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Emmett Royal Honey

Emmett Royal Honey Emmett Royal Honey is located in Emmett, Idaho, and provides local honey and bee products/services. Emmett Royal Honey is apiculture located in Emmett, Idaho.

We sell raw honey, locally built beehives, beekeeping services, classes, tours, and bees & queens. All our apiaries are located in Emmett, Idaho, or within 10 miles. Our primary focus is as bee researchers, queen breeders, honey producers, and building community awareness. Honey bees are seeing mass deaths every year. About 30% of managed colonies die every year; this has to be mitigated by splitt

We sell raw honey, locally built beehives, beekeeping services, classes, tours, and bees & queens. All our apiaries are located in Emmett, Idaho, or within 10 miles. Our primary focus is as bee researchers, queen breeders, honey producers, and building community awareness. Honey bees are seeing mass deaths every year. About 30% of managed colonies die every year; this has to be mitigated by splitt

Operating as usual

12/05/2022

2023 preorders are now open. We are accepting preorders for NUCS and Hive Equipment. Queens will not open for preorder but will be first come, first serve to start in May 2023.

Call for more details - at 208-369-1385 or check out our website at emmettroyalhoney.com

Thanks!

09/22/2022

Many beekeepers confuse orientation flights with swarming or absconding. In this case, this is absconding, but it's similar to swarming - a large group of honey bees leaving the hive. Orientation flights can be a large portion of bees near the entrance normal many of them doing figure eight flights but some can be flying near the hive, as this is a tremendous amount of bees flying around the hive in almost all directions - almost like a honey bee tornado 😄.

There has been some information floating around on the internet expressing that CCD is directly linked to EMF radiation....
09/19/2022
Exposure to cell phone radiations produces biochemical changes in worker honey bees

There has been some information floating around on the internet expressing that CCD is directly linked to EMF radiation. Unfortunately, with many of these claims, there is little to no supporting research to share. As we stand there is NO direct link between CCD to EMF radiation. There are some behavioral issues that arise from EMF radiation on Honey bees - but in the research articles - there was no direct correlation found.

Here are the research papers on the subject: Exposure to cell phone radiations produces biochemical changes in worker honey bees ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3052591/ ), Effect of electromagnetic radiation of cell phone
tower on foraging behaviour of Asiatic honey bee,
Apis cerana F. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) (https://zero5g.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/5-3-142-590.pdf ), Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Honey BeesCaused by EMF Radiation( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6563664/ ) (the title is misleading - the results in the study were not conclusive), Effect of electromagnetic radiations on brooding, honey
production and foraging behavior of European
honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) ( https://academicjournals.org/journal/AJAR/article-full-text-pdf/DEBAE7B47051 ). The study that is supporting this claim is found here:https://www.internationalscholarsjournals.com/articles/impact-of-mobile-phones-on-the-density-of-honeybees.pdf - I would say the quality of the study is low - and the researcher is reaching for a biased conclusion. The study was done on a sample population of 6, where 3 were the control and 3 were the treated - the supporting documentation is low.

I am not saying that it's not possible that EMF is linked to CCD, or even that EMF radiation has no effect on honey bees (or humans) as the research shown does show some behavior and even biological changes, but there is no scientific evidence that directly links CCD to EMF radiation conclusively.

The present study was carried out to find the effect of cell phone radiations on various biomolecules in the adult workers of Apis mellifera L. The results of the treated adults were analyzed and compared with the control. Radiation from the cell phone ...

The colder weather and lack of drones signal the winterization of our beehives. In this video, we share a few tips on ho...
09/16/2022
Episode 19: How To Winterize Your Hive

The colder weather and lack of drones signal the winterization of our beehives. In this video, we share a few tips on how to winterize your hives successfully.

Here are a few tips on how to successfully winterize your hive in northern areas (well, at least in part of Idaho for sure =)).Here is an article we publishe...

Update: Hello all, it's been a busy month! Sorry for the delay in posting new videos and research articles. I hope to ge...
09/15/2022

Update:

Hello all, it's been a busy month! Sorry for the delay in posting new videos and research articles. I hope to get back on a weekly basis here shortly. We will be publishing a new education video tomorrow on winter hive preparation. Here are a few things we have been up to.

We finished our two-week live honey bee pollination classes with over 400 participants in class; we conducted some 30 classes over 2 weeks. It was a busy time, and it went very well! We will be doing more of that next year.

We are sold out of honey for the year; we sold out during the field trip. Next year we will have an increased quantity.

We are in the process of submitting a proposal for a SARE’s grant focusing on research for honey bee breeding and Varroa resistant behaviors, and that's consumed a lot of time to prepare for that.

We also are building a woodworking shop to make our honey bee hives here in Emmett, Idaho. We are in the process of redesigning the Langstroth hive to create a beehive that would increase the survivability of honey bees using current biological research. We hope to have those up for sale by next year.

Happy Beekeeping!

We did a sample test with 9 queens (using the direct release with smoke method - you can read about how to do it on our ...
09/13/2022
Queens: How To Introduce A New Mated Queen To A Colony. - Emmett Royal Honey

We did a sample test with 9 queens (using the direct release with smoke method - you can read about how to do it on our website at https://emmettroyalhoney.com/beekeeping-education/queens-how-to-introduce-a-new-mated-queen-to-a-colony/ )

Out of 9 queens, 100% of the hives accepted the new queen - half of them we destroyed any queen cells they were making, and the other half did not destroy the queen cells. In all cases, all queens were accepted.

You have a new queen in a package, or you bought mated in a cage. How do you introduce her to her new colony? Queens need to start laying eggs as soon as possible. We prefer immediate release for all our naturally mated queens and push-in cages for all inseminated queens. It’s unlikely that a […...

According to a study conducted studying the average feral colony entrances. 15 square centimeters was found to be the no...
09/12/2022

According to a study conducted studying the average feral colony entrances. 15 square centimeters was found to be the norm. The thin longer side of a typical langstroth entrance reducer is approx 13 square centimeters. this can be used year round as your entrance.

We had a fantastic time at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand for our two-week-long field trip classes. We had over 500 people parti...
09/05/2022

We had a fantastic time at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand for our two-week-long field trip classes. We had over 500 people participate in our classes to learn about honey bee biology and pollination and get to see (and hold in some cases) honey bees. They also got to take home some tasty fruit at the end. It was a blast. We would like to thank all involved, including Frozen Dog Fruit Stand, for contributing to this successful event.

Our introductory live honey bee class with fruit picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand is this Saturday, September 3rd; kids...
09/01/2022

Our introductory live honey bee class with fruit picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand is this Saturday, September 3rd; kids are free(with a parent or guardian); call for details. Timeslots available are 1pm and 2pm. These classes are by reservation only, so if you are interested, please contact us before Saturday at 208-369-1385.

We still have some timeslots available for our introductory live honey bee class with fruit picking at Frozen Dog Fruit ...
08/30/2022

We still have some timeslots available for our introductory live honey bee class with fruit picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand this Saturday, September 3rd. These classes are by reservation only, so if you are interested, please contact us before Saturday. At 208-369-1385.

We still have openings for September 3rd for our introductory honey bee class with fruit-picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Sta...
08/26/2022

We still have openings for September 3rd for our introductory honey bee class with fruit-picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand. We will be here Friday and Saturday this week, and Wednesday to Saturday next week feel free to stop by and say hello - the only class availability we still have is on September 3rd; excellent introductory education for families or adults interested in honey bees, the class focuses on the pollination and the importance of honey bees and pollinators - get up and close and see these fantastic creatures; all are really enjoying it. Call or message for details. 208-369-1385

08/25/2022
Photos from Frozen Dog Fruit Stand's post
08/24/2022

Photos from Frozen Dog Fruit Stand's post

Today's video discusses the biology and process of splitting a honey bee colony. A sustainable apiary understands how to...
08/22/2022
Episode 18: How To Split Your Honey Bee Colony

Today's video discusses the biology and process of splitting a honey bee colony. A sustainable apiary understands how to split a hive effectively since losses are a part of beekeeping. In this video, we talk about 3 different methods of splitting and demonstrate one of those methods.

Emmett Royal Honey is a beekeeping company located in Emmett, Idaho where our focus is on honey bee research and queen breeding. We also sell honey bee produ...

How do honey bees select larvae during emergency queen rearing? A study by Al-Kahtani and Bienefeld (2012) observed that...
08/21/2022

How do honey bees select larvae during emergency queen rearing? A study by Al-Kahtani and Bienefeld (2012) observed that the Nasonov glands play a role in this. Workers, after a larvae inspection, would expose their Nasonov glands. They found that a significant concentration of exposed Nasonov glands was observed in cells that later developed into queen cells.

Timeline photos
08/20/2022

Timeline photos

When Chris is not helping to assist with technical projects on websites, he is doing bee research, and then I assist him :). Here is a little about the business. For more information, go to https://emmettroyalhoney.com/

Emmett Royal Honey is a locally owned and operated family business. The majority of our team has lived in Emmett for most of their lives. This is our home.
Our primary focus is breeding queen bees for increased survivability and research on the honey bee.

Through research and application, our hope is that this leads to quality bees for pollination efforts to naturally resist diseases, pests, and the effects of agricultural chemicals needed to sustain food supplies.

Emmett is known for its orchards and has a long history with agriculture. Honey bee pollination has a considerable part in sustaining these environments and growing crops.

We provide backyard beekeeping services, equipment, classes, and raw honey. Check out our store today.

All our apiaries are located in Emmett, Idaho, or within 10 miles of Emmett.

08/16/2022

On Saturday, September 3rd, in the afternoon (call for time slots available 208-369-1385). We will have a live honey bee biology class with fruit picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand. The class will be one hour in length, onsite, as we go over honey bees and their role (as well as other pollinators) in our food system, as well as on-site beekeeper training (bee suits will be provided), to see these amazing creatures in action and up close. Each ticket comes with a bag/basket provided to pick fruits available at the orchard at the end of the class.

The class aims to introduce you to honey bees and see how pollination, particularly honey bee pollination, contributes to our food system. At the end of the class, you can pick the fruit pollinated by these incredible creatures (as well as other natural pollinators in the area). Without natural pollination efforts, we would not have the large variety of available food we have today.

On Saturday, September 3rd, in the afternoon (call for time slots available 208-369-1385). We will have a live honey bee...
08/16/2022

On Saturday, September 3rd, in the afternoon (call for time slots available 208-369-1385). We will have a live honey bee biology class with fruit picking at Frozen Dog Fruit Stand. The class will be one hour in length, onsite, as we go over honey bees and their role (as well as other pollinators) in our food system, as well as on-site beekeeper training (bee suits will be provided), to see these amazing creatures in action and up close. Each ticket comes with a bag/basket provided to pick fruits available at the orchard at the end of the class.

The class aims to introduce you to honey bees and see how pollination, particularly honey bee pollination, contributes to our food system. At the end of the class, you can pick the fruit pollinated by these incredible creatures (as well as other natural pollinators in the area). Without natural pollination efforts, we would not have the large variety of available food we have today.

https://youtube.com/shorts/P9cTc-34AcM?feature=shareHere is this clip we took; you can see the queen 'standing still' wh...
08/12/2022
Queen Honey Bee With Her Attendant’s

https://youtube.com/shorts/P9cTc-34AcM?feature=share

Here is this clip we took; you can see the queen 'standing still' while workers contact her. According to the research done by Seeley (1979) this is how queens facilitate pheromone dispersal. After this, the worker bees contacting her will quickly move on to other nest mates and contact other workers, and so on and so forth until the whole hive is 'aware' of her pheromone production. Just airborne dispersal, queen to worker contact, or comb contact of her pheromone is not adequate. This behavior is vital for the whole colony to internalize her pheromone.

The retinue consists of up to 12 workers(they are in the video touching the queen); they come in contact with her by using their antennae, forelegs, and/or mouthparts. (Naumann 1991). It takes approximately 30 minutes for the retinue to pass her pheromone to every hive member.

Here is a clip of a queen honey bee with her attendants.

08/11/2022

We just wanted to let everyone know, that we are completely sold out of local queens for the rest of the year until the 2023 season. Thanks.

08/11/2022

We have our honey harvest happening next week, end-of-year final splits, and a two-week-long field trip classes starting in the 3rd week of August (a lot happening!), so we will not be publishing as many new videos or new articles in the next few weeks. We should be back on track in September.

Today we released an article titled " Understanding Colony Health By Studying The Frame" which goes along nicely with ou...
08/05/2022
Understanding Colony Health By Studying The Frame - Emmett Royal Honey

Today we released an article titled " Understanding Colony Health By Studying The Frame" which goes along nicely with our recent video upload.

The skill of reading a frame is a skill that will benefit all beekeepers. To look at 1 – 3 frames and get a good sense of a colony’s being is vital. As we have discussed in other articles, you can learn some good information by looking at the hive from the outside, examining the […]

Understanding how to read a frame and what is says about the health of your honey bees can be a challenging skill to dev...
08/03/2022

Understanding how to read a frame and what is says about the health of your honey bees can be a challenging skill to develop. We wanted to provide a few tips in today's video that will hopefully give you more confidence with your future inspections. This is not a complete coverage of the topic but rather an overview. In a future article, we will provide a more comprehensive dive into the subject.
https://youtu.be/RFSNLT3WqWA

08/01/2022

Resources are shared with not only honey bees but other native pollinators.

We are releasing a comprehensive disease identification chart that will assist beekeepers from new and advanced with spo...
07/30/2022
Honey Bee Disease Identification Chart - Emmett Royal Honey

We are releasing a comprehensive disease identification chart that will assist beekeepers from new and advanced with spotting and identifying potential issues within their colonies. This chart was built to be used as an in-the-field online resource that we hope to expand with pictures and more valuable items to make disease identification easier.

This chart aims to provide beekeepers with an easy-to-use reference out in the field when they come across suspected diseases in their hives. We will continue to improve this chart toward that goal. The quicker you, as a beekeeper, can spot and identify potential issues within your hive, the more su...

Today's video is on "How To Find The Queen" this is a skill that needs to be developed by continual practice. But we sha...
07/28/2022
Episode 15: Tips On How To Find The Queen.

Today's video is on "How To Find The Queen" this is a skill that needs to be developed by continual practice. But we share a few tips that may assist you as a newer beekeeper.

In this video, we will show a few tips on how to find the queen in your colony. Emmett Royal Honey is a beekeeping company located in Emmett, Idaho where our...

A forager honey bee hard at work on a Milkweed.
07/25/2022

A forager honey bee hard at work on a Milkweed.

We performed an AFB ropiness test and videoed some of it. If you would like to see how this test works, you can refer to...
07/23/2022
AFB (American Foulbrood) Ropiness Test (Disclaimer - video content may be disturbing to some).

We performed an AFB ropiness test and videoed some of it. If you would like to see how this test works, you can refer to this 1-minute video. As a disclaimer, both EFB and AFB can be very gross-looking, especially during the ropiness test, so viewer discretion is advised.

The cells in these videos were most likely EFB - but there was some possible ropiness. In one cell (not in the video) did rope pass an inch (sorry, wish I wo...

Today's article overviews the queen honey bee's role in the colony.
07/22/2022
The Queen - Emmett Royal Honey

Today's article overviews the queen honey bee's role in the colony.

In today’s article, we will focus our attention on some basic aspects of the queen honey bee. The two major items that separate a queen from other castes (workers and drones) are life span and fertilized egg laying. Queens can live up to 8 years of age but, on average live 2 – 5 years. […]

We updated our Nectar and Pollen chart with more information on the yield of Nectar and Pollen each plant provides, and ...
07/18/2022
Nectar and Pollen Yearly Availability Chart - Emmett Royal Honey

We updated our Nectar and Pollen chart with more information on the yield of Nectar and Pollen each plant provides, and we added pictures of each plant to help beekeepers visually identify these plants in their area. We will add to this chart regularly, with the goal of it being used as a reference for beekeepers in the area.

For the South Western Idaho, here is a chart that shows what blooms, when it blooms, and what resource is has for honey bees.

We updated our Varroa destructor article, now including more details on the 4 species of Varroa and the 'subspecies', be...
07/15/2022
The Varroa Destructor - Emmett Royal Honey

We updated our Varroa destructor article, now including more details on the 4 species of Varroa and the 'subspecies', better understood as haplotypes of the V. destructor. We try and update our past articles as new information comes in.

The Varroa Destructor is one of the main pests today within the honey bee colony. Before getting into updated research on the Varroa mite, let us have a quick overview of the mite. Of the most common domesticated genus Apis (honey bees), there is the Apis cerana, and the Apis mellifera. The Apis mel...

We are entering a period of increased robbing, where resources are low, hives are strong, and scouts are plenty. Today's...
07/15/2022
Honey Bee Robbing Behavior - Emmett Royal Honey

We are entering a period of increased robbing, where resources are low, hives are strong, and scouts are plenty. Today's article discusses this behavior and the options beekeepers can do to ward it off.

Robbing is when honey bee enters a colony that is not their own and takes food by force. Learn more about this behavior.

This is the time of year when robbing increases. Our video today discusses the robbing behavior and why it happens and w...
07/13/2022
Episode 13: Honey Bee Robbing Behavior - Why and How To Stop It.

This is the time of year when robbing increases. Our video today discusses the robbing behavior and why it happens and what you can do to stop it.

Once you understand why robbing takes place, it's much easier to manage and it will put you as beekeeping more at ease.

In addition to what was mentioned in this video. For robbing to take place a scout bee as to pass a guard bee, find the food source and tell his hive mates. ...

07/12/2022
07/12/2022

Here is a quick microscope video that was taken today at 400x at a liquid mixture of a few honey bees' abdomens. The 'rice' looking shape is Nosema Disease. Its possible these honey bees that were sampled have both N. apis and N. ceranae.

This disease is fairly common, but in high amounts, and leading into winter it can be a cause of colony death when they overwinter.

In today's article, we cover an overview of Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs). These fascinating areas are still not fully...
07/08/2022
Drone Congregation Areas (DCA's) - Emmett Royal Honey

In today's article, we cover an overview of Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs). These fascinating areas are still not fully understood by bee scientists, but they play a critical role in propagating beneficial genes to the surrounding colonies. Learn more about them in this article.

Drone Congregation Areas (DCA's) are a fascinating areas in the honey bee world that have an important biological component. Learn more.

Today we are releasing "Episode 12: Observations From Outside The Hive" - we will discuss briefly some tips that can ass...
07/06/2022
Episode 12: Observations From Outside The Hive

Today we are releasing "Episode 12: Observations From Outside The Hive" - we will discuss briefly some tips that can assist beekeepers in getting an idea about what may be happening inside the hive from their observations outside the hive.

Learn about observations you can make outside a beehive to get a glimpse of what is happening inside. At the end of the day, inspections are the only true in...

07/04/2022

I was watching this honey bee - and she was tiring me out! So much work to supply that excellent honey - and this is one of many steps. Truly amazing.

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