Beekeeping For Beginners pt1

Building a top bar bee have is a simple DIY project almost anyone can do for under $50. I’m excited about bee keeping. Not only will the bees help to pollina…


UnitedHerps says:

you forgot to swap the end boards… left the counter sink on the inside.

Rodrigo Zavala says:

Nice dude really nice even the philosophic part

Sup33erman says:

Nice.  You do good work and even countersinking for the bee stand. I am going to follow your lead, “There is no excuse to not keep bees.”!

1too3fore says:

built by most GUYS???  Like women can’t handle it. Dude… not cool.

GrahamBartle says:

Did I see you counter sink the inside of the drill holes? I guess I should be glad I don’t video tape my projects.

jbr1074 says:

Luke 14:11.

jbr1074 says:

Can you quantify that? Documentation? ‘Proof’?

Dreamr OKelly says:

bs. moving a wild swarm to a domesticated home is good for the bees. when bees swarm they are vulnerable to being eaten or not finding a good home in time.

clockguy2 says:

Use 1/8″ hardware cloth on the bottom so mites fall through, but bees don’t. I am told bees need a landing platform at the entrance. The door catch holding the bottom on needs a shot of lacquer or paint to prevent the spring rusting away. This form of hive doesn’t separate the honey cells from the larvae cells like a Langstroth hive does.

Virginia Wolf says:

Nice video. You inspired me to me want to build one. The collections of things that we collect are useful for us while we are around and then they get passed along to hopefully someone that can appreciate them like you as opposed to getting pitched. I think about stuff like that when I am building things too. Good luck with your future bees.

David DeHaven says:

Looks good, but this hive is just a tad too small, pretty sure you’re going to have serious swarming issues.

J Tucker says:

Haha! Those retainers are for cabinet doors. Nice use of resources.

boomer00000 says:

I think that it’s a truly beautiful thing that his collection has helped you. I believe that you live on in the people you affect, in this case that man has been able to affect someone he never met or even knew.. It’s truly beautiful the ways our lives intertwine

symbolsandsystems says:

Are you sealing the wood with anything?

sgtblt0506 says:

Thumbs up for your philosophy. Nice way to look at things.

klmccune says:

Well he has affected you, with his lifetime collection AND you appreciate and use it… Works for me. Also African bees are very disease resistant and not what they are made out to be. Good luck.

Daniel Sandlin says:

Any chance there is a pdf for this?

Paul Colville says:

Excellent video, really brokedown the whole procedure of building a top bar hive.

babylontorch says:

that is interesting!

MouseOnFilm1 says:

@Dreamr OKelly, it’s not that I fear the bees particularly as my head tells me that they won’t sting me without reason….but since the wasps anything that buzzes past me makes me panic….it’s like my body reacts before my brain can intervene! I’m hoping to expose myself to bees more this year in the hopes I can get over it. :-/

Dreamr OKelly says:

Bees and wasps or yellow jackets are very dissimilar. Don’t fear the bees. I have been picking them up by their wings since I was a kid.

The only bee stings I have ever had were on my bare-feet for stepping on the poor guys.

Dreamr OKelly says:

I have not seen any in Colorado, while I saw several swarms in California. I don’t think they can survive the cold temps either. Bees go into involuntary hibernation when their body temp drops.

I can only imagine what wildlife would do to a hive of hibernating bees! Yum Yum

Dreamr OKelly says:

Africanized bees are larger, darker and more agressive.

Le Sellers says:

That’s all true, of course, but it has nothing to do with what we’re talking about.

The question is whether it’s good to “remove” a wild swarm for a domestic hive and whether USmerican hives are inbred to the point that it may be causing CCD. The information I have seen leads me to believe that both answers are “yes”.

PaladinPrepper says:

Cody, there is an important reason for the ‘false back’ which you are calling a ‘divider’. On YouTube, watch the 6 minute video clip titled: “BackYardHive New DVD: Alternative Beekeeping Using the Top Bar Hive”.

PaladinPrepper says:

It’s also easier for the bees to defend one entrance (from ‘robber bees’) than to defend multiple entrances.

PaladinPrepper says:

By ‘remove’ do you mean ‘capture’? Define ‘wild’. I don’t know anyone who has domesticated bees. Even the Italian bees are still ‘wild’ bees, they are simply more calm and docile than others. When capturing a swarm of bees, you may not know if that swarm came from a hive which has been in a wilderness tree for years, or if it came from a backyard hive down the street. Capturing a swarm is a good thing because it provides the opportunity to take action in saving and multiplying the bees.

PaladinPrepper says:

McCartney Taylor (“OutOfABlueSky”) uses both Langstroth and Top Bar hives. The growing interest in Top Bar hives is not only because it’s a simpler, less expensive hive, but even some traditional beekeepers are making a transition to Top Bar hives because in the Top Bar hives there is less of a problem with Varroa Mites.

PaladinPrepper says:

The beekeeping videos I’ve seen indicate that urban hives are healthier and generate more honey than hives in rural areas where pesticides are being used on crops. If I had my preference, I’d place a rural hive at least three miles away from any crops where pesticides are being sprayed on crops.

PaladinPrepper says:

Not food, just a few drops of Lemon Grass Oil.

Darren King says:

I was just looking at the 40 year old satellite dish left in my yard by the previous owner, wondering what I could do with it. I guess I’ll use the screen and build a hive now.

Le Sellers says:

You may find a swarm in a tree. Hold a 5 gal bucket under it, knock it down into the bucket, put a lid on it. As long as you get the queen (almost always in the center of the swarm), any wandering workers will find her.

Be sure you’re veiled, etc., and this presents no problem. Watch a few videos on capturing swarms. It’s really not difficult.

Le Sellers says:

That works, but it’s unreliable. The scout bees may rob your bait.

It’s very effective to find a swarm (they’re just as often in cities as in the country, but city bees are sometimes much harder to capture — they hide in walls and roofs). Keep an eye out for swarms, and when you find one, just put a cardboard box over them, slide a piece of cardboard (or Masonite) under the swarm and move it to your top bar hive. Close it up (with food) for a few days. (I hate the limit — can’t finish a …)

Le Sellers says:

I used ixquick(dot com) (better and safer than Google, in my opinion), searching on “domesticated honey bees inbred collapse”, and got the quote in my earlier message. There are many such references.

Le Sellers says:

Peter Bernhardt: [The Australian bee] population is healthier than [the USmerican one] because you have a larger genetic reserve. One of the reasons, apparently, our hives are doing poorly is because of a lot of inbreeding. We do not have the broader genetic reserves that you can draw on. … there are very few strains available. … I wonder if more attention had been spent on the commercial honeybee industry in the United States, I wonder if we might have avoided this problem entirely.

Le Sellers says:

LDSPrepper does not use a top bar hive.

The bees are the same, but the techniques used are very different.

YouTube contributor “OutOfaBlueSky” (youtube. …/feed/UCndWYkPK3h04-69TmN_ZcNw ) focuses on top bar hives, but he’s in “sunny” Texas, so the seasons don’t match, and the approach would be different. (BTW, LDSprepper is also in Texas.)

jbr1074 says:

“likely”- reads as if it is certainly based upon sound biological fact, so thats good… Can you substantiate your remarks that bees have become inbred? Im very interested to know more about that perspective; ‘thought’ to be- By whom? Id love to read more research on that, as I am confident the leading research has indicated its of chemical nature (ei Pesticides). Lastly, I do enjoy eating, though be mindful, if we it it all now- none later. This applies to bees, and the OTHER pollinators.

jbr1074 says:

How about stewardship?

tbirdlew says:

i, for one, enjoyed your philosophical commentary during the clasp installation. great video, and i am going out to the hardware store and making one of these!

manny9585 says:

Well Cody, again you have been so educational as well as interesting to watch. I thank you another great video on your crafts and projects. I hope to one day find the time to be more resourceful. God bless!

mshurance says:

As always your videos are great! The content has always been excellent and your videography has really been fun to watch as you continue to improve your various shots. These are some of the best DYI videos on YouTube. Keep them coming…we love them.

MrFaitmaker says:

LDSPrepper has been keeping bees and has harvested a couple hundred pounds of honey and I don’t know how much wax. That’s his YT channel name so maybe you can watch him or message him with any questions you might have.

Jake Rauls says:

Cody, I am actually in the process of building this exact same thing. Great timing on your video for me. As always, great work. Take care!

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