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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 ...
 
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Consider this a reminder that to love and to be loved is the most important thing there is in this world. In his own words and from his personal trials, John takes us on a somber tribute to those people in our lives we have lost over the past year, and a reminder to those left behind that you are not alone. Always bee kind to one another!…
 
(Original Air Date: May 28th, 2020) Its time for another Random Clips episode. Just like the title implies, these clips are random and don't necessarily have anything to do with one another. They are all items that originally were left on the cutting room floor and didn’t make the final version. But now you can hear some of these behind the scenes …
 
(Original Air Date: May 21st, 2020) In this bonus episode John continues his rant from the main segment about the irresponsible beekeeper and the chaos the "Bad Bees" caused; while Ken recounts the rest of the story of Max’s attempt at catching and dispatching with a bad queen, and tries to keep straight all the different races of queens they now h…
 
(Original Air Date: April 23rd, 2020) While we continue our Quarantines with horrible audio quality, Ken has been working on more trap-outs from old oak trees that are going to be knocked down and Max is still putting up swarm traps around the land. Ken still has the swarm commander in this truck, of course, and John has something to say about that…
 
For our 9th installment of the Natural Beekeeping Corner, Nathalie is again joined by Les Crowder as the pair discuss ideas based on an article from 2020 titled “Natural Selection, Selective Breeding, and Evolution of Resistance of Honey Bees – Apis Mellifera – against Varro.” Do the findings of the article line up with Les’ view points on natural …
 
The social distancing and lock-down of Austin continues, so the guys carry on with their telecommute remote broadcast… In this episode they discuss some of the various projects that Ken and Max has gotten themselves into, including a Trap Out of a couple different colonies. John gives a bit more insight into how that type of process really works. T…
 
In this latest edition of the Natural Beekeeping Corner, Les Crowder joins Nathalie for a chat about Hive Intensity Thresholds verses available forage in a region. The pair also discuss some aspects of how important the queen is to your natural beekeeping practices, as well as a plea for beekeepers to resist the urge to purchase and resale honey fr…
 
We continue our conversation with Mary Reed, Chief Apiary Inspector for the state of Texas where we join the gang amid a fit of laughter. All bets are off pretty much right from the start as the group tries to compose themselves. But, there are some great bits of information that sneaks in there between the outburst of laughter. Oh, and did we ment…
 
What happens when you take the motor cowling from an 85 horsepower V4 Johnson outboard boat motor and turn it into a swarm trap? Well, we don’t actually know. However, Ken and his son Max are willing to find out! Tune in now as Ken and John discuss this, and a few other random topics to round out a truly random bonus episode. (Original Air Date: Ma…
 
Bees employ various strategies in order to fend off pest and diseases. Join Nathalie as she discusses how bees do this naturally at both the colony and individual level and how this understanding can help you choose bees that will give you the best chances of success in your natural beekeeping endeavors.…
 
Grab yourself a slice of strawberry cake and pull up a chair while Ken and John ramble on. Did you know that a bad combo of bee genetics can be the cause of a spotty brood pattern? Could Ken finally get his Bahama Mama? You’ll have to go brave the DropBears to find an Australian Penguin in order to get the answers. Well, that… or you could just tun…
 
Join John and Ken in cabin 13 just off the shore of lake Buchanan as they discuss Ken's absence from the last main episode, his surgery, and him missing out on all the studio fun. This includes a little PSA for Men and prostate issues. Ken also gets to taste the Jerrabomberra Urban Honey for the first time. For longtime listeners of the show, this …
 
(Original Air Date: Jan 30th, 2020) In a fully hyped-up caffeinated sugar high type of morning, the guys are in rare form. They run through a series of seemingly unrelated (though mostly bee related) topics from commercial beekeeping routes, to pesticide usage, and even a couple of rants about social media influences who do more of a disservice to …
 
In this 6th segment of our Natural Beekeeping Corner, Nathalie talks about some of the key factors that are often attributed to honey bee colony decline… namely Varroa Mites and Viruses. However, could there be more to it than just that? Nathalie challenges you to look beyond the forest, so to speak, and think a little bit about the unintended cons…
 
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