigs that belong to a neighbor who apparently canโ€™t convince them to stay home! They are eating my compost pile!!! ๐Ÿคฎ. So, enjoy the pig pics, and the first signs of spring here on Sleepy Creek.... day Lillyโ€™s and daffodils starting to pop up and the forsythia is all budded out!!
Shannon Casebolt, the pigs said, you said it was ok for them to live at our house?!? They put in dinner orders!!! What??????

02/15/2018

72 degrees and girls were out and about today!! Gave them some pollen replacer and plan to start feeding them sugar this weekend to get them in the mood for spring!!! So very happy to see bees today!!!!!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ

01/28/2018

We have been working to clean up the loss and planning our next step. Talked to the Gurus the other night and we have some direction. So thankful to Ed & Cheryl Fortney for all their help, advice and encouragement!
On the positive side, we have almost totally sold out of honey for this season. Yummmmm we have a stash for us... sooooo been enjoying honey and lemon in my tea!!!
Thanks for checking in and sharing all the good energy!!! โค๏ธ

Cynthia Daily
Shannon Casebolt
Zack Daily-Anderson
Neary Casebolt
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Very sad day!  That hard cold freeze we had for the past 3-4 weeks has killed most of our hives. I discussed it with the...
01/21/2018

Very sad day! That hard cold freeze we had for the past 3-4 weeks has killed most of our hives. I discussed it with the Bee Guru today and he said we were doing it correctly... it just kills me!! Zack Daily-Anderson and I cleaned up some hives today to get them ready for new colonies in a few weeks.... Shannon Casebolt and I will finish up this weekend and we will be ready to go. All these pics are dead bees. On the flip side, the chickens apparently like dead bees... who knew?? ๐Ÿ˜ž

01/16/2018
12/19/2017

60 degree December day...

Few ladies out flying today in the 48 degree heat. Hives opened by the bear all look strong so I am hoping!!  ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
12/18/2017

Few ladies out flying today in the 48 degree heat. Hives opened by the bear all look strong so I am hoping!! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

CDBsz,llc. Apiary
09/23/2017

CDBsz,llc. Apiary

09/11/2017
12-Year-Old Has A Beehive In His Bedroom
09/11/2017
12-Year-Old Has A Beehive In His Bedroom

12-Year-Old Has A Beehive In His Bedroom

We all know how important those busy little insects, the honeybees, are to our flowers and fruits and vegetables, not to mention the delicious honey they produce.ย  But would you ever want a beehive in your bedroom?

09/10/2017
VT

VT

Imagine if you found this in your home? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

09/06/2017

GEEZER RIDGE FARM BEEKEEPING GROUP
MONDAY September 18TH, 7PM @ James Rumsey
"MANAGING LATE SUMMER BEES"

This month Ed Forney and Charles Walter will be leading a discussion on the good, and the challenging issues facing us during late summer and early fall. This is a excellent topic for both experienced and new beekeepers alike. Frame manipulation and feeding, building up additional stores to use in Spring on your nucs and honey production Hives. Bring your questions
This lecture series is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL regardless of club affiliation or state of residence
If you have any questions please call 304-702-3848 or email [email protected]
James Rumsey Technical Institute is located at 3274 Hedgesville Rd Martinsburg WV
We will be meeting in the cafeteria.

09/06/2017
How to Taste (and Fall in Love With) Raw Honey
08/08/2017
How to Taste (and Fall in Love With) Raw Honey

How to Taste (and Fall in Love With) Raw Honey

Good raw honey is practically a different product from the "Grade A Amber" plastic bears that line supermarket shelves. Bursting with caramel or butterscotch; fragrant with citrus, minerals, or the intoxicating aromas peonies and jasmine; jammy with berries and currants and dried fruitโ€”that's the ki...

Bee Friendly Plants for Your Garden - Garden Design
08/02/2017
Bee Friendly Plants for Your Garden - Garden Design

Bee Friendly Plants for Your Garden - Garden Design

Discover how to help save the bees by growing bee friendly plants in your garden. Get tips for creating a bee garden that will support pollinators and look great.

07/20/2017

From Virginia Bee Supply:

Why does honey crystalize?
The truth is that the crystallization of honey is a natural and uncontrolled process. Containing more than 70% sugars and less than 20% (18% or lower is optimal) water, honey is naturally an unstable super-saturated sugar solution. Hence, over time, almost all pure raw honey crystallizes. The composition ratio of glucose and fructose in a floral nectar source is one way to determine how fast the honey crystallizes. Honey varieties with a low fructose to glucose ratio, such as Dandelion, Aster, Clover, and Goldenrod honey crystallize swiftly in days and weeks, while honey varietals with a high fructose to glucose ratios such as, Tupelo, Acacia, Longan, Eucalyptus, Sourwood, crystallize slowly and stay liquid for years. During crystallization, glucose separates from water and become crystals, while fructose remains as a liquid. The honey thickens and becomes more viscous. The size of the crystals formed varies from honey to honey; some varietals form fine crystals while others large ones. (This is the reason why some honey varietals crystallise to form a coarse sugary texture, and some varietals crystallise to form a smooth creamy consistency.) Even though the formation of crystals has absolutely no bearing on the quality of honey, most people still reject honey that is sugary and coarse in texture.
Besides, floral sources, pollen content or other particles will make honey crystalize faster. Think back to elementary school and the experiment of mixing sugar water in a jar, then inserting a string. The string gave something for the sugar to attach to and voila' ROCK CANDY is born. So even, though pollen is good for the health benefits of honey, it will give the sugars something to attach to and hence crystalize quicker.
Moisture content is another factor in crystallization. The higher over 18% moisture, the faster the crystals will form. Take that moisture into the 20's % and fermentation may even take place.
Yet another factor is temperature, cooler temps will hasten the crystallization process. Honey stored in a refrigerator or cooler basement or cold garage in winter will turn your liquid gold into a sweet treat that is hard as a rock. However; honey may be frozen, seems like the flash freezing of honey in frames doesn't quite have the same effect as prolonged cool temperatures, it may be thawed and extracted and bottled without effecting the time to crytalization.

Timeline Photos
07/18/2017

Timeline Photos

Hot day... everybody is hanging outside!!!
07/18/2017

Hot day... everybody is hanging outside!!!

Notice the white bee...
07/18/2017

Notice the white bee...

Yummmmmm pulled 3 almost 4 more quarts of honey from some of the frames I removed from the hives yesterday!!!  I cannot ...
07/02/2017

Yummmmmm pulled 3 almost 4 more quarts of honey from some of the frames I removed from the hives yesterday!!! I cannot wait to have an extractor to make this job 1 million times easier!! But it is soooooo pretty!!!

Timeline Photos
06/30/2017

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
06/28/2017

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just putting this here to bring home the importance of pollination...