27 episodes

Short, in-depth review of all things honey bees with hosts, Kim Flottum and Jim Tew

Honey Bee Obscura Podcast Kim Flottum, Jim Tew

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    • 5.0 • 43 Ratings

Short, in-depth review of all things honey bees with hosts, Kim Flottum and Jim Tew

    Euthanizing Honey Bees (027)

    Euthanizing Honey Bees (027)

    It is rare, but it does happen when you have no choice but to euthanize an entire colony. Even the most hardened beekeeper finds this a sad and distasteful task. How does a beekeeper 'put down' an entire colony due to disease or hive aggressiveness? In this episode, Kim and Jim discuss the why and how this can be completed.

    • 11 min
    Beekeeping Good Neighbor Golden Rules

    Beekeeping Good Neighbor Golden Rules

    Unless you live in the middle of a deserted island and keep bees, you will have to contend with encounters between your bees and your neighbors. In this episode, Kim & Jim discuss beekeepings Good Neighbor Golden Rules!

    • 13 min
    Package Queens

    Package Queens

    Packages arrive with a queen and together are installed in a hive of some kind. How can one tell if she is good, bad or.. something in-between? Kim & Jim discuss package queens!

    • 10 min
    Questions from 1910

    Questions from 1910

    Beekeeper's questions have changed over the years, haven't they? Kim and Jim check out a book from 1910 to find out! Listen today to hear what they learned!

    • 13 min
    Tanging - What's All That Banging? (023)

    Tanging - What's All That Banging? (023)

    In this episode of Honey Bee Obscura, Kim & Jim discuss the old swarm capturing technique of "tanging." Does it work? Is it done today? Listen in to find out!

    • 12 min
    Plastic & Wooden Packages (022)

    Plastic & Wooden Packages (022)

    If you order bees online or from a magazine ad, your bees will arrive in a package of some sort: Either a screened wooden box or a plastic box. The wooden package hasn't changed its basic design in over 150 years... until the advent of the new plastic package. Which is better? Kim and Jim discuss them both in this episode!

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

A Brand New Beekeeper ,

Informative and thoughtful

I have learned so much from this podcast. Their laid back approach makes it enjoyable to listen to.

Newbee Dave ,

Relaxing voice of the Betterbee sponsor

Hi Jim and Kim, love the show but am really enjoying the lady’s voice who does the Betterbee sponsor, have you considered having her participate in the show a little, maybe just let her “add her 2 cents” to your observations?

Sincerely
Dave

Ewilliams2019 ,

Review

I love the relaxed conversations about bees, so much information that is out there about Bees is so complicated and makes you feel like you if you don’t do it a certain way it’s always wrong. These guys are making me feel a lot more relaxed about my beekeeping worries.

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