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What happens when you take a professional Fishing Guide, pair him with a Master Beekeeper, and throw in some Texas Red Headed Mutt Honeybees? Well, we are about to find out! Ken Milam, host of The Great Outdoors & Sunday Sportsman radio shows, and professional fishing guide, has decided that he thinks he’d like to start keeping bees. Problem is, he has absolutely no idea where to start. Enter John Swan, owner of Wicked Bee, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. Together they are going to embark on a beekeeping journey as Ken learns all there is to know about honeybees and the art of beekeeping. Tune in to the podcast and join them on their journey, and see what all trouble they manage to get themselves into along the way. New episodes are released the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month with additional bonus episodes scattered throughout.

The Hive Jive - Beekeeping Podcast John Swan; Ken Milam

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    • 4.8, 67 Ratings

What happens when you take a professional Fishing Guide, pair him with a Master Beekeeper, and throw in some Texas Red Headed Mutt Honeybees? Well, we are about to find out! Ken Milam, host of The Great Outdoors & Sunday Sportsman radio shows, and professional fishing guide, has decided that he thinks he’d like to start keeping bees. Problem is, he has absolutely no idea where to start. Enter John Swan, owner of Wicked Bee, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. Together they are going to embark on a beekeeping journey as Ken learns all there is to know about honeybees and the art of beekeeping. Tune in to the podcast and join them on their journey, and see what all trouble they manage to get themselves into along the way. New episodes are released the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month with additional bonus episodes scattered throughout.

    069 - The Return of the Summer Dearth

    069 - The Return of the Summer Dearth

    Oh my gawd its back again! (The summer dearth that is...) John reminds us that most things in beekeeping are cyclical and points to a couple of episodes from year one of the podcast that can help you through this tough spot of summer. The guys also tackle a few listener questions from Becca, Tim, and Rachel.

    • 51 min
    068 - Lessons Learned

    068 - Lessons Learned

    John checks in with Ken to see how things are going so far. Has Ken finally learned his lesson about not being a Front Porch Beekeeper? We’ve heard a lot about how many new colonies have been acquired by either swarm capture or water meter removals, but how many colonies have been lost this year? Let’s see what answers are to be had…

    • 30 min
    067 - The Bees Choice

    067 - The Bees Choice

    In this episode the guys discuss a few listener stories regarding bee stings, as well as some YouTube videos about Honey Bees Choosing what they prefer. Tune in now to catch the buzz!

    • 35 min
    066 - One Last Hail Mary

    066 - One Last Hail Mary

    In this episode John adds a couple of after-thoughts to the previous honey extracting episode. Also the guys discuss some of the findings from John’s recent visit up to see Ken’s hives and their Hail Mary attempt to salvage what they could.

    • 35 min
    065 - The First Honey Harvest

    065 - The First Honey Harvest

    This episode has been a year in the making for those of you who have been following alongside the podcast in time with your own beekeeping journey. And, if everything has gone well, and mother nature was kind to you and your bees, hopefully it is time for your first legitimate honey harvest!! Tune in now as John walks us through the concept of the honey harvest and extraction process.

    • 45 min
    064 - Hives for Heroes

    064 - Hives for Heroes

    John sits down with Steve Jimenez from Hives for Heroes to discuss the important work that they are doing to help save veteran’s lives, and rescue bees in the process. There are countless heroes out there who come back to a world they don’t often relate to any longer. They struggle to cope with the things they have seen and done and they fall victim to the effects of PTSD. Often these individuals fall through the cracks in our society, and they slip away. This is a sad and unfortunate reality for many veterans and members of the armed forces, and it is a reality that amazing organizations like Hives for Heroes is working tirelessly to correct.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

sierra beek ,

Owner / operator K&K Apiculture

Great show guys . And John just so you know my bees work Indian paint brush here by Yosemite.. they must have plenty other stuff going on down there for them to not bother in your area.. thanks again guys and keep up the awesome job !!!

crystalbeeg ,

Found my new favorite hobby (other than bees)

Love listening to you guys! So much information!!!!!

ellenwheels ,

The Hive Jive

Very informative podcast! Information delivered in an easy to understand and entertaining manner. Always look forward to it on Mondays! I have found myself going back and listening again as I encounter things with my colonies. Thank you for what you do!

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