Beekeeping for Beginners pt2

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…


clockguy2 says:

I cut glass all the time and saw your straight edge shift as you were scribing it. That’s why your cut was off. I use a straight edge with cork glued to the underside so that it grabs the glass a little better. Most windows I see in these hives are rabbeted into the inside and sealed in with silicone. Many put a door over the glass to block out sunlight.

scott m says:

From my experience old glass doesn’t cut cleanly like new glass does.

MsTokies says:

you will prolly need another soon.. top bars normally work out well u can prolly setup 3 easy they swarm

res1492 says:

your gonna need a piece of wood to fit in that window over winter or the bees WILL freeze, also watch out for condensation build up on the inside of the hive

Andre Gross says:

Next time you cut class try heating the joint with a propane torch and it might break cleaner. And if it’s a cold day the warm glass is nice too.

PaladinPrepper says:

Cody, you’ll forgive me for pointing this out, but… the primary purpose for the observation window in a Top Bar Hive… is not to watch the bees. The purpose of the window is to check and see if the bees have begun drawing comb on the last top bar. When they do, you must immediately harvest at least one bar of honey stores. If you don’t, the bees will begin building comb on the ‘end board’ of the hive… which would be a problem, as it would be troublesome to harvest.

mwingethdz says:

Cody — your work is lovely and your videos are beautiful and compelling. How do you stay organized enough to get all your chores and projects done while shooting and producing them so consistently? Perhaps you could refer me to the answer if you’ve explained this already in another video or series on how you get things done(?) Thanks!

junito1957 says:

believe it or not i have warre hives with a window on my bottom super using door screen just to keep my eyes on my bees in case i have to add another super my bees are all AHB Africanized and they build comb very fast , they do everything way faster then the EHB , another reason i use screen window is if it get too hot i could open the window just a bit for Ventilation i live where where the planting zone is 12A! hot and Humid in the summer we have no winter where lowest it get is in the 60s

loudlikenature says:

Window looks great but the bees are going to propolize it. 😛

Varyag53 says:

I do not understand why in the hive window?

Robert Smith says:

You will need a cover for that window when you are not looking through it. Bees want the inside of their hive to be dark.

Robert Ayres says:

wondering if the glass will create any extra heat in the hive, and if so, is there an issue?

minuteman1221 says:

can any glass be cut this way?

plumbingism says:

cool video good luck makeing honey the best part is your s#% t eatin grin good stuff bro made my day

TheDarkalkymist says:

the bees will seal up any gaps with propolis so not to big an issue

TheLeatherChannel says:

Screwdrivers? Heck, he made that pin nailer – just from what he had lying around the shop already – LOL

Washingstone says:

I’d put plexiglass for safety, it won’t break as easily as glass.

quinnmont says:


startwiththeballs says:

that hive is going to bee a nice place to live

72truckster says:

That hive is going to be the BUZZ of the neighborhood.

miket482000 says:

I have made 20 of these hives all with windows and over the last 7 years none have ever broken.

excxflyr says:

might consider cutting out a spare glass pane now to have on hand? just in case.

PleasantSuprise says:

@ 4:20 MOVE YOUR FINGER….. Whew! Lucky! 🙂

Mrcaffinebean says:

Also the glass will be way easier to clean if it gets sticky or something.

Mrcaffinebean says:


reviveliberty says:

Cody, through your videos and your encouragement. I’ve taken a project up on my own. I have been making my wife a loom so she can weave on. It’s very satisfying seeing the pieces take shape as well as the fact we’re not spending $700 on a loom.

miket482000 says:

Agreed, you will be running a tool down the sides to separate the come from the sides and you would mess up Plexiglas!

miket482000 says:

Also by having the gap on the inside of the window your back board will have a large gap on that side.

miket482000 says:

Lots!!!!! that’s why it is best to put it flush with the inside of the hive!

miket482000 says:

Just my personal opinion as a bee keeper, but I think that the traditional Langstroth hive is a better choice for colder areas. They allow for a greater volume of honey storage for over wintering.

miket482000 says:

That depends on you winter climate! The warmer it is the less they will use over the winter. However I have to say that I don’t like the designs with the side hole entrances. It makes it very hard to feed them if you need to, and in colder climates it is a good idea at least in the spring to get them up and running when there is little forage for then.

miket482000 says:

you also need to make a cover for the window Bees like to be in the dark so it should be covered when you are not looking in!

miket482000 says:

Just an FYI! By having the glass set to the outside you will have a space that the bees will fill with comb and you will not be able to get a tool in there on the inside to separate it from the side because of the inset! It would have been Much better to put the glass in a grove on the inside of the hive and make it flush with the inside of the hive!!!!!!!

pr4runner says:

I have never had success using those glass cutters.

explorur1959 says:

How many lbs. of honey do you think this hive could hold? I’ve considered making these too, but have heard that a hive can go through 100 lbs. of honey to get them through a winter.

IFknHateUTube says:

I wonder how much propolis the bees are going to stuff around the edges of that window.

MrCaboola says:

I noticed you left your fingers on the frame where you used the nail gun. Do you think a nail could glance off some denser wood particles and land in your finger?

jpf3082 says:

Will it be hard to cut the comb from the window sill, for lack of a better word, when harvesting. Thank you for your videos and the insperation.

kf4ung says:

You will need in your colder climate to make a box or board with blocks to hold over the window for the winter months. Single pane glass will transmit the cold inside much quicker than the wood. You also will need to wax the tops of the brass screws or they will tarnish the wood from their oxidization, as most brass screws are not pure brass but a alloyed brass that rusts in the outdoors. Beautiful work, and look forward to your next video.

Tom Fox says:

I think you’ll really enjoy beekeeping, Cody. My favorite part, I think besides the honey itself, is watching the bees regulate the temperature of the hive. In a city made of wax so to speak, heat is a real pain. They’ll line up at the entry’s and just fan their wings. Also, if you go slow and bee (heh) gentle, you can teach Jack how to pet honey bees so long as he doesn’t have any allergies. I’ll see about making my first video showing my 4yr old how if you would like to see.

wranglerstar says:

I don’t like plexi glass. It scratches to easy and it fades in the sun.

wranglerstar says:

Be sure to send me a picture of your completed hive. I’ll post it on my FB page…

wranglerstar says:

LOL, no I did not.

wranglerstar says:

I never thought about that. Thanks for the tip…

wranglerstar says:

The time is now. If you go to my facebook page you can watch my sister capture a swarm….

wranglerstar says:

I wish I would have thought of that…

wranglerstar says:

Yes I’m working out the design in my head now.

wranglerstar says:

It’s the proper way…

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