Hey, want to hang out with me and my bees for 18 minutes? Let’s go:
The video is mostly me pointing and talking about beekeeping things, such as:
00:00 — How the sun warms up my hives at certain times of the day.
02:25 — Reducing a colony down to a single deep.
03:50 — Dampness in some of the hives. (I know, pretty exciting, eh?)
04:10 — Wanting to convert to all-medium hives.
04:25 — Finding dead bees on the bottom board.
04:50 — My thoughts on the misguided #SaveTheBees campaign. For example, well-intentioned but misinformed people who think they’re saving a bee by giving it dissolved sugar in a spoon or and even putting out syrup feeders like this to help bees in the spring, when really it’s best to let bees die outside the hive as they naturally would so they don’t bring disease back to the colony. Bees die by themselves for a reason.
06:00 — The bees are gentle at this time of year, orienting to the hive, scenting, etc., not stingy at all.
07:35 — Explaining how I just moved a hive and reduced it to a single deep.
07:45 — A careful inspection of the left over empty frames and the dead bees in the bottom board.
12:00 — Examining the left over drawn comb from the bottom deep of an over-wintered hive, including comb with holes drilled through it.
13:30 — I actually lick some comb to determine if it’s full of honey or syrup (it was syrup).
15:00 — Predicting that my single-deep colony could grow into a full double-deep colony by June (I hope).
15:30 — Honey bees digging into the crocuses I planted around my house.
16:45 — The aftermath of me pulling a hive apart. I don’t mention this in the video, but often we open a hive for the first time in the spring and see tonnes of bees thinking it must be a huge colony. But usually the bees are only filling half the hive, if that. Again, it’s not in the video, but I’d say I found about 8 frames of bees and two or three frames of open brood (no capped brood). That’s pretty much what I like to see at this time of year. The queen is getting going and things are looking good.