Blossomland Bee Supply consults on all aspects of apiary management that concern the agricultural grower or beekeeper, including:
Environmental importance of honeybees
Honeybees have long been studied by major universities and the US Department of Agriculture. Their impact on agricultural crop productivity is immense and has been measured quantifiable for some time. Honeybees' impact on the rest of the environment is undoubtedly more immense, as there is no other insect that is as efficient and effective a pollinator. As pollination is the cornerstone of flowering plant reproduction, the value to our environment of the "champion pollinator" should not be underestimated. See what Einstein thought about this subject.
Honeybee pollination impact on agricultural productivity
According to the latest study by Cornell University, "For all of United States agriculture, the marginal increase in the value attributable to honey bees -- that is, the value of the increased yield and quality achieved through pollination by honey bees alone ... is $14.6 billion today ..." Many common cash crops are 80-100% dependent on honeybees for their pollination. Pollination rates determine not only yield but also the quality of agricultural products, so the amazing honeybee is critical to agricultural production.
Apiary (Bee Yard or Apiary installation)
Installing an apiary is a fun but tedious task that involves lots of detailed planning, organization, and just plain old hard work. Everything from selecting a site to bottling the honey, and the many tasks in between, goes into effectively managing an apiary. Installing the apiary correctly from the beginning is critical to the success of the hives and to your realizing the benefits of having your own amazing honeybees. If you are a "do-it-yourselfer" who is interested in private beekeeping, we can get you started.
Local ordinances and regulations regarding honeybees
Because of fear and ignorance, many city municipalities have passed laws making it illegal to keep bees within city limits. While we and many others have quite successfully and safely managed apiaries within cities where these sorts of regulations weren't in place, people still want to cling to the misconceptions of the "killer bee" they are given by Hollywood and Madison Avenue. We can direct you to information regarding the laws in your own city that regulate your ability to have an apiary on your own property. We can also discuss with you the issues about hive-transportation quarantines that have recently come into effect as a result of the African Honey Bee (AHB), for those who may be considering moving their hives.
Bottle your own honey!
If you want to harvest and package the honey yourself, we can show you how. We cover all the details from "robbing" the hives to sticking the labels on the bottles -- we just won't squeeze the honey onto your biscuits for you! We can even give you recipes that use honey, beeswax and propolis, which you and your family can enjoy together.
Disease Diagnosis and Medication
In the past two decades, the United States has suffered over a 90% reduction in the population of naturally-occurring (feral) honeybees, which previously had accounted for a significant portion of agricultural pollination. And for the last three years we have lost over 50% per year of the managed colonies. This ecological and economic tragedy is partly due to new diseases and pests introduced into the US from foreign sources. Without proper apiary management to control disease and parasites, honeybees will effectively become extinct. Various methods have been proven effective in the treatment and prevention of the deadly conditions that threaten the beautiful bee, and ongoing research and apiary management is needed to ensure their survival.
Controlling natural predators and pests
We aren't the only creature that enjoys the honeybee! Various other critters like ants, bears, raccoons, mice and skunks, just to name a few, love bees and the sweet stuff they make. Various preventative steps are needed to protect the little bees and their precious storehouses from the invasions of naturally inquisitive, hungry and destructive pests. Bee behavior, habitat and other fascinating facts
Honeybees are naturally gentle, docile creatures, who become dangerous only when they believe their lives, home or family are threatened, just like you and I. Honeybees are also amazingly complex, social insects, whose design has resulted in an insect able to tirelessly perform an amazing quantity of work and produce incredible results. Given the right environment and care, honeybees reward us graciously with benefits we could never achieve without them.
Coping with harsh weather
Among the other factors that determine the success of the bee-hive, weather plays a critical role. Drought, constant rain and extreme temperatures are the most problematic weather factors that affect the health and success of honeybees. Effective apiary management takes all weather factors into account by planning for extreme and severe conditions to ensure the success of the hives.
Blossomland Bee Supply offers hive management and consulting for beekeepers throughout the SW Michigan & NW Indiana area. For hands-on help, Blossomland offers beehive management consulting throughout the SW Michigan area. If you've got a horizontal top bar hive, Warre hive, Langstroth hive or anything in between, we can help. Schedule an appointment and Phil will personally visit your hive(s) and assist with anything you may need.
$85 for the first hour
$35 for each additional hour
Additional charges may apply for locations more than 20 miles from Buchanan, MI.