Urban Beekeeping: More Oberservation Hive/ Queen Bee Footage

I show the queen, being cleaned and fed. In this video, I was concerned about the activity of the queen, but I should consider that it is the winter months and her activity will be less!

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Theiyidogan says:

öyle yapcaz artık nabalım

Theiyidogan says:

Greetings There are many treatment methods against every type of diseases ofcourse.I know my job and seems you know yours.I started this when i was 9 y.o, and I haven’t lost a single beehive since 1986 (worst winter) i guess that i know what im doing. Didn’t mean to give a lesson to anyone with my opinions and i know harmful chemicals, i just shared what i think and appreciated the efort given. You can carry on with what you have, and ill be keep my way so don’t be angry Thanks

urbangreenbee says:

I was thinking that the smell was from those bratty hive beetles, but who knows. The problem with the observation hive is that you can’t inspect it regularly. Please send me an personal message or hit me up on my website, urbangreenbee dot co m I am excited to talk to you!

urbangreenbee says:

Thanks! hahaha yeah, I imagine that light is annoying! jeeze! I really want to try a top bar hive! I am from Chicago Heights! Cool!

urbangreenbee says:

I could use some magic powder, I am suspecting some EFB in one of my hives!!!!

urbangreenbee says:

why thank you. I had a good friend/scientist named Mustafa, he was an amazing dancer!

urbangreenbee says:

thanks so much! I bet your observation hive will be better than this one, they are very exciting! Please let me know how it goes!

urbangreenbee says:

so, this observation hive is not the best design… I had my eye on another one, but my advisor had difficulty with his paypal and got this one instead… jeeze. the dimensions inside do NOT establish beespace, there is too much space. It is meant to stay inside, there is a little tunnel that leades outdoors through a window. and there are several screened vents along the sides of it. I will see about explaining how it was put together and which one I really want! 🙂

urbangreenbee says:

great news! I had some weak packages at the beginning of the season and am hoping for better success this year! you guys are rad.

Beebuds says:

the yeasty smell is probably old pollen sitting around. And it might be emitting heat because it is encased in glass, like a greenhouse affect. And a response to “theiyidogan”: Rooftop beekeping is the only way to do beekeeping. what kind of bee in nature builds their own hive on the ground? They build hives up on trees, way up in the air. Keep up the good work “urbangreenbee” I got some stuff I’d like to talk to you about

Beebuds says:

I appreciate what you are doing with GWU. I met the beekeeper who has the observation hive in the musuem of natural history. He’s a wild guy, I forgot his name though. I keep bees in Chicago with some buddies of mine, we are “the beebuds” and do it purely for research. we only use Top bar hives; cheaper, lets bees build their own comb, and no heavy lifting of lousy supers. I’m glad you’re not freaking out about your sleepy queen, but please stop shining the flashlight. (kidding).

Beebuds says:

treatments against CCD?? what kind of treatments are those, some magical powder? Or are you referring to stopping major chemical companies like Behr and monsanto from using Systemic pesticides on our crops?? I mean no disrespect, but the fabled CCD is brought on by chemicals, its not a mystery, research systemic pesticides and you’ll have your so called treatment.

Mustafa Hak says:

thanks very sexy beekeper

jarodhmorrison says:

I think a little lethargy is to be expected in January. I’m in the process of building an observation hive. I can’t wait to stock it this spring. I’m hoping to do a split and watch as the queen less hive produces a queen. I enjoy your videos, keep them coming.

kishka7 says:

That observation hive is interesting! Could you show us how to build one? How often do you bring it inside – is it just to inspect it and then it stays outside otherwise? After all, the bees do have to get out to collect their pollen and nectar! How do you know there is proper ventilation?
Overall – pretty cool!! Thanks!

azurebllc says:

Feral bees don’t seem to expereince the same challenges that the bees kept by people experience. The bees know what they are doing.

We focus on supporting a healthy immune system and building huge population density in our hives.

No chemicals from day one and no losses in our apiary this year!

urbangreenbee says:

You got me all fired up! I appreciate the kind words, but we are different beekeepers.

urbangreenbee says:

So, no, you cannot say that I am doing it wrong, because I am not. There is a saying, “If you ask 10 beekeepers how to do something, you will get 12 different answers,” that is because we all have different methods. I make these videos to teach new beekeepers how to do things my way and I show them how things develop along the way. Again, I thank you for your interest.

urbangreenbee says:

Diseases don’t come from chemicals or even through them. . I understand that much research has shown chemicals (i.e. certain neonicitonoids) to increase the chances of certain diseases like Nosema but that is a matter of resistance and sensitivity brought on by the chemicals. More chemicals don’t necessarily mean a cure.

urbangreenbee says:

I am well aware of how beekeeping is done in Turkey and I have a friend who is a veterinarian & part of major beekeeping research operation there as well. He taught me about the Turkish beekeeping rules and practices at a seminar with other researchers. We have different methods.

urbangreenbee says:

There is little that can be done for a hive that has been affected with CCD. I am not convinced that my hives have CCD and when I say that I will test for other diseases, I mean Nosema etc., not varroa. As you can see, I said that I would test for pests and pathogens, other than varroa, since I already am aware of the varroa present.

urbangreenbee says:

Thank you for your concern and interest. I have been keeping bees for over 12 years and I do not use chemicals; I will continue to not do so as long as I can. I am conducting research with the USDA and am well versed in honey bee biology and ecology. I understand the difference between a disease and a parasitic mite. All hives that I have encountered for the last 8 years have had varroa. Not all beekeepers use chemicals on their bees, many do not.

Theiyidogan says:

Other than that, it’s really hard what you’re doing on that building roofs. I wish you luck and i hope they survives this winter. That girls are lucky to have keeper like you.

Theiyidogan says:

Goodmorning! You can’t save them without chemicals i.m.h.o. It’s beekeeping, you are calling diseases, mites as you keeping bees. I appreciated your affection and not to use chems, but many diseases came through chems today and many of them not even natural. I can’t say you are doing it wrong because i didn’t even open any of your hives and exam that colonies. But i will wait to hear about it till spring. I’d still recommend treatment againts CCD. We never know what the winds bring on our hives

urbangreenbee says:

Thanks so much. I generally don’t treat with chemicals, but I am having some difficulties this year. I have lost a couple hives and it is unclear why. The weather was mild, there was lots of honey to eat, and all of that. There are not many dead bees in the hive, but I don’t want to jump straight to CCD. I am going to do some tests to see if there are other pests or pathogens besides varroa and see what I want to do then. I might change my ways for a short while. 

Theiyidogan says:

Yeah it seems they have nice strong cluster also. But looks like you forgot their autumn treatment. I hope you wont lost too many girls till spring. Some of them has itchy backs and they trying to get rid of those mites as i see. I subbed you so we’ll see how many dies in 2 months. I’d suggest you to apply oxalic acid cures right now but i don’t really know about weather tempatures over there Great footages and thanks for sharing your experiences. Thumbs up for you!

urbangreenbee says:

she is just from this last year, she is doing well, she was just slowing down for the cold weather season. I forgot about that! 🙂

Theiyidogan says:

how old is she?

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