The Hive Jive - Beekeeping Podcast

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 every Monday!

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In this episode the guys discuss some of the challenges this season has presented with some areas having a sparse nectar flow and the decisions that beekeepers might be faced with because of those cir...
July 26, 2021
In this round of listener questions we hear from Mike B., Jared M., Ben I., and Connor S.  Topics include how to not go broke doing removals, bees not drawing wax on foundation, using all deep boxes, ...
July 19, 2021
The guys have some corrections they need to make regarding speculations that were made in last week’s episodes.  It turns out not all of the pertinent information was provided regarding Ken’s recent H...
July 12, 2021
In this very extended episode, the guys go back and cover a few items that they had meant to include in previous episodes but kept forgetting.  Ken is up to his old tricks of pulling things out of lef...
July 5, 2021
Today the guys are prompted by Jacob to discuss some important questions you should ask if you are considering buying used equipment.  Ken has a question about swarm traps and direction the entrance s...
June 28, 2021
John and Ken talk about potentially relocating some of Ken’s swarms out to his remote property and implementing some selective breeding and re-queening.  John tells the story of a recent hive relocati...
June 21, 2021
A lot of drama has happened in the social media version of the beekeeping world while John was lost on a plane, so he gives us an update on the current backlash being experienced by a certain TikTok i...
June 14, 2021
In this fourth installment of the Natural Beekeeping Corner Nathalie takes us on a tour of “The Peoples Hives.”  What is this you ask?  Well, tune in now to find out what hive style this might be and ...
June 10, 2021
In this episode John elaborates on a recent listener question about queen math.  This leads into some discussion about queen rearing and a few tips and trip on using the Nicot queen rearing system.  T...
May 31, 2021
The guys discuss a recent news article about “Millions of Bees” dying after “being left in a UPS truck for weeks.”  Like many beekeepers our there, John and Ken have both had their own run-ins with sh...
May 24, 2021

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