January 22, 2015 Posted by Robert Ardary

Our next beekeeping class will be Sat Feb 7th, 2015  from 10 am til noon

You will have fun learning with Bob.

Time is Running out to order bees

January 7, 2015 Posted by Robert Ardary

We are taking bee orders for 2015 through January 8th, 2015  ONLY. This is only a few days away.

A package of bees includes a clipped and marked Queen, her nurses, and approximately 3 pounds of worker bees.

If you wish to order bees this year come by the store and see us.

The price for one package of bees is a mere $150 plus tax. We do ask that you pay in advance.  Thanks





December 11, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

We are NOW taking orders for bees for the 2015 season.

The last day to order will be Thursday Jan 8, 2015

One (1) package of bees includes A Queen and her nurses AND approx. 3 pounds of worker bees

What a GREAT deal for only $150 plus tax!


Beekeeping classes

December 5, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

Beekeeping Classes

Don’t know what to do with your bees, have questions or need a refresher course?

Bob will be teaching basic beekeeping classes on Sat. Dec 13th and Sat Jan 3rd. Classes are from 2pm to 4pm and cost the very low price of $20.00.

You can register and pay for classes up until that day.


November 8, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

DRB&B has new store hours. As it has become dark earlier, we have changed our hours to 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Our Saturday Hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Birthday Party and Open House

October 11, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary




October 18, 2014 Noon til 4 pm

Free Food and Soft Drinks

catering from D’Michael’s

Free Gifts and door prizes

games for the kids (OK, adults can play too)

Basic Beekeeping Lessons

*** live working bees are on property***


June 29, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

Everyone, Please welcome Jill to our Staff. Jill will be taking over the store and day to day operations of Dog River bees and Brews Supplies. As some of you may know, I have good news. After being out of work for the past eight months and with dwindling funds, I have found employment so as to keep a roof over our heads and keep the store open. The bad news is the job is in Jackson, Mississippi.

David will continue to handle the bees and go on bee calls. He was already heading up the care and maintenance of DRB&B’s colonies. As for selling you the supplies you need, Jill will be handling the sells.

One last bit of news, because I am working in Jackson and the particular project on which I am working may require that I stay over on weekends, The new store hours will be Tuesday through Saturday. We will be closed Sunday and Monday.We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. As always if you have any questions about beekeeping you may call me at 251-259-3255. I may not be in a position to answer the phone, but I will return your call.



June 28, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

Finally,after waiting all spring, DRB&B has harvested the honey. We have 3 pound, 2 1/2 pound. and 1 1/2 pound bottles. Also, we have the pint mason jars with honeycomb.

The answer to the question of “Why do we sell jars with honeycomb?” is have you ever bitten into a Starburst and it coats your mouth with fruit flavor. That is what it is like chewing honeycomb. Only instead of a burst of fruit flavor, one gets a FLOOD of honey. It becomes like an all natural chewing gum, but it won’t stick to one’s hair or shoe. Those who may have lived on the farm as a kid may remember this was their equivalent to chewing gum.

Here is to a very sweet summer.


Your Staff at DRB&B

Honey Harvest Time

May 29, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

It is about that time to harvest the honey from your bees. Some beekeepers may have already begun which is acceptable. If you have started a colony this year you may not be able to harvest honey until the end of the fall honey season. Remember the bees required about 100 pounds of honey to make it through a long winter. If you live in the north, the amount of honey needed to survive a long winter may be more. On the gulf coast of Alabama, one could get by with 60 pounds, but that may be pushing it.

There are several things to remember in harvesting your honey. The first  and most important is cleanliness. Many beekeepers have a “clean” room or extraction room they use to remove the honey from the comb and bottle the honey. Whereas, honey is one of those foods that do not need processing to make it safe, honey can still be contaminated. An unclean extraction room or allowing critters other than bees access to the honey can and will contaminate it.

The second thing to remember is that you are taking the excess food from the bees. They will not be happy at the prospects of some giant pulling the roof of their house and stealing their honey. Think what you would do if someone came into your house to steal your food. Dress appropriately and take frequent breaks. The honey is not worth a heat stroke. Drink plenty of NON-caffeinated beverages and leave that beer alone until you finish in the bee yard. These products will cause you to urinate the vital fluids  trying to keep the body cool.

Get help if lifting a 100 pound box of honey is a difficult task



Now that you have installed your bees….

April 11, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

Now that you have installed your bees it is time to check to see if the queen has been released. This can be a bit tricky. The bees may have built comb in the void where the queen cage was hung. This comb must be removed to make room for the frame and foundation that was left out for the queen cage. Here is the tricky part. You must look for the queen as you pull out the comb attached to the inner board. If she is on this comb, you need to coax her down into the hive. Care must be given not to injure, crush or damage your queen.  Once this comb has been removed, you will be able to start the Where’s Waldo hunt for your queen.

To search for the queen, start by looking on the outside frames. Place frames on a frame perch to give you more room to search. Check those frames that have comb for eggs, larva, and capped brood. Eggs are a good sign that you have a queen in the hive. No eggs, no queen. You will have to look close as eggs are VERY small. If you had your queen painted and clipped, you will be ahead of the game finding your queen. The green dot stands out amongst the workers. The clipped wings keeps the queen from absconding. If you see the bees flying around near the ground in front of the hive, look for a clump of bees. Your queen may have tried to escape. GENTLY pick her up and place her back in the hive. Once the queen has been found, place the frames back as you found them and place the frame that was left out in place.

Say you didn’t find the queen, or you found your queen has died. Run panicking to nearest queen store. WRONG. This is not an insurmountable problem. If you have one hive, you may have to beg eggs from a fellow beekeeper or order a queen from your supplier.  If you have two hives, find eggs in the other hive. Brush the bees off and place the eggs in the hive that is missing the queen. The bees will take the new eggs an create a queen cell. Keep an eye on this hive. It will take 16 days for the queen to hatch and another two weeks to mate and begin laying eggs.