Topics we're known for Nationally
Personal Advisor program
Our #1 service, and for good reason. Beekeeping has a very high "learning curve". By having a dedicated coach and support system, we can reduce this terrible "learning curve" quickly and dramatically. We teach "our sustainable beekeeping system", through personal coaching, guidance and advice. This program typically lasts 5 to 8 years, and produces excellent Sustainable Beekeepers. Click the link to learn more; Personal Advisor program
Acquiring Bees, the Smart Way
You can't be a Beekeeper, without first having some good bees. We teach our students how to get Bees to come to THEM, versus having to go out & BUY the Bees. Since Bees are a "natural resource", we teach our students how to tap into this resource easily and never bee without good bees again. The competition for "buying" bees is hot and heavy. Therefore, we think it's much wiser to learn how to get great Bees to COME TO YOU, vs you having to BUY bees all the time. The advantages to this methodology and thinking are significant. Works nicely too!
We currently have 11 various Zoom classes, pre-recorded. This style of learning has become very important for many reasons. We don't all have time to dash off to a Bee Club meeting to learn. Pre-recorded Zoom classes allow you to control your personal timeline and save gas. If you'd like to look at the titles, here's the link; Past Zoom Classes Recorded
Essential Oil strategies
Ever since we started beekeeping in 2005, we learned how to use various Essential Oil strategies to knock out Mites and Beetles, at the same time, promote colony health. Proven over time, Essential Oils on bees is not new. We've even written an E-book on this topic; Essential Oil Strategies Handbook for Beekeepers
Year round teaching
There is much to learn in Beekeeping. We teach various beekeeping classes year round (6 classes total). We're heavy on the "teaching side" of beekeeping. You can't eat an elephant all in one bite. But rather, a small bite at a time, over time, you can accomplish the same goal. See our Bee Classes Schedule for current dates and times.
Pdf E-book series
Conveying what we do and how we do it, is best done in a pdf booklet, which we call a Handbook. With diagrams and pictures of various strategies, protocols and principles. This form of teaching has become popular with our students, as they can "refer back" to particular pieces of information for further study later. Some students will print out all 8 E-books and place in a 3-ring binder, and then tab out key chapters & sections. This handy reference book now becomes their "Sustainable Beekeeping manual". A smart idea. You can go to our "E-book Library" and learn more.
We've created hundreds of "field videos", as we work our bees. There's much to learn, as you watch an experienced beekeeper solve problems and move about the Apiary. Our primary channel; Ken Davis the Beekeeper. Our secondary channel; Little Creek Bee Ranch. Have a look & scroll through all the videos. I'm certain there's a lesson there that can help you. If not, just ask. We'll find it, and send the link to you. If we don't have it, we'll likely film it later. Keep in touch.
Apivox Smart Monitor app
We're the first Beekeeping operation in North America to operate & teach, how to use the Apivox Smart Monitor. We call this "Acoustic Beekeeping" and is very powerful. The Apivox is an app on our Android device, that can sync with our Bluetooth ear piece. The Bluetooth is then slipped into the front porch about 1", as we stand behind the colony and take Acoustic diagnostic readings. Much like you'd take your vehicle to the dealership mechanic for maintenance. They'll hook up your vehicle to a computer and in a few minutes tell you all about the operation of your vehicle. This is exactly what we're doing with the Apivox Smart Monitor. It will analyze the bees vibrations and interpret these sounds in the form of dials and graphs and give us a report and feedback. Apivox Smart Monitor is stunningly accurate and powerful. The knowledge we gain is significant, .... all without opening the hive! Apivox will tell me if the colony plans on Swarming soon, or not. If the colony is Queen right, or not. If they're building up big brood, or not. If they're putting up big honey, or not. If the colony is stressed by too much CO2 in winter time, or not. And much more. Don't be a doubter. We've been teaching Acoustic strategies using Apivox since July 2016. This is cutting edge, beekeeping technology. We've even had PhD Entomology professors visit us from Oklahoma State University, to watch us and learn. Needless to say, they were stunned. Want to learn more? Here's the link to the Acoustic Beekeeping page.
Solar Powered Ventilation
We commonly use 21 Solar Powered Ventilators on our production colonies to gain a greater honey volume and improve the health of the colony. Queens lay a much better brood pattern when there's better airflow. Want to learn more about Solar Powered Ventilation and why; BeeCoolVentilators
Sustainable Queen Rearing system
Raising some new Queens ought to be fun and exciting. Not tedious and stressful. We never use traditional grafting techniques to create good Queens. Everyone can raise some great Queens, once you learn some simple strategies to do so. Once learned, can never be taken away from you. Very nice! We've also written an E-book on this topic; Sustainable Queen Rearing
Non-Traditional Beekeeping practices
We employ various "non-traditional" beekeeping practices, that align more with how the bees operate, versus whatever is popular at the local bee club at the time. "Contrary beekeeping" is the phrase that comes to mind and fits best for our style of beekeeping practices.