You have many interesting videos. I enjoy viewing them.
I'm intrigued by your videos. This is a great ministry!
Jeff, I am a friend of Mark C and have enjoyed your web site. Here is an interesting link to a TED Talk you may enjoy.
It talks about the mite impact on bees and work being done at LSU.
Love your videos. One of them show the 5 gallon bucket bee feeders. Did you make them or purchase them. I'm interested in getting some of them for my bees too as I'm starting out too. Thanks!
Hey Wayne, thanks for leaving a comment.Yes I did make the feeder.What I did was simply drill a 1/2 inch hole in the top of the bucket and then siliconed some screen over it to prevent the bee from getting into the feeder. After filling the bucket with sugar water, I inverted it inside a large planter tray. As long a the lip of the tray is above the hole you drilled, the sugar water will not over spill the tray.After the tray fills with sugar water I put pine needles all around the feeder so the bees will not drown. If you like my videos they are all on you tube. Go to " Mr. Ed and the Abita bees " (for example) and then you can find all of my videos. If you subscribe to my channel you will get my videos whenever I make them. If you have other questions, feel free to ask. God's peace. Mr. Ed
Wow, God has blessed you immensely with the joy of bee keeping. Have been keeping bees for five years now with varied success, but it is always nice to see another type of ideas and ways of doing things, Great job. I wonder I have seen several clips of you building boxes, screened bottom boards and that kind of stuff, but how did you make and design your BeeVac and how do you know how much is too much suction?
Hey Randy, thanks for leaving a comment. I don't check the web page often and that's the reason for the delayed response. You are correct, God has blessed me and I am full of joy because of his grace, bee keeping is one of the graces He has given me. One aspect of bee keeping is a fact, just because something works for some does not mean it will work for you. Different areas of the country require different methods, some things are universal, but the fine points can differ vastly. When I speak about my method of bee keeping, I am applying it to the area I live in which is South east Louisiana. I have been keeping bee for more years than I care to admit, but have been serious about it now for about 5 years. The bee vac is a really GREAT tool. I got the design from you tube, here's the link: https://youtu.be/922gkjV3iqA This is the vac I built after trying 2 other designs with not much success. If you have basic wood working skills, anyone can build it. As far as the suction, there is a bleeder valve built in the vac which controls the suction. If there is to much suction, open the valve. If there's not enough, close it more. I run mine with just a little crack in it and have very few dead bees after vacuuming. Hope this helps and thank you for watching. I post all my videos on you tube so I really appreciate you coming to the web page.
Hi Jeff I Live in Covington and was a bee keeper for many Years with my Father we hade about ten hives on our property in Amite La. I saw the video on what the flood did to the hives. I would like to donate my bee supplies that I have (smoker bee boxes frames and a honey Extractor which is Manual with some bee books my Father passed away would like to offer this in remembrance of him. if you are interested I would like to meet you and set up a day I can bring the bee stuff to you. My number is 504 432 6646
I read the article in Slidell-Picayune dated Wednesday 12/14/2016 pg h7 about raising the bar on honey production. Great Article!!!
I believe the Abbey might be interested in this --- https://www.honeyflow.com/shop/flow-hive/flow-frames/p/131
which can be added to your existing hives to increase honey production!
K of C Council 2732 Member
above is another page of the previous website link I had sent. This link shows how the flow frames work within a hive. There are also videos that show how to modify existing hives to accept the flow frames.
Of course these flow frames take the fun out of harvesting the honey the old fashion way!!!
K of C Council 2732 Member
Thanks for your videos. I received my first hive Dec 2016 and knew nothing about bees. I have three now, one that is a swarm i caught and am nurturing it right now.,
I just started subscribing to your videos on YouTube. Every time I see you in the honey house, I can smell my grandfather's honey house back in the 1960s. He had an orange orchard in Florida and made orange blossom honey. Thanks for bringing back those memories!
Mr. Ed, you are the best. Thanks for saving the bees!
I'm pretty sure I have a 40 year old beehive that has probably accumulated in an 18 wheeler bed... they have taken residence in the hub cap and assume they are in the bed of it. There are millions of bees. Please come get them.
If you live within 40 miles of Covington, La., I will. You can reach me at
Hello Mr. Ed.. i really enjoy your videos.I'm really interested in becoming a beekeeper, I've been watching this" wild hive" under my shed now for a few years.they are an interesting insect..my questions are as follows. ( looking for as much help as possible.) what are "hive beetles? how can you tell if the hive is infected?..it looks like the colony is wet with honey.. how can you get rid of them? 2nd question... it is October in upstate New York and its getting colder so i don't want to move the colony. When is the best time to do so.. or could it be to late if it is infected with the beetles.
thank you for your time God Bless
I am a journalist based in LA and wanted to get in touch about doing a story on one of your videos - are you please able to drop me an email with best contact to get in touch?
Chris, you can contact me at my gmail account, email@example.com
I'm interested in what you are doing. God's peace.
Thank you for sharing your faith
Hi Mr Ed I have bees and do bee removals in L.A. California love your videos. I have a question I see you using a long knive on some cut outs is that a bread knive or meat carving I would love to get one like that
Hello Mr Ed, I just finished viewing two of your videos on making bottom boards. I find them to be very informative and helpful, thanks for sharing your skill. I'd like to add my name to the list of people who have asked for a copy of the plans of the bottom boards
Thanks, keep doing what you're doing
Mr. Ed. When you set out a swarm trap. How often do you re-bait it. with lemon grass oil. Thanks
Hi Mr. Ed. I am a new beek, in as much as I have a bee hive, but no bees as of yet. I live in Norco, and was wondering if you know of anyone who in this area who would be willing to mentor an eager student? Any advise would be much appreciated. Sincerely, Leslie
Love your videos on bees AND woodworking, what a great setup up you have! I live on a 120 acre farm south of Amite and was wondering if you knew anybody that wanted to put some bee hives on our property. We have tons of clover, wildflowers and will soon have nearly an acre of vegetable gardens, but no time to keep bees, too many projects! This is a "NO MONSANTO ZONE", we use zero pesticides or herbicides and rely on "God's Way" by using fennel, basil, hot peppers, and such to protect the garden. The bees don't seem to mind, they are all over the garden! BTW, the vast majority of our surplus vegetables are going to the Hope Center in Roseland, which provides food to those in need.
Keep up the GREAT work and keep the videos comng!
Helllloooooo Mr. Ed,
My name is Bobby Rodriguez and I am a father of 2 kids and a children's pastor here in Dallas Texas. We are heading to Destin Florida for vacation on July 20th or 21st. I was wondering if we could come visit and say "helllllooooo." :)
My wife and daughter are only mildly interested in bees but my 6 yr old son and myself have spent dozens of hours watching your videos. We have learned so much from you and I would like to meet you in person to say thank you for all that you have done to teach me to love and care for my bees.
Would it be possible to stop by and maybe see the abbey?
My phone number is 214-497-3515 if you would like to talk about a short visit.
Thank you in advance
I love to watch your videos even if I have nothing to do with bee keeping. I just found out that in greece beekeepers lay icons in the hives and the bees spare out the faces and sometimes the blessing hands in their honeycombs.
Here is the link:
I read that one beekeeper did this 12 years ago and since then do this a lot of people and even the monks of the Holy Mount Athos.
Thanks, Jeff, for doing what you do. I know it’s truly a ministry and dear to your heart because it shows. I love watching the videos and get disappointed when I have to wait for new ones to come out..lol. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless your endeavors.
In the bee vac that you made you indicated that you were looking for another yellow piece that connected the hose to the box. On the internet search for “blast gate”. I believe you might find something you could use.
Sorry I was also going to add that I truly have learned a lot from watch your and the Dirt Rooster’s videos. While I like the friendly competition between the two of you, the best part is when you find the queen and say “Thank You Jesus”.
Again, try Amazon for your blast gate. You will not fin the yellow one but with your wood working talent, I believe you will find one you can use.
You're a disgusting person. You act as though you're the bee savior but you're actually the bee enslaver. You profit off the bees. You are no friend to them. If you were doing these things to any other species we would look down on you, but because the enslavement of bees is normalized, you get away with it. I hope you aren't a Charlatan and actually believe in what Jesus said, that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Let me ask you, would you want someone to steal the food you provide for your children?
I thought you did a video a while back where you melted the capping and some excess honey in the steam kettle to separate them. I just acquired a steam kettle after looking for nearly a year; however, I can no longer find that video. Is it possible for you to recall the name so I can look it up?
Aloha, I enjoyed viewing your videos, Im building a curriculum about bee biology and Apiculture for schools in Maui, and Im asking for permission to use a part of your honey extraction video in one of the presentations in educational purposes only.
And Aloha to you as well Misa. I wanted to let you know that not only would it bee fine with me if you used a part of my honey extraction video for your educational purposes, I'm honored that you deem the work worthy for your selection.Please feel free to use any or all of the video, and if there are other videos that would be helpful for your purpose of educating and raising awareness of the necessity of bees, you are welcome to that as well. I would hope that you would keep me informed as to the use of my videos, and possibly show how they are being used. Also, if you would, please use my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org for any possible communications as it is the most reliable way of me receiving them. I wish you all the best in your endeavors. God's peace always.
Hello Mr Ed, Saw your video on youtube. I noticed honey bees flying all around the soffit of my house in Chalmette, LA today and wonder if you can offer some advice on how to remove them? My house has vinyl siding so it easy to remove panels of the soffit but don't want to risk getting stung? Thanks very much! Steve 1-504-271-3600
I've come searching for some dimensions on the steps of your hive rotations tool.
found your email in youtube and sent you a message
Would like to talk to you in person, Love your videos.
Sure, give me a call tomorrow, 985 710 0138
Hi I am a new be keeper. I have just caught a srawm . They are are all on the bottom. Will they go in the trap, how long will they stgay there before moving on? I had hoped they would go in the trap, and then I could just ove frames to hive. Being new to this am reluctant to shake them offf and try to get catch them in the hive. help thanks tim boudreaux
Hope everything is going well for you Jeff. Keep looking for the Bee Honey you have talked about selling. Can't find it. Would love to buy some this Summer. There a Link I missed?
God Bless you, your Family and everyone you work with. :)
Jeff, I so enjoy your videos, and the beautiful Louisiana outdoors! Much different from the western plains of KS, where I keep bees!
I am taking a beekeeping class thru University of Montana, and am writing essay on history of importance of beeswax to the Church. I would like to quote a paragraph on your Abbee Honey page--are you the author? And, if so, I read that you hoped to become a monk soon; has your name changed? Finally, as I find this subject so very interesting, the deeper I get into it; do you have any book recommendations on beekeeping in monasterys and abbeys in the middle ages?
Again, thank you for the time and energy you spend to make these videos. I direct my beginners to them (always with the caution, "Remember, that's Louisiana, this is Kansas!") because you explain things so well, in such a kind, friendly fashion.
Hope you're enjoying your bees! And thanks again!
God Bless you and what you do. I started with two gifted hives last year and have 6 now! More importantly you have become a joy in my life through your inspirational videos, infections personality, and humility that all things are through the grace of the Lord our Father and his Son Jesus Christ. No matter how stressful a day is I can decompress see the beauty of of Gods creation though your words and thoughts.
Continue to do what you do, you inspire, teach, entertain and share the gospel. Now let's ramble!
I want to start honey production back business in my home country Sudan. I ready know how to start and what machine I need buy, any advice!!!
I'm will to take classes if I have to.
How do I go about buying a jar of the honey? I watched enough of the videos, now it's time to taste what I been craving for some Abbey Honey.
I have been watching you & dirt rooster for a bit now, I'm new to bee keeping starting my second year now. I did my first cut out 3 weeks ago it would be nice to have a bee vac. I found beevac.com made them but they are not making any @ this time. I like the one you made do you make and sell them ??? Is it possible I could get one??? or do you know where i could get one like yours??
Hello Ed (Jeff)
My husband and I watch your youtube video's every night. We have learned so much. Please keep them coming. God Bless
Ed, what happens to the bees left behind when you move a hive?
I had an idea for your video related to the bee vac. If you got a one foot long section of clear lexan/acrylic tubing the same diameter as the hose, if you taped that into the hoseline at the bee box, it would be an interesting video shot that showed how many bees are being sucked up and going through the hose at once. Also maybe mount a camera to get a shot inside the bee vac of the bees getting sucked into the box itself showing how they are OK.
Have you ever addressed the africanized bee issue in your videos? I've seen quite a few and don't recall you mentioning it. We have them in Arizona (I was chased out of a cave entrance once by them south of Tucson) and I know they are in Texas. Wasn't sure if it is an issue in Louisiana for you. If you ever road trip to Arizona another interesting video would be you joining a bee keeper in this state who deals with africanized bees and if it is different from the bees you have in LA.
Thanks for the fun videos!
I am learning so much from you! Thank you for your kind and generous spirit. I am 76, live in Riverside, California, and still work full time as an engineer. I have 1 1/4 acre lot where I live with my lovely wife and best friend. We have a young, healthy organic fruit orchard with citrus and avocados.
In November we were graced by a large feral hive that has graced us with 5 beautiful swarms. With your help we managed to trap 4 of these in new 10 frame hives. Crazy as this sounds, while I’m writing this to you the 4th swarm moved in. I stood right with them as they moved in.
Kindest regards to you
You have a good friend in California
Hi Mr. Ed, I dedicated this YouTube video to you.
I need some Bee's wax for leather work. 1 to 2 pounds would be great at this time. Any suggestions as to a beekeeper to contact? Round Rock Honey in my area does not sell was :(
Hello Mr. Ed
Thanks for the videos . I have a question on swarm traps. I am having a lot of issues with fire ants making them there home. Had them in pine trees so I moved them to oak trees it hasn't helped. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
I think I have most everything I need to get started with beekeeping except the bees them self. I want this to be an educational exercise for our 3 children 1, 2 and 4 so they are familiar with something besides tv, smart phones or internet. I have 2 10 frame deep waxed frames to get started with. Any suggestions where to get the first 2 I need? We live in Inman, South Carolina. Rodney Middleton 864-357-2109
im sure you've been asked a million times, do you sell the honey and where can it be purchased. I just did a video showing my sons first honey harvest from his two hives. He started his bee hobby last year and this year we got about 42 lbs from 12 frames.
Curious about the status of your custom long hive, any updates?
Mr, Ed, hurricane is heading your way! Please keep yourself, all your friends, family and of course "the girls" safe! Be well and God bless!
Mr Ed I would just like to let you know how much that I really appreciate your you tube channel. I am just getting started into bee keeping ( 1 hive ) up in Clayton New York on the Saint Lawrence river. A place called the thousand islands. Ten miles from Canada. I have been able to learn a ton of stuff watching your Chanel. I am a agricultural technician by profession (35 years).my wife and I also run a road side vegetable stand. When the day comes that I decide to retire I hope to have a well established bee farm. My biggest problem is getting my bees to stay through the winter. We get temperatures of-20 very often but my bees seem to leave as it is just turning cold. Mid October. Any suggestions? I also really appreciate you giving thanks to God I was raised in a Roman Catholic home with a aunt that was a nun and a second cousin that is a priest and my faith is strong. I would like to hear a lot more people giving respect to God and not be afraid to do so. Thanks again for what you do.
Love your channel and videos!
Next time you do a class or group doing splits, my wife and I would love to join you to help and learn how it's done.
I live in Gulfport and I'm new to Bee Keeping,. My hive is a year old and the bees have been busy all winter. I have 2 medium brood boxes and a super which was full of honey when last I checked it 4 week ago. I want to split. I want to do an even split and have the bees replace the queenless box. Any advice of when and your choice of how. (3mile apart?).
Hi Jeff, I liked your latest video of the bees under the floor AGAIN you say that you could not save the comb as it was too soft. If you had used the method of mesh frames that I showed you you could have saved it all. I now that they are a bit time consuming to make but once you have made them and moved the bees of them you can recycle them and the wax and use them for ever. well worth making a set.
Keep up the good work,
I too use the TG 165. Have you had any troubles with the unit?
When I point the unit up towards a soffit, even on a cool day, it starts flashing colors.
Have you had this problem?
Not sure if you are still checking your messages here. Could not figure out how to send you a message via YouTube.
Just curious as to whether the monks have ever made any mead using some of your honey? We started keeping bees as a hobby & it didn't take long to end up with more honey than we knew what to do with so I have been using it to make mead for the last 4-5 years. Not sure if you drink, but if so, let me know and I will either drop some by the Abby for you, or I can mail you some if you give me an address.
We are beekeeping in Eastern Oregon and placing small hives in the forest to research what is causing the current decline in pollinators. We also outreach to an orphanage in Uganda with beekeeper who hopes to teach beekeeping to the young people. We are interested in possible co-operation between your abbey and the Church in Uganda to help make orphanages food self-reliant.
Mr Ed, We just put out an empty new deep hive box, with about 5 drops of lemon grass oil in it. Less than five (5) minutes there were bees checking the box out. Is this normal for november in san antonio tx?
I have been a follower of your presentation for a series of years, and receive great joy and smiles observing your activities. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. I am as well acting Educational Coordinator for the Red River Apiary Association a local club of about 180 members, and coordinate with the Provincial associations of Bee Keepers. Im interested in having you present to our associations (in a coordinated effort) to include hobbyist and commercial in a presentation that you would feel comfortable in presenting. I love your Spirit, countenance and observing a fellow bk work through their challenges (not always having the answers) is refreshing. Let me know if you are interested in possibly arranging a date in 2022 or possibly 2023 Lord Willing
Hello Timothy, thank you for reaching out to me. I would be interested in a presentation for your association. If you would, please contact me through my email at email@example.com and we can further discuss it. Happy New Year to you and yours. God's peace brother.
Hi Ed, I saw this and thought you might like to see it too.
God Bless You,
My wife and I are planning on visiting your area on April 1. I would love to meet you and talk about bees. I have been a beekeeper for 5 years and am the President of our local beekeepinng club in the Kansas City area.
Hey Phillip, that would be wonderful to meet. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss it. God's peace brother.
I just found some videos of yours on youtube. I am not a beekeeper (City-guy) nor will i propabla ever be one. However, i like to watch such videos of rendering wax and gathering honey, working with the bees.
Thanks a lot for keeping this beautifull hobby and profession alive and letting us have a glimpse in this fascinating topic. :)
The world needs more Godly men, doing honest and beneficial work like yourself. You are inspiring, Thank you.
Mr. Ed , I keep watching ! You are my new hero. Thank you for your video's , your passion and sharing the faith. Wish I could join you and be a volunteer for you and the abbey. I will passing your area in October, first week I think. It would be nice to meet with you. Matthew Plagens Ft. Worth, TX
Jeff I noticed when you do your harvest that you seem to have little to no bees in the harvest room. How do you accomplish that?
Do you sell any of your big blocks of wax?
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Jeff, love your videos…I watch them almost every day. I love honey, too, so it’s great to learn about the efforts that go into producing it.
By the way, I love the guitar music that accompanies many of your videos. Who is the artist or group playing it?
How do you get your bee vac adjusted so it don’t kill the girls I’ve used mine twice and lost them
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