Honey Llama Farms

Honey Llama Farms Once there was a Papa Llama, and there was a Mama Llama. They met, fell in love, and decided to raise bees. Thats our story and we're sticking' to it!
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This weekend we managed to get 2 swarm traps transferred into hive boxes, and were happy to find that both swarms (from ...
05/31/2020

This weekend we managed to get 2 swarm traps transferred into hive boxes, and were happy to find that both swarms (from 2 different locations) already had a queen and brood established.

05/29/2020
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What makes the queen bee so special?
Aside from her obvious size difference the queen bee emits what is known as "queen substance", a combination of pheromones excreted through the mandibular glands that are licked off the queen by the workers of the hive. This pheromone is then continually passed between the bees of the colony during the mouth-to-mouth transfer of nectar. The queen substance is what helps to create a sense of unity and well-being within the hive.
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05/29/2020

What makes the queen bee so special?
Aside from her obvious size difference the queen bee emits what is known as "queen substance", a combination of pheromones excreted through the mandibular glands that are licked off the queen by the workers of the hive. This pheromone is then continually passed between the bees of the colony during the mouth-to-mouth transfer of nectar. The queen substance is what helps to create a sense of unity and well-being within the hive.
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A pollinator favorite that is also sure to grab the attention of any passerby. Bergamot (common name: bee balm)- loves l...
05/28/2020

A pollinator favorite that is also sure to grab the attention of any passerby.
Bergamot (common name: bee balm)
- loves lots of sun! more sun, more blooms
- blooms early summer to fall
- comes in a variety of bloom colors
- part of the mint family, and resistant to deer
- needs decent air flow to prevent any mildew from occuring

05/26/2020

The Chinese Tallow Tree ( Triadica Sebifera ) is considered a weedy, invasive tree species to many for its ability to pop up quite literally anywhere and grow rather quickly. What many people don’t realize is how special this species of tree, from the family euphorbiaceae, is to our local pollinators🐝.
In Houston, these trees appear quite literally everywhere and bloom during a six week period starting in May. The clusters of flowers act as an important nectar source for bees and helps to provides the majority of the honey crop for the year.
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So the next time you find yourself on a stroll and come across one of these rather lovely trees, take a closer look. You just might find out local pollinators frolicking about in the blooms🐝🐝.
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#pollinator #bee #beekeeper #pollinatorplants #tree #houston #nativeplants #pollination #honeybees #honey #hive #beeaware #honeyllamafarms #itsbuzzingood #sheakeeper

🐝a little bee humor to brighten your day🐝- #humor #honey  #bee  #beekeeper  #hive  #brood  #colony  #savethebees  #beeaw...
05/24/2020

🐝a little bee humor to brighten your day🐝
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#humor #honey #bee #beekeeper #hive #brood #colony #savethebees #beeaware #honeyllamafarms #itsbuzzingood #nature

05/24/2020
All The Beards🧔🏻🐝

Here is a fun little quick snip of what we found in the apiary when we got here this evening. Looks like I have my work cut out for me in the morning 😄.

The hives are so busy and are quickly growing out of their boxes. So a few splits are in order to give everyone the grow...
05/23/2020

The hives are so busy and are quickly growing out of their boxes. So a few splits are in order to give everyone the growing they need!!
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#bee #beekeeper #shesakeeper #beekeeping #texasbeekeeping #honeyllamafarms #itsbuzzingood #hive #honey #pollinator #europeanhoneybee

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05/23/2020

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Happy World Bee Day🐝🐝!There are over 20,000 species worldwide, and about 4,000 of those species reside within the U.S. W...
05/21/2020

Happy World Bee Day🐝🐝!
There are over 20,000 species worldwide, and about 4,000 of those species reside within the U.S.
We often praise the power of the European Honeybee because of the sweet gooey honey that they provide us, but they are just one of many varieties of bees that help to pollinate all the beautiful flowers and food sources that we use. Each species is equally special and deserves our praise for the work and goodness that they provide for us!
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#bee #beeaware #honeybee #nativebees #beekeeper #shesakeeper #honey #hive #pollinator #worldbeeday #pollinatorgarden #garden

05/21/2020
Those Texas summer days are coming in hot🌵🐝🌵...#bee #pollinator #beekeeping #cactus #pollinatorgarden #texas #summer #te...
05/17/2020

Those Texas summer days are coming in hot🌵🐝🌵.
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#bee #pollinator #beekeeping #cactus #pollinatorgarden #texas #summer #texasbeekeeping #flower #honeybee

Checked in with some backyard hives today! Lookin good Dalvy🐝!..#bee #backyard #backyardbeekeeping #texasbeekeeping #hiv...
05/15/2020

Checked in with some backyard hives today! Lookin good Dalvy🐝!
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#bee #backyard #backyardbeekeeping #texasbeekeeping #hive #honey #beekeeping #whatsthebuzz

One of the number one questions that I get asked is "if" and "how often" do I get stung? So I thought I would share on t...
05/14/2020

One of the number one questions that I get asked is "if" and "how often" do I get stung? So I thought I would share on these glamour shots with the world. This was around my second year of beekeeping and happened due to one bee sting right above my upper lip. As you can see, my whole face swelled up and I looked like a victim of some botched facial work. It was highly concerning at first, but did not cause any difficulty breathing or anything that would be deemed worthy of an ER visit. The swelling went away after about 24 hours, during a time in which we all got a good laugh and I scared a waiter at the restaurant.
I have learned many lessons about handling my hives since this incident, so I'm happy to say that stings do not happen as frequently. My body has become immune to some of the venom affects so I don't have reactions like this anymore, thank goodness😂.
The bottom line is that stinging does happen, even to the most masterful beekeepers. Its a part of the job, but we love what we do and there is always something to learn from the experience.

05/14/2020

While I love listening to the sounds of my girls buzz around me, sometimes I enjoy listening to music and podcasts while working in the hives. ⠀
On this day I was listening to one of my all time favorite comedians @ilizas on her podast @askiliza . I love her humorous approach to handling everyday situations and interactions. ⠀
I think the bees enjoyed it too! They were being quite calm while we worked. Can't wait to see her show in August in Houston!!!⠀
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#bee #beekeeper #sheakeeper #honeyllamafarms #itsbuzzingood #texasbeekeeping #hive #honey #apiary #buylocal #bossbabe #femaleentrepreneur #iliza #femalecomedian #podcast #askiliza #babyarm #snowpeach #ilizashlesinger

“Create the highest, grandest vision for your life, because you become what you believe”-Oprah .For years, I have strugg...
05/12/2020

“Create the highest, grandest vision for your life, because you become what you believe”
-Oprah .

For years, I have struggled to find a career path I was excited about. Beekeeping was a happy accident that started out as a hobby and became something that I was infatuated with. Now I find myself excited to work in the apiary, I feel immensely proud with my hives and can’t wait to watch them grow. It’s funny how those happy accidents work.

#bee #beekeeper #homestead #farm #farmlife #shesakeeper #strongwomen #femaleentrepreneur #bossbabe #bee #apiary #huntsville #honey #honeyllamafarms #itsbuzzingood #texasbeekeeping #model

🤠🐝🌸.This summer is going to be a hot one. Hope you’re ready!..#bee #beekeeper #summer #texasbeekeeping #pollinators #bee...
05/09/2020

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This summer is going to be a hot one. Hope you’re ready!
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#bee #beekeeper #summer #texasbeekeeping #pollinators #beeaware #shesakeeper #hive #honey #nativebees

It’s finally Friday!!Way to hang in there 🐝..Did this week feel especially exhausting to anyone else. I am very ready to...
05/08/2020

It’s finally Friday!!
Way to hang in there 🐝.
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Did this week feel especially exhausting to anyone else. I am very ready to get back to the country and relax in the garden among my bees.
Happy Friday!
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#friyay #hanginthere #bee #hive #honeybee #shesakeeper #apiary #beekeeper #pollinators #garden

05/05/2020
Habanero Honey Cauliflower

To all my veggie eating eating friends, I promised and I am now delivering.
Here is the Habanero Honey Popcorn Cauliflower recipe.
Tasty, crunchy, sweet and spicy.

https://youtu.be/H82WJt76k1Y

You don't have to be vegetarian to love this recipe! Cripsy fried cauliflower smothered in a sweet and spicy honey sauce. Perfect for your next party or game...

You may have seen the YouTube channel, but now the actual recipe is up and on the Honey Llama Farms website. Try it out ...
04/28/2020
Habanero Honey Hot Wing

You may have seen the YouTube channel, but now the actual recipe is up and on the Honey Llama Farms website.
Try it out and let me know what you think!

https://www.honeyllamafarms.com/post/habanero-honey-hot-wings

Looking to impress your friends at the next game night, or maybe you just want to change your normal meal routine up. This ooey-gooey, sweet and spicy, wing recipe is sure to hit the spot and will leave you wanting more. Ingredients: Prepping your wings -- Dozen chicken wings ( I used a combination....

04/28/2020
Baby Buzzards

We have a roost of buzzards right next to the apiary.
Early in the spring, a buzzard took refuge in an old hunting stand posted right next to the apiary. Naturally, I named this buzzard Stewart. After some time we came to the conclusion that Stewart was a momma and had 2 babies in the roost. Obviously my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to check in on these little fluff balls while Stewart was safely watching from a nearby tree.
Did you know that buzzards hiss?!
Can’t wait to watch these babies grow up!

Before I was a beekeeper I had majored in consumer sciences and merchandising. My original plan was to be either a fashi...
04/26/2020

Before I was a beekeeper I had majored in consumer sciences and merchandising. My original plan was to be either a fashion stylist or buyer. When I was a kid I wanted to be a fashion designer.
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#beekeeping #beekeepersofinstagram #beekeeperslife #shesakeeper #bee #hive #apiary #honey #honeyllamafarms #itsbuzzingood #fashion #farmlife #butmakeitfashion

04/21/2020
Honey Habanero Hot Wings

Honey Habanero Hot Wings?!
Yes please!!

This easy recipe will sure to impress at your next game night or dinner party.

https://youtu.be/kyqPHM4hgj8

Perfect for game night, tailgating or just treating yourself to an easy, yet tasty, meal that is sure to make your taste buds tingle. People have been asking...

Honey Llama Farms's cover photo
04/19/2020

Honey Llama Farms's cover photo

04/15/2020
What's In My Box?! - Weekend Vlog

What mysteries await me inside an over-crowded swarm box?
I had a swarm box that was way overdo to be transferred in a full hive, and boy did I have my work cut out for me.
Check out the new Honey Llama Farms 'Hi From The Hive' to find out what goodies I found in my box!!

https://youtu.be/eO6h4A9JqSM

Today we transferred a well over-do swarm box into a 10-frame hive and found few big surprises. And Uji was viciously attacked! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...

Hope that everyone had a Happy Easter! 🐰🐰🐰...#happyeaster #easter #farmlife #farm #beekeeper #shesakeeper #bee #hive #ho...
04/13/2020

Hope that everyone had a Happy Easter!
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#happyeaster #easter #farmlife #farm #beekeeper #shesakeeper #bee #hive #honeyllamafarms #beekeepersofinstagram #texasbeekeepers

04/07/2020
Weekend Vlog - Bees, Veggies and a Bathtub

New YouTube video is up and running!

See all the fun garden projects that took place at the apiary last weekend. And a little chit chat about the bees 😉🐝

https://youtu.be/ZJQmTNVeTCU

This weekend, we completed an exciting new project! We finally added the veggie garden of my dreams to the apiary, and I could not be happier. Along with add...

Bee Safe🌼Bee Happy🌼Bee Healthy...#bee #texasbeekeeping #spring #texas #pollinators #garden #beekeeping #shesakeeper
04/01/2020

Bee Safe🌼Bee Happy🌼Bee Healthy
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#bee #texasbeekeeping #spring #texas #pollinators #garden #beekeeping #shesakeeper

03/30/2020
Creating Your Own Pollinator Garden

Looking for a fun project for you and your family this spring? In this video, I talk all about my tips and tricks for creating a happy pollinator home in your backyard.

A few tips, tricks and recommendations to get you started on building your own pollinator garden

My veggie garden dream have finally come true! We built a 20x5’ vegetable bed on the back end of the apiary and I could ...
03/30/2020

My veggie garden dream have finally come true! We built a 20x5’ vegetable bed on the back end of the apiary and I could not be more excited🍅🥒🌶🍆! My little nirvana is quickly coming together 😁.
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#garden #bee #beekeeping #shesakeeper #vegetable #apiary #homestead #honeyllamafarms #beekeeper #farm @ Huntsville, Texas

I know that a lot of people are stuck at home and are starting to get stir crazy, so why not get your hands dirty and tr...
03/30/2020
Starting Your Pollinator Garden

I know that a lot of people are stuck at home and are starting to get stir crazy, so why not get your hands dirty and try creating your own special nirvana in your backyard :)

Check out the post on 'Creating Your Own Pollinator Garden' written by Honey Llama Farms!!

[Photo Courtesy Of: Honey Llama Farms] The birds are singing…the bees are buzzing…and your once white Prius is now a dusty shade of yellow. That’s right! In case you haven’t noticed the rollercoaster of weather changes; spring has sprung in southeast Texas. Pack away your sweaters and bust o...

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How It Came To Bee

It started out as a fun hobby, just one hive in the backyard of a suburban neighborhood. Now, we are a small but growing business and apiary based out of Huntsville Texas. I am learning on the go and sharing this passion with everyone along the way.

Honey Llama Farms currently oversees 12 hives and is quickly expanding with a focus on honey production, hive management and education.

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