E110: The Basics of Beekeeping – Easier Than You Think

//E110: The Basics of Beekeeping – Easier Than You Think

E110: The Basics of Beekeeping – Easier Than You Think

In this episode, hosts Aaron and Jason discuss all things beekeeping with Michael Jordan of A “Bee Friendly” Company Inc. And a special on why Aaron is mad at Jack Spirko.

Let’s face it, bees scare the crap out of most of us. But in this episode, Michael brings us into his world, shows us around, exposes himself to his bees to show us their safe, and shows us it’s not so scary after all.

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Beekeeping for Preppers Show Topics:

  • Methods of keeping bees from commercial to small scale.
  • How not to keep bees and costly mistakes to avoid.
  • Different styles and purposes of various Hive types.
  • Bee and Hive removal
  • African Bees
  • Russian Bees
  • Catching bees.
  • Tracking bees.
  • Getting free bees
  • Keeping bees sustainably
  • Urban beekeeping
  • Do bees attack rabbits
  • And a whole LOT more

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By |2017-08-12T15:48:39+00:00January 20th, 2014|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|5 Comments

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In his free time, Aaron enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff--usually not all at the same time.


  1. Michael Jordan January 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    HA HA….It sounds way better then I thought it would. Was on top of a hill to just get two bars. Spent my birthday weekend GEEKing as a survival guy….(my retreats well froze and I had the kids make snow balls to melt for water.) Thanks for Having me. I hope to see you guys, keep up a good Cheer, joke or two, and good time prepping. If you ever have any questions just ask. I make contacts all over, and just want to help.
    Thanks once more. MJ “The BEE Whisperer”

  2. Amy Elben January 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    chickenpeas are a nitrogen fixer….and you think you need a lot of them in the garden…imagine twice as many in a hydro set up! Plant them in companion planting arrangements with corn and pumpkins. The native american trifecta.

  3. Gary Fawcett January 29, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply


    Great interview, but I don’t agree with the statement “I would get threeTop Bar Hives for beginners” 38:20, why would you want to make it harder for new Beekeepers?

    I think Top Bars have their place, but not for beginners. Why put people off by throwing them into a harder situation than needed. Langstroth hives are more robust and this avoid issues with combs of bees falling off the Top Bars.

    I think a compromise is a bench hive that uses Langstroth frames, but looks like a long or bench hive.

    I have seen so many beginners in total frustration trying to manage a top bar hive, because the perception is that there are better for the bees. What is better for the bees is a well managed dry box, no matter what shape it is.

    Yes I do have both types of hives.

    Great show guys, I will have to subscribe and listen to some more.


  4. Michael Jordan February 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    as I said top Bar keeping will be the hardest type of beekeeping you will do to it Wii teac a beginner to work slowly. yes if you decide to go to a Lang bee hive you will encounter it being easier but it doesn’t teach you beepkeeping as a good hobby beekeeper. have its in the episode I was talking about being substainable beekeeper. I just keep bees is poorbeekeeping is all I am saying. thank you for letting others know that u can do all kinds of Bkeep. (ha ha one one person I know that loves bees, the world is awesome.)

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