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!
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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!!!
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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?
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.