The pandemic has knocked my sleeping patterns out of whack. I’ve had to rely on coffee to keep me going at times, and every time I do it I seem to make one of these rambling beekeeping videos — or several of them. But I’m getting tired of listening to my caffeinated voice. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll keep it up. At any rate, here’s a hodgepodge of little bits that I deleted from other videos because the videos were already long enough, or I just forgot about them. Either way, this is the last video I post until my next blast of caffeine.
00:00 — In theory, if I want to artificially stimulate the queen to lay eggs so that the foraging bee population peaks around May when nectar and pollen sources become available in my area, then I should drop in the pollen patties about six weeks ahead of that date. Adding pollen patties now is way too early for that. But in practice, which often differs from theory, it could take the bees up to a month to consume the half-pound pollen patty I’ve given them. If I wrapped my hives so that the bees were ultra warm, maybe they would consume more pollen and produce more baby bees. But that’s not my style. I thoroughly enjoy taking it slow, letting the bees build up the in the spring at less stimulated pace so that swarming is rarely something I have to worry about.
03:20 — Sugar bricks, how I install them.
06:10 — Defective supers that create cracks between the supers, among other things.