Archive for March, 2011

Skunks and Hand Grenades


A fun tongue-in-cheek April fools video.

Don’t take this video seriously.

More Swarm Traps Deployed – Queen Rearing Failure


Deployed two swarm traps at Bertils place, and two at secret location of Kcets, and two near HS. Only have 5 traps left to place out of 30.  Found 1 old trap at HS that had been busted open. Looks like the pest of Teenagerus Destructor. Might have to hang higher if in their territory.


The first batch of queen cells I put in for rearing on the Bloody Mary hive were destroyed. Looks like I missed a queen cell Bloody Mary had and it hatched first and destroyed mine.  Not laying eggs yet. I started another batch 3-23-11 on the left Lang hive. Hoping for the best.   As a backup, I made 3 splits off of the red hive. I really like those bees, calm and disease resistant. 5.1 mm cell builder.Queen Rearing Early March - Graftless method

SXSW and the YouTube Party


So this is a special insight into my beekeeping YouTube world.

Yea, so this isn’t a beekeeping update, but some of you might get a kick out of this.   As per my last post, I was invited to a YouTube party for Partners only (Thanks to all my subscribers on OutOfaBlueSky !) at the SXSW event in Austin.

I joked to the YT staff that I would wear my beesuit to the gathering and they immediately encouraged me. So I did. The YT staff thought it was great. Anyway, here is a short video at the party hanging out with some guys from the “Killing Zombies”  channel.


YouTube Partner Party


Hey folks!  I’ve been honored to be invited by YouTube to a secret YouTube Partner party. I’m not even allowed to bring my wife, let alone friends.

NY YouTube meetup

Its being held at SXSW in Austin, Texas which is damn convenient as I live 20 miles from the secret location.  It looks like there will only two or three dozen partners invited, so kind of a cool elite club.  I joked that I might where my beesuit, and the YouTube representative immediately suggested I should. If only they knew how grubby it was. Currently washing and bleaching it.


So beware the Ides of March, my friend. This beekeeper is off to SXSW with a beesuit on!

Spring! Finally here!


Spring has pulled up to my part of Texas. Oak trees are beginning to bud, that is my indicator that swarm traps need to be deployed. My earliest known swarm is March 1.
Swarm traps for the spring

Notes to self:
Friday, I deployed 3 traps at the homestead, 1,2,3 and three more nearby 11, 12, 4. I also recovered 2 crashed traps from last year, one near the waterworks that merely fell, the other smashed by teenagers, I presume. Both were refurbed, numbered 5 & 6, baited and left outside to deploy to the 4plex.
I need to knock together 100 more deep frames. I forgot how much time those buggers take, remind me to buy pre-built next year.  That still leaves me with 20 that need to be deployed between the outyard and secret locations Alpha and Bravo.


update: Sunday deployed traps 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 around the main outyard. GPSed all locations Using Txx nomenclature.  Also deployed traps 5&6 at the mad Frenchman’s house. Both GPSed.
March 16 – 7&8 rebaited at hideouts.