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Update... so these candles are proving to be tricky for us to ensure they burn efficiently and properly. We have tested ...
09/04/2021

Update... so these candles are proving to be tricky for us to ensure they burn efficiently and properly. We have tested several types and sizes of wicks, with less than stellar results.... We will get this figured out and make sure that the product is top notch before posting them for sale.... thanks for your patience everyone!

Coming Soon.... 🙃 ... #beeswax #beeswaxproducts #beeswaxcandles #honeybees

When the wife's bird feeder inadvertently doubles as honeybee feeder thanks to the seeds dropping, germinating and growi...
08/27/2021

When the wife's bird feeder inadvertently doubles as honeybee feeder thanks to the seeds dropping, germinating and growing into these baby's 😆

Soon.... :)
08/11/2021

Soon.... :)

Honey supers are officially off the hives and in the garage drying for a day or two until we extract. We will make an of...
08/06/2021

Honey supers are officially off the hives and in the garage drying for a day or two until we extract. We will make an official "For Sale" post in the next week hopefully. This year we decided to simplify our jars a bit. We will only have one size available (somewhere in between our previous jars in size), and they will be selling for $12. We may offer some quantity discounts, but more to follow on that. We should also have some cut combs available again this year :) Thanks everyone for your patience!

Sorry for the lack of posts everyone. Most beekeeping pages follow a similar course; plenty of posts in the winter, plen...
07/06/2021

Sorry for the lack of posts everyone. Most beekeeping pages follow a similar course; plenty of posts in the winter, plenty of posts as spring hits.... and then radio silence during the summer because beekeepers are just so busy chasing bees and trying to stay ahead of their colonies. This year is no different for me. Not sure what kind of honey harvest I will have this year, but I will keep everyone posted. Right now, I am looking to harvest during the first week or so of August this year. Thanks everyone for your patience and support :) #honeyharvest

Bee knowledge alert... :).... I have knocked all the bees off of this frame so that you can see it better.... the cells ...
05/26/2021

Bee knowledge alert... :).... I have knocked all the bees off of this frame so that you can see it better.... the cells that are in the middle and look somewhat like cardboard are baby female bees (workers) still in their cells pupating into adult bees. The larger peanut looking cells around the outside are all developing queens! The colony that I pulled this frame from appears to have gone queenless. This could have happened from me accidently damaging her or killing while inspecting. Or she could have died of natural causes. The colony realizes that it queenless within minutes of the old queens demise or even if she is pulled out of the colony for a prolonged period or time during an inspection. Once they realize they are queenless, they immediately go to work on creating a new queen. But bees like insurance, so alot of times they create dozens like this. The first queen to hatch will normally go around and kill all her queen sisters while still in their cells. If two queens hatch at the same time, they will either duel until one is dead, or flee the hive which can create cast swarms. A few days after hatching, the newly hatched queen will take her mating flight or flights. This is the only time that she will leave the colony apart from swarming. She will fly to a drone (male bees) congregation area and mate with up to a dozen drones. This is the only time she will mate in her life as she stores the males s***m in a special organ that she has which she also uses to fertiize each egg as she deposits into the cells back in the hive. If she fertilized the egg, it can become either a worker or another queen. If she withholds fertilization, it becomes a drone or male bee. I'll stop there as this post has already gone too long...haha!

Bee knowledge alert... :).... I have knocked all the bees off of this frame so that you can see it better.... the cells that are in the middle and look somewhat like cardboard are baby female bees (workers) still in their cells pupating into adult bees. The larger peanut looking cells around the outside are all developing queens! The colony that I pulled this frame from appears to have gone queenless. This could have happened from me accidently damaging her or killing while inspecting. Or she could have died of natural causes. The colony realizes that it queenless within minutes of the old queens demise or even if she is pulled out of the colony for a prolonged period or time during an inspection. Once they realize they are queenless, they immediately go to work on creating a new queen. But bees like insurance, so alot of times they create dozens like this. The first queen to hatch will normally go around and kill all her queen sisters while still in their cells. If two queens hatch at the same time, they will either duel until one is dead, or flee the hive which can create cast swarms. A few days after hatching, the newly hatched queen will take her mating flight or flights. This is the only time that she will leave the colony apart from swarming. She will fly to a drone (male bees) congregation area and mate with up to a dozen drones. This is the only time she will mate in her life as she stores the males s***m in a special organ that she has which she also uses to fertiize each egg as she deposits into the cells back in the hive. If she fertilized the egg, it can become either a worker or another queen. If she withholds fertilization, it becomes a drone or male bee. I'll stop there as this post has already gone too long...haha!

Looks like swarms 8 and 9 are in the boxes. I believe I have a 10th in, but haven't confirmed.
05/22/2021

Looks like swarms 8 and 9 are in the boxes. I believe I have a 10th in, but haven't confirmed.

05/19/2021

Another successful swarm capture. I haven't posted all the catches, but this is number 7 in the traps so far this year.

Looks like locust is about ready to pop! Also looks like weather is lining up to take advantage of the bulk of the flow,...
05/14/2021

Looks like locust is about ready to pop! Also looks like weather is lining up to take advantage of the bulk of the flow, I'll leave it at that in hopes of not jinxing anything...haha.

So this one has been fun. The picture shows how the "swarm" looked yesterday (the day after it first arrived). When I we...
05/07/2021

So this one has been fun. The picture shows how the "swarm" looked yesterday (the day after it first arrived). When I went out to try to see what was keeping them from entering the trap, I had to get the trap off the tree. Once I figured out how I was going to do it and got the trap down I could immediately feel that the box was full of bees as well! Hard to say if this was two separate swarms, or the same massive swarm with multiple queens which would explain why the separation of bees IN the box and bees ON the box. The video shows what I dealt with today in the rain. This would be day 3 of the bees hanging outside, so I decided to put them in a box myself. Given the amount of bees and it raining, I didn't have time to look for a queen. I will bring them home, and go through them more thoroughly to see if I find a queen in a day or two. If I find no queen, I can give them a frame of eggs from one of my other colonies to give them a chance to raise a new queen. Thanks to the homeowner here for videoing through binoculars from his deck!

We"re gonna need a bigger box...haha! #3 is "on" the box. Once the queen finds her way in, the rest should follow suit r...
05/05/2021

We"re gonna need a bigger box...haha! #3 is "on" the box. Once the queen finds her way in, the rest should follow suit right behind her. ;)

We"re gonna need a bigger box...haha! #3 is "on" the box. Once the queen finds her way in, the rest should follow suit right behind her. ;)

Swarm number two on the same post! Went out and closed up the first trap that caught a swarm about week ago, and just pu...
05/04/2021

Swarm number two on the same post! Went out and closed up the first trap that caught a swarm about week ago, and just put an empty swarm trap right in its place. Homeowner sent me this today! I may be cheating though, as I know there is a colony in a big tree on the property that survived the winter. Either way, 2 swarms in a little over a week is a win!

Swarm number two on the same post! Went out and closed up the first trap that caught a swarm about week ago, and just put an empty swarm trap right in its place. Homeowner sent me this today! I may be cheating though, as I know there is a colony in a big tree on the property that survived the winter. Either way, 2 swarms in a little over a week is a win!

First swarm of the season appears to be in the trap. This trap was hung a few weeks ago, but the homeowner just said the...
04/25/2021

First swarm of the season appears to be in the trap. This trap was hung a few weeks ago, but the homeowner just said they showed up today. I believe with this warm weather coming up this week, I may be getting quite a few more messages from homeowners hosting our swarm traps :)

First swarm of the season appears to be in the trap. This trap was hung a few weeks ago, but the homeowner just said they showed up today. I believe with this warm weather coming up this week, I may be getting quite a few more messages from homeowners hosting our swarm traps :)

If you see some thing like this, don't panic.... just stay calm and call a beekeeper :)
04/24/2021

If you see some thing like this, don't panic.... just stay calm and call a beekeeper :)

Did we mention it is honey bee swarm season? Check out this massive swarm that landed on an employees car at the Castle Shannon Post Office in Pittsburgh! They were safely captured and re-homed !

Just a girl and her favorite flower.... for today at least :)
04/15/2021

Just a girl and her favorite flower.... for today at least :)

Always get asked how I know which one the queen is... there is a queen in each of these pics..... it's easy for me to pi...
04/11/2021

Always get asked how I know which one the queen is... there is a queen in each of these pics..... it's easy for me to pick em out now, but certainly was not when I first started. The other thing to keep in mind here is that, you know the queen is somewhere in the picture, when going through a colony she could be anywhere.

First swarm traps are hung for the season! If you are interested in hosting one on your property. Reach out to us :) I h...
04/08/2021

First swarm traps are hung for the season! If you are interested in hosting one on your property. Reach out to us :) I have about 10 more that need homes.

Getting close to swarm season everyone! Keep a look out for large tornados of bees flying through the sky or balls of be...
04/05/2021

Getting close to swarm season everyone! Keep a look out for large tornados of bees flying through the sky or balls of bees hanging from branches like pictured. If you see something like this, please reach out on here or call/text me (Shawn, 717-688-1533). I will do my best to get there and get them or get another beekeeper. Remember, honeybee swarms are generally very docile, and are only in this phase for a short period of time before they move on to their new permanent home. That new permanent home could be in the wall of your house though, which is why it's important to try to collect them when they are in this state. If you notice bees coming and going from a hole in your house or barn/shed you can also reach out and I can potentially help with that. Spread the word! Thanks friends.

Getting down to the last few jars of last seasons honey folks. We will not have more available until July/August time-fr...
04/05/2021

Getting down to the last few jars of last seasons honey folks. We will not have more available until July/August time-frame. So if anyone needs some to get you to that point, send us a message. We have our other products available as well. 😁

02/24/2021

Bees say.... nom, nom, nom!

We have made another batch of this, so it is available again! Comment or message us to place your order, thanks!
02/22/2021

We have made another batch of this, so it is available again! Comment or message us to place your order, thanks!

Another batch of our home made cold process soap is ready :) We have added something geared a little more to the men in ...
01/23/2021

Another batch of our home made cold process soap is ready :) We have added something geared a little more to the men in this batch. The yellow colored soap is our normal orange/clove/cinnamon scent. The black color is bourboned to***co and has activated charcoal. The base oils are the same, olive, palm and coconut. They both also contain honey and beeswax from our hives. $5 per ~5oz bar.

Crazy Brood Bees Honey and Wax Cream. This cream is a rich mix of Grapeseed, Apricot, Jojoba, and Coconut oils. We add o...
12/22/2020

Crazy Brood Bees Honey and Wax Cream. This cream is a rich mix of Grapeseed, Apricot, Jojoba, and Coconut oils. We add our beeswax, honey and fortify with Vitamin E oil. This batch is scented with lavender and sage essential oils. We have received great feedback from a lot who have tried it as they have returned enough for us to post it officially on our page. 2oz containers are $10.

Still have plenty of honey available. Our creamed honey is starting to move pretty quick. We have some beeswax candles s...
12/16/2020

Still have plenty of honey available. Our creamed honey is starting to move pretty quick. We have some beeswax candles still as well as our cold process soap made with our honey and beeswax. Send us a message with any questions or to set up a time to stop by and stock up. Thanks everyone!

Something new from Crazy Brood Bees this year, Creamed Honey 🙂 For those who are unfamiliar, creamed honey is a spreadab...
12/12/2020

Something new from Crazy Brood Bees this year, Creamed Honey 🙂 For those who are unfamiliar, creamed honey is a spreadable smooth crystalized honey. So for those who love to put honey on toast, biscuits or sandwiches this may be the game changer you've been waiting for. These are 12oz jars, $12 ea. Send us a message if interested. Thanks everyone!

Cold process soap made with our honey and beeswax :) This soap is scented with orange, clove and cinnamon bark oils. It ...
10/01/2020

Cold process soap made with our honey and beeswax :) This soap is scented with orange, clove and cinnamon bark oils. It is made with olive, coconut and palm oils. It has become an in home favorite! Each bar is ~5oz for $5. Comment below or message us if interested. Thanks!

We still have plenty of honey available. We recently bottled a bunch more 1lb jars for those who wanted them :) Just mes...
10/01/2020

We still have plenty of honey available. We recently bottled a bunch more 1lb jars for those who wanted them :) Just message us if you need some. $15 for 2lb jars and $8 for 1lb jars. Thanks everyone!

Pure Beeswax Candles. These are made from the wax we remove from the honeycombs during the honey extraction process. Onc...
09/28/2020

Pure Beeswax Candles. These are made from the wax we remove from the honeycombs during the honey extraction process. Once the honey is drained, we melt down the cappings and strain and then filter out all the debris. This leaves us with pure untreated beeswax :)

Skep (~3 oz, 2.75 x 2") = $6
Buzzing Bees Cylinder (~8 oz, 2.75" x 2.75") = $12
Honeycomb Cylinder (~10oz, 4.75" x 2.25") = $15

These are soy wax candles :) Scented with Pumpkin Roll (orange color) and Pumkin Pie Spice (white) fragrance oil. Single...
09/26/2020

These are soy wax candles :) Scented with Pumpkin Roll (orange color) and Pumkin Pie Spice (white) fragrance oil. Single wick 16oz candles. $10 per candle. More scents to come with the different seasons :)

Note: These are not beeswax candles

We have 10 cuts left. This will be it for cut comb  until next summer :) First come first serve. $12 a piece...... Updat...
09/25/2020

We have 10 cuts left. This will be it for cut comb until next summer :) First come first serve. $12 a piece...... Update: We are officially sold out of cut comb honey folks! Thanks everyone!

Some of the girls working the golden rod that finally decided to open up. This is the nectar and pollen that the bees wi...
09/13/2020

Some of the girls working the golden rod that finally decided to open up. This is the nectar and pollen that the bees will use to raise their winter brood nest on and hopefully pack some honey away for winter stores.

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Best Honey around!! Perfectly sweet and delicious. Love Love Love!!