Beekeeping

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Vikingdad, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Some of you know that I am a beekeeper, today I recorded some video of my son and me performing a swarm collection. We are putting the swarm into a top-bar hive. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I am still uploading the videos (the last one is taking an estimated 260 minutes to upload) but you can go back later to see the videos I have yet to post. My Youtube page is found here https://www.youtube.com/feed/?feature=guide
     
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  2. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    The link takes you to some sign in page. No videos.
     

  3. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ole "Uncle Bolshavick Sam" is making tuff on some beekeepers I know , claiming
    "Brough" disease and other bull-crap..! Praise be to "Monsantos"....! :mad:
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    That was very interesting. So.........do all the bees go into that hive, then? And do they just live in that "box"? It just seems like there's no semblance of order for them. What made the bees all swarm onto that branch and on top of the truck. Where did they all come from? And I want to see the Queen.
     
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  5. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Cool stuff!! Hey, V-dad, was that a swarm that just showed up, or was that a swarm from one of your hives?
     
  6. MattShlock

    MattShlock New Member

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    How much time does it take to brand them!?
     
  7. Zombiegirl

    Zombiegirl New Member

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    I need to find a beekeeper around here to get some local honey. I hear it's good for allergies if it's local.
     
  8. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Yes, they all go into the hive (this is the correct word for the "box".) Every last one of them. They start building comb as soon as they decide that it is a suitable place to live which is almost immediately. That is a "top-bar" hive and is specially designed for honeybees, right down to the angled sides. When they build comb they will build it from the top bar down, and leave a gap between the sides and floor. Below is a photo inside a top-bar hive where the bees have built up some comb (the plastic bag on the bottom is for feeding them).

    Swarming is a normal behavior. When they run out of room in a hive (because I have not been paying attention to their needs) they will make a new queen and just before she emerges from her cell, half of the colony will split off and swarm away with the old queen. That had happened earlier in the day before we got there with the video camera.

    As to seeing the queen, I will try to shoot some video when I do an inspection in a few days or maybe a couple of weeks and I should be able to find her for you. Hopefully I will be able to get my damned camera to focus better so you can actually see her!

    That was a swarm from one of my hives. I am working on uploading some other videos that show it all but I am having a little trouble in getting it done.

    Actually I use ear tags. Much more humane.;)

    This is true. Bee healthy, eat your honey! :D

    Here are all of the videos I have been able to upload so far if you have not yet seen them all. There are one or two more I am having trouble with.

    https://www.youtube.com/feed/?feature=guide
     

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  9. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Cool video, my Uncle used to keep bees, I used to help him move em around & extract honey..............
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    That is fascinating. Please post more of your videos.
     
  11. mchoitz

    mchoitz New Member

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    What's that picture you posted? Is it a wild hive? Because that doesn't look like a conventional hive
     
  12. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    The picture is inside a top-bar hive (the same type as I put the swarm into).
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-bar_hive

    What you are calling a "conventional" hive is probably the Langstroth design- this is the most common design used in the US.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langstroth_hive

    Keep in mind that the term "hive" is only used for a "kept" colony, and describes only the equipment a beekeeper keeps their bees inside of. Think if an apartment building for bees. Among many Beeks (beekeepers) the hive/colony terminology is like the clip/magazine terminology in the gun culture.
    A colony is an active family of bees working together collectively with a queen, thousands of workers (all females) and some drones (males). The colony also has comb built in it, some is brood comb which also has some pollen and honey stored in "pantry" cells, and some is honeycomb which is strictly used to make and store honey in.

    Here are two pictures of combs from a top-bar hive. The top one is brown and is brood comb, full of capped brood cells with larvae inside that will emerge as adult bees, the comb on the left is upside-down, the one on the right is as they built it inside the hive. Notice the gaps all around the sides and bottom. The comb is only attached to the top bar itself. The other one is honeycomb, also only attached at the top bar.
     

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  13. MattShlock

    MattShlock New Member

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    Well I'll bee. I gotta say I'd be dousing them with that long-distance shooting bug spray -- the stuff that seems to kill them instantly on contact! That would bee the end of them beehind my house. Beesides, you have to feed the darn things?
     
  14. SSGSF

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    That is neat . Is there a difference between the top bar hives that you use and the big white box hives you see in the fields ?
     
  15. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Do you feed them sugar water or artificial nectar or what?

    There was a tree with a hollowed section in the yard next to mine when I was a kid; there was a bee colony in it as long as I remember. They seemed interested only in the azaleas lining the paths in the area. I remember standing maybe ten feet away watching them buzz about for long periods without being bothered.

    Have you ever had bear damage to one of your hives?
     
  16. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Where is the "Dislike" button?

    Wasps and hornets I am OK with killing. There is no logical reason to kill honeybees. Educate yourself and you will agree with me. Don't kill honeybees.:mad:
     
  17. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    +1!

    Watch The Bee Movie"
    Easy for ALL to understand.
     
  18. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    What if they have been :eek::eek::eek: "Africanized" by those illegal immigrant bees from our neighbors down south?

    Generally though, I am with you on that. My sister has an epipen in case of close encounters, but they are uncommon.
     
  19. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    Its really a matter of choice on the Beek's part. I have used the Langstroth hives (the box style) for years (there are some of mine seen in the videos that are painted light pink, white and blue) and only recently had my Dad build me a couple of Top-Bar hives to try them out. I have heard reports that they are more productive in them, both in terms of beeswax and honey. I am using mine to produce "comb honey", which is a premium delicacy if you will. The comb honey produced in a top-bar hive is all natural with the bees producing all of it. In a Langstroth hive you set up frames with a thin beeswax foundation in it, but that foundation is much thicker than natural comb built by the bees. My theory is that I can get a good supply of comb honey, to be sold at a premium price, and the bees do 100% of the work without any further investment by me beyond building the hive and installing the colony in it.

    Incidentally, the wax itself is produced from a special gland on the bees abdomens, this from Wiki:
    I no longer feed my bees, but yes, when a Beek feeds it is sugar syrup, sometimes with some supplements or medicines in it (lemongrass and wintergreen essential oils are the only additives I use in my hives on the rare occasions where I will feed, and I will use cane sugar or if I have some surplus honey I prefer that). Many of the huge commercial Beeks will use corn syrup. They buy it by the tanker load. Corn sugar is bad stuff for bees (and humans too for that matter). Poison.

    Watching bees working is very relaxing. Having a hive in the garden is a powerful presence. Hard to describe it. When people ask me what to do about a colony in a tree or some other natural location I usually advise them to leave it be and adjust their activities to avoid crossing their flight paths.

    Never. We live in a bear-free zone:p. The last time I can recall a bear in this area was back in the early 70's. I know guys up in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties who have problems with bears. They build these fortified areas and put their hives inside. Speaking of the North Coast counties, I have always wondered if honeybees would collect any nectar from marijuana plants, making pot honey? That would be a pretty unique varietal! I keep asking pot growers if they ever see bees on their buds but nobody has noticed any yet.