In today’s 27-minute walkalong workshop, well, I pretty much do what I did last time, just more of it, and I still — spoiler alert — haven’t wrapped the hives.
In this video, I check to see if the silver tape I used about 4 days earlier is holding up (it is). I add a piece of silver bubble insulation to all the hives. I should have added mice and shrew proofing 6mm / quarter-inch mesh, but I didn’t feel like it. I thought I might wrap one or two hives in the silver bubble wrap. I didn’t do that either. I check the moisture inside the hives by sticking my finger underneath the inner cover. None of my hives have any wrap or much insulation yet, but I’ll probably do that in my next video, along with adding the mesh. As usual, I talk about a lot of other things while the camera is rolling.
00:00 — Checking on how well the silver tape sticks.
00:50 — Plans for adding silver insulation over inner covers.
01:55 — Bees clustering in top box.
02:20 — Cutting hole in silver insulation over inner cover.
03:30 — Bees under insulated inner cover.
04:20 — Is one roll of silver bubble wrap enough?
04:40 — Silver bubble wrap in another hive.
05:10 — Idea for wrapping hives in clear wrap.
04:40 — Meanwhile back in Flatrock.
06:00 — A dry hive with bees clustering low.
06:15 — Checking hive for moisture.
06:25 — Review of hive set up.
06:50 — Dropping in more insulation.
07:10 — Questioning the wisdom of silver insulation.
08:00 — Heavy duty wax-dipped telescoping top cover.
09:25 — A defective homemade inner cover.
09:55 — The propolis seal.
10:45 — Replacing defective inner cover.
11:40 — Pain in the neck homemade top cover.
12:50 — Top cover is too tight.
13:55 — Crack and gap filler for beehives.
15:05 — Bee poops just before entering hive.
15:20 — Mice getting into hive?
15:40 — Not much ventilation.
16:06 — Silver tape / paper cuts.
16:20 — Cutting hole in centre of silver insulation.
16:30 — Inner cover hole filled in with comb.
17:05 — Adding silver insulation again.
17:35 — Lifting the lid of another hive.
18:30 — Using finger to check for moisture.
18:45 — Do the physics of this set even make sense?
19:35 — Old warped top cover.
20:30 — Temporary set up for 3-medium hive.
20:55 — Bees clustering down below.
22:15 — Do these bees get enough sun?
23:55 — Will silver wrap help them out?
24:40 — Problems with hive wrap.
25:05 — Too many factors to consider.
25:20 — All beekeeping is local beekeeping.
26:00 — Insulated bottom boards.