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The world is experiencing a global bee crisis, with Australia the only country not yet affected. With bees responsible for almost a third of the food on our plate, this is a crisis that could affect us all.

In the winter of 2013, Europe saw its bee populations fall by 53%. This year the US has seen populations fall by 42%. Astonishingly, Australia is the only country in the world where the bee population continues to thrive. As commercial beekeepers are pushed out of business elsewhere, Australian bees are exported to pollinate foreign farmlands. However, the fate of Australian bees hangs in the balance. It seems that the bee crisis is intricately tied to the way we have changed our planet. Preventing the migration of the varroa mite from Asia remains the biggest challenge: “Once that arrives here, we’ll have about three to five years before the massive collapse of potentially commercial beekeeping”, explains breeder Tiffane Bates. In an attempt to save the bees, scientists are now trying to breed resistant bee populations, and understand the complex genetics of the hives. This insightful report reveals the fascinating and secret lives of bees, and explores the ground-breaking methods being used to preserve them.

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Ben and Holly learn all about where honey comes from. The Wise Old Elf impersonates the queen bee, and unfortunately ends up in only his underwear.

What I realize more and more is that beekeeping is NOT a “set it and forget it” exercise. Learning this activity with my son, Espen, is loads of fun but there is so much to it that we both still have to learn. During this inspection you will notice that the bees are doing ok in at least 4 out of the 5 hives. We (I) made some choices on the last trip out to the apiary that may not have been the wisest.

I’m very happy to see that the colonies are growing and their is evidence of active queens in each hive.

This is a journey…


#growreallife is my hashtag to connect people interested in Growing Real Life. This is a bit of a double meaning. Growing Real means following the patterns of nature. Real Life is developed fully in our gardens and our souls when we pattern ourselves in harmony with nature. Grow with me.


The local industrial complex developed a bee problem and I came to help.

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As a beekeeper I feel it is my stewardship to properly care for my honey bees. One way I do that is to help the hive get a strong start for the upcoming Spring. The larger the hive the more nectar and pollen they can collect to store and feed the hive. I will also be splitting my hives and by giving them food before the flowers blossom the queen will start laying eggs and building up the hive so there will be plenty of bees for both the existing and new hives. Here I show the easy and fast way I feed my honey bees.


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Part 1 – In this video we prepare our bee hive for removal of the honey. The crown board must be placed below the supers with Porter Bee Escapes. These escapes allow the bees to leave the supers and enter the brood box, but not go back up into the supers. If these are successful the supers will be free of bees and can be taken away to harvest the honey. The hive has not been opened for over 2 years and we have a very active colony. The last time I opened up the hive the bees were very aggressive.

Bee Removal 038 – Bees in Tractor Trailer Tire

Well I can definitely say this is a first! Not just to get bee out, but to cut a tire at all. Everything I read said to just cut the sidewall with a knife, but this one had steel belts in the sidewall as well, so I had to use my sawzall. That worked pretty well, but I ran out of battery. I was able to get a decent window opened up to work in though.

These bees were also very docile. I didn’t take my veil off, but that’s because they were flying in around my head the entire time. This is a BIG colony and they did not slow down foraging on my behalf, so the nectar and pollen was still coming in the whole time I was working. I did take off my gloves, as I had to to move bees by hand. wearing gloves you can’t feel the bees to know if you’re crushing them or not. I got a couple stings on the fingers, but what else would you expect!?

I ended up using beequick to drive them out of the tire. Eventually I saw the queen walk out along the sidewall on her way to the box and I nabbed her!

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I look at the bees to see how they are doing and start a batch of queens.

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This is day 33 of beekeeping. I was hoping to add a second brood box, but unfortunately it was not the right time yet.

I did a full inspection of the frames: Lots of capped brood cells. Good looking comb. Capped honey, also nectar, pollen. I found the queen and she looked very busy. There are a lot more bees in the hive than last week. An audible hum from several feet away.

Thank you for watching and all of your helpful comments! Slow Motion Honey Bees (Camera Test)