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Map of Current Hive Locations

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Our Bees

All of our bees are captured feral swarms. Most beekeepers purchase package bees that come from California. We believe that local feral bees are the ideal choice as they have proven to be mite and disease resistant, and acclimated to our climate. 

Our Pueblo West apiary

Our Principles and Practices

All of our hives are treatment free and maintained in a sustainable, bee focused manner. This means that we do not use chemicals to treat for disease, we allow bees to draw comb in foundationless frames, never overharvest honey, and only feed if absolutely necessary.

It is common for beekeepers to place harsh chemicals into their hives to kill mites or other pests. When applying these chemicals, the beekeeper must wear respirators so as not to breath in any of the vapors. These chemicals, although legal, are exposed to the bees, wax and honey stores that are in turn sold in stores and Farmers' Markets.

We believe in keeping bees that will benefit the environment. To us, prophylactic disease and mite treatment only lends itself to overall weaker populations. We want strong survivor bees, ones that exist without any treatment, and are thus naturally disease and mite resistant.

We never use chemicals in our hives, so our honey, pollen and wax for our customers
Certified Naturally Grown and family is as pure and natural as possible. Because of our practices, we are proud to say that all of our hives are Certified Naturally Grown.

Records 

As of June 28, 2017, we have 11 hives in 7 locations. In an effort to track our hives better, and share with you, we have created this section listing all of our hives and supporting records and documents. This is a great place to learn about our hives, our beekeeping practices, our successes and mistakes.

Hives are named by the year the originated, and the number of hives for that year. So Hive 16-01 was the first hive in 2016, and Hive 16-02 was the second hive of 2016.

Hive 16-01- Swarm capture. No longer active. Bees disappeared over 2016-2017 winter.

Hive 16-02Swarm capture. Host-A-Hive located in northern Pueblo County

Hive 16-03Swarm capture. Located in Pueblo West

Hive 16-04Swarm capture. Located in Pueblo West

Hive 16-05Swarm capture. Host-A-Hive located in Pueblo County.

Hive 16-06- No longer active. Combined with Hive 5

Hive 17-01- Split from 16-02. Host-A-Hive located in Pueblo West. 

Hive 17-02- Split from 16-03. Host-A-Hive located in Penrose 

Hive 17-03- Split from 16-04. Host-A-Hive located in Penrose 

Hive 17-04- Split from 16-05. Host-A-Hive located in Pueblo County. 

Hive 17-05- Split from 16-05. No longer active, robbed out. 

Hive 17-06No longer active. Combined with 16-04.

Hive 17-07No longer active. Combined with 17-09.

Hive 17-08Split from 16-05. Host-A-Hive located in Pueblo West.

Hive 17-09- New hive from the first 2017 swarm capture. Failed to successfully requeen after making an split for an emergency queen for another hive. Remained queenless, with laying worker, thus combined with a small queenright hive. 

Hive 17-10- Swarm capture in Beulah. Currently a Teaching Hive on the Broadmoor Golf Course. 

Timeline

February 7, 2017- Apiary certification:  Certified Naturally Grown

April 13, 2017- Splits made with On The Spot Queen Rearing technique. See 2017 Hive Management Schedule. 

April 20, 2017- Requeened hives with queen cells from 16-05. Created 4 new hives with extra queen cells.