End of the year beekeeping check / What happens if you neglect bees / How to make bate hives

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Maciej Ciszewski says:

What is a lemon bam?

auroraglacialis says:

What do you do with the frames and combs of a hive that died. I had one hive that died over winter (probably they started breeding and then it went cold again, so they could not reach the honey at the other side of the hive away from the nest). When I opened it, the bees were still in, but they were dead and moldy. I burned these frames, but wonder what to do with the other frames and the box. Probably it has mold spores and whatever disease the weakened bees caught before they died in it 🙁

workwithnature says:

Great hope you get lots of topbar hives going. They really are the best.

The Productive Garden says:

Thanks for a great video.
I hadnt thought of slugs getting into a hive before.
I am planning to build a top bar hive and you have given me some tips here to attract a swarm to it. Thanks 🙂

truthgha says:

Thanks for the explanation!!!! Now I get it.

workwithnature says:

No prob, both will do providing you have a 40L space to put them in as your hive.
Queen excluders is what most people use, but there is a way around it. But you will get some bee eggs in the suppers. The queen lays up and down the hive at different times of the year, so you can place your supers accordingly and get honey in your suppers by a bit of shifting around.

workwithnature says:

Oh I am sorry for the confusion,
You need to go in every 8-9 days in the swarming season.
Then leave them well alone from when they have had their winter treatment of apiguard and are well stocked up with honey for the winter. Let them be in till say April, before you can go near them again. You also must make sure to reduce the entrances against robbing and put on mouse guards if you have them in your area 😉
Hope your bees get through 🙂

truthgha says:

Do you have any options about useing queen separaters? to keep queens out of the upper supers honey?

Thanks for the bait hive idea. May I use shallow frames of honeycomb or do I have to take brooder frames of honeycomb?

truthgha says:

I’m a little confused. You mentioned going in every 9 days to make sure they are ok, then you said not to disturb them causing stress to them. Please explain. Thanks

redtiger546 says:

nice to see a bee vid!

questforbalance says:

why dont I hear anything about feeding bees honey? i buy raw honey, and when the jar is “empty” i add water and let them feed on it. But i’m new to bee keeping. I also refuse to sugar feed. let me know your thoughts 😉

workwithnature says:

Yes I remember your channel, hey what happened. That is really bad. I am not sure how many videos you had. But it seams like a awful waste. Sorry to hear that.
Best wishes David.

Allotmentpatrick says:

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Gypsy Brokenwings says:

what do you suggest for zombie bees? they’ve been showing up in Washington state.

beewizerm8 says:

Excellent video, most useful and interesting.

Richardofdanbury says:

Yes, you are right it seems to be pesticides although GMO crops and cell phone service has not been ruled out. Over the past ten years or so I lost a couple or three hives to CCD.

Megahs2010 says:

Thank for the advice, but how do you clean the frames for re-use ? Do u use torch or soak in bleach?

workwithnature says:

Not really, thank god.
We have varroa and that is hard enough to deal with. I think your problem with the colony collapse is due to farmers spraying large quantities of a new herbicide. It stays in the soil for up to 5 years or so. It’s all being hushed up though. Did you have many losses due to it?
Best wishes David.

workwithnature says:

You just take the strip of wood out that holds in the foundation. Then it should all come out. If the comb is good though, then best lock up the hive and store it in a shed for the winter. Make sure wax moth can’t get in, or as you said they will make a mess of your frames 😉

Megahs2010 says:

How do you clean the frames from old combs or will you burn them? I have problem with wax moth and don’t have space to freeze frames – thanks

Richardofdanbury says:

Do you have problems with Colony Collapse Disorder as we do in US

workwithnature says:

There is a good bit to learn alright,
Best thing is start in spring with a small hive. The bees have a very simple social order but it takes a wile for us to get a feeling for it. Then again you never stop learning 🙂

MrMac5150 says:


Diane Guetterman says:

Good Information. I’ve been thinking about starting a bee hive it seems very complicated though.

workwithnature says:

Good question thanks,
You would actually leave it well alone for the supersedure queen to mate.
If that failed you would have to introduce a new queen. Or a frame of eggs.
It all depends on how much bees are still going to hatch and how many bees are in the overall colony. If there is not so much you could try to add more frames with brood too. Or unite with a stronger colony. This time of the year you could probably reunite, providing there is no disease or it is not to cold.

empie45 says:

What would you do if you checked and found this problem before it died ?

workwithnature says:

It can be a bit of a fright at first. But when you get stung it is not so bad after a few times. Just like getting a whack from a bad stinging nettle 🙂
It really is the most amazing honey. I love it. Shop bought honey does not come close to it. You should really give beekeeping a try, you wont regret it. 😉
Cheers David.

Praxxus55712 says:

I love honey but just don’t have the nerve to deal with bees even with protection. By the way, does your honey taste a lot different than store bought or is the flavor very similar?

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