December 1, 2010
For anyone who ever wanted to have their own private honey supply or raise a garden that was the envy of the neighborhood, read on!
The “Organic Beekeeping 101” DVD is now available!
When you log on to http://im4bees.com/ and buy the DVD on Friday, December 3, between 6am until midnight, I have arranged for you to receive a bunch of valuable bonus gifts. The bonus items won’t cost you a thing, and are available ONLY as a “Thank You” on Friday!
With this DVD, you will get an up-close and personal look at the lives of bees – some of nature’s most fascinating (and often misunderstood) insects. You’ll also discover why the bee’s survival is so critical to our own. And you’ll realize that anyone (even you) can have a hive that thrives. All you need to do is follow Randy Sue’s excellent, easy-to-understand advice.
Remember this Friday, Dec. 3rd from 6am until midnight log on to http://im4bees.com/ and follow the instructions!
It makes a GREAT gift too!
Check out OrganicBeekeeping101.com too!
September 27, 2010
I am excited to report that the “Organic Beekeeping 101” class is scheduled and ready for sign ups!
In this class you will learn how to raise bees naturally, in a stress-free environment. I will cover Why Keep Bees? Where to Keep Bees? How to get Bees? and How to Take Care of Bees? once you have them.
Also where to get your equipment, the costs, how much time’s involved, and how to put it all together.
To sign up for the class, please click on the link below! Hope to see you there!
Also I’m proud to announce that the new DVD, “Organic Beekeeping 101 with Randy Sue” will be available before Christmas. This beautifully filmed program covers everything you need to know to keep bees the natural way.
For the bees,
September 3, 2010
I spent 2 days making this video and loved every minute of it!
Also, currently in production is my soon-to-be-released Beekeeping for Beginners DVD! Stay tuned for updates on that. It will be available before Christmas.
June 13, 2010
The new patent pending Hex Hive ™ is here!
Completely assembled. Just add bees!
Each custom built Hex Hive™ is a sculptural
piece of garden art as well as a functional bee
The Hex Hive™ system comes complete with a
Screened Bottom Box, Brood Chamber Super
filled with frames, three Honey Supers filled
with frames and the combination Ventilated
Inner Cover and Peaked Roof.
All the components stack neatly on top of one
another and the roof fits snugly on top.
My inspiration for the Hex Hive™ came from
asking myself, “What kind of hive could I
make that would be close to a natural, wild hive
usually found in a cylindrical tree branch?”
The inspirational design of the Hex Hive™
also duplicates the shape of the cell in the comb
the bees build for themselves.
To purchase go to: HexHive.org
October 5, 2009
I designed the hexagonal hive (Hex Hive for short) because I believe the shape to be in closer harmony with the bees than the traditional square box hives.
I thought, “What kind of hive could I make that would be as close to a natural, wild hive usually found in a circular tree branch?” I was inspired to design the Hex Hive because it’s the same shape as the comb the bees build.
I have experienced, on numerous occasions, a measurable difference in the bee’s behavior from those living in the hex hive vs. those living in the traditional square boxes. At various times of the day, I have inspected both types of hives and found that more often than not, the bees in the square boxes responded very angry and aggressive when I lifted the lid while the colony in the hex hive was ALWAYS gentle and acted as if all was well in their world.
I prefer to not use smoke on my bees and I am pleased that I have NEVER needed to use smoke on the hex hive. Most beekeepers claim that using smoke calms the bees down, but what actually happens when a beekeeper blows smoke into a hive is the bees are forced into an emergency state of being. They are being fooled into thinking there is a fire and that they may need to evacuate their hive, so they start gorging on as much honey as they can consume. Their attention is taken off the intrusive beekeeper and put onto the task of collecting as much food as they can in case they have to leave their home. This state they’re in allows the beekeeper to inspect the hive without many bees trying to sting them.
I believe the bees take a considerable time to recover from this stressful state after they have been smoked. I have vowed to be as unintrusive as possible with the bees under my care, and I want to do everything possible to not stress them out, so smoke was the second thing I’ve stopped using in my hives. The first thing I’ve done away with was plastic foundation in my frames. I let the bees make all their own comb, but this is material for another post.
I’m working with a carpenter to build the hex hives I designed and the latest addition to this new hive design is a beautiful roof.
I will be offering them for sale very soon. And when they go on the market, there will be two different roof materials to choose from, wood shingles or roofing shingles.
Here are the protoypes of the roofs.
More to come as soon as I have all the pricing and info available!
August 7, 2009
In honor of: National Honeybee Awareness Day
Discover the Secret Life of Bees!
Through lecture and Q&A, local beekeeper, Randy Sue Collins, will take you inside the beehive to meet and greet our fuzzy friends so that you may better understand these amazing animals and why the planet depends on them for survival.
After the talk, there will be a short, walking tour uncovering several hidden beehives in the neighborhood, some wild, some not.
Wear comfortable shoes!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Kenwood Farmhouse, 9255 Hwy 12, Kenwood, CA
$20 per person
Register at Swede’s Feeds (707) 833-5050 or the Kenwood Farmhouse (707) 833-1212