This video is packed with great beginning beekeeping information. Some of the info we cover includes:
1. Properly filling a smoker and getting the right kind of smoke.
2. How to smoke a hive to help settle the bees.
3. You’ll see close up views of many frames to help you identify worker bee and drone larvae, pollen and honey cells.
4. How a healthy colony lays out a frame with larvae, pollen and honey.
5. We discuss how to identify how and when you need to add more frames to keep a colony from swarming.
6. I explain the difference between supersedure and swarm cells and how to find them.
7. We discuss the advantages and show checkerboarding a hive.
8. We show the results of using wood frames with plastic foundations.
9. We show you how to identify newly laid eggs.
10. How to tell when the bee colony’s temperament has changed and when you have spent too much time in a hive.
11. Where to look for swarm cells.
12. How to determine to remove or not remove comb built on the bottom of frames.
13. A couple of ideas where to put the new brood box i.e. on top or in between existing brood boxes.
14. Do bees really build up or down?
15. How to convert a 10 frame hive to an 8 frame hive.
16. Some advantages of using a screen bottom board.
17. The advantages of buying unassembled boxes.
18. Where to put the old box so the honey bees will fly into the new hive.
19. The advantages of having a top entrance.
20. Feature to consider when purchasing a bee suit, vail and gloves.
21. Why you might want to stain and seal your hive boxes.
22. How to save several hundred dollars when ordering beekeeping supplies.
23. The advantages of joining a local beekeeper association.
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