Tallest & Strongest Bee Hives Colonies In the World / Using the Rose Hive Method Beekeeping

http://www.rosebeehives.com In this video you learn quite a lot about bees. By letting them do what they would under natural circumstances, you can get reall…


farmlifejp says:

You do great work. And thank you for this info.

workwithnature says:

Hi David 😉
A good plan. Reduces a lot of cost.

It is doable if you gradually add empty’s in between full frames. Mark the top of each new frame, with the year you put it in and you can then change them and keep track. Just be careful not to put to many into the brood nest.

I have tried the starter strips like with the top bar hive. If you give them all at once, they can still build it all cross ways and it gets very messy.

Hope that helped.

Best wishes David.

M.D Trees says:

Sorry David, I’m also named David.. 🙂

M.D Trees says:

Would it be possible to use the frames without any wax at all or just a thinner line as a start? Kind of the way some do TBH’s

workwithnature says:

Cheers it is always good to hear from other beekeepers and get their feedback.
Thanks for that.
New video on splits out soon too.
Be delighted if you could give your opinion.
Cheers David.

yunk9 says:

I can confirm this method is very good.

Keep up the good work.

JawsBrink says:

hey,thanks for the quick response.
U know,the more i watch about beekeeping,the more it facinates me and the more i would want to actually do it.
But its not gonna happen though,i live in a tiny apartment in urban area in the Netherlands,so its not gonna happen anytime soon.
But im still facinated by it and love watching bee videos on youtube now.Still want to know all about it,even though i proly never will become a beekeeper.

workwithnature says:

Hey how are you,
That’s a good question. Something I used to wonder about too.
Normally the sting can go through clothing. But it is only 0.6 mil long. We wear two layers. One is the bee suit the other our trousers and jumper. This means the bee sting can’t reach the skin. In this video, if I remember rightly, Tim was only referring to the bees stinging the bee suit and not him 😉 Sorry I think I edited that bit out, to make it not to long.
Best wishes David.

JawsBrink says:

i just dont get it.He wears protection and yet he gets stung?
Do they bite trough the material or do they just get inside or underneath the protection suit?

amorfini498 says:

Hey, im good thanks david. that is very interesting, I will definitely have a bee colony in time.

workwithnature says:

Hey how are you.
It does. The way it works is, bees believe there is a forest fire and then gorge themselves with honey. This makes them more placid. Also the cool smoke when directed over the top of the frames, forces down the attaching bees that come up to make the attach.
Best wishes David.

amorfini498 says:

Does the smoke make the bees calm down ?

Dan Wilson says:

Good video. Very practical, useful and instructive. I’m going to use some of his techniques next year. My colonies were not big enough this year.

workwithnature says:

Thanks Dale 😉
I suppose not without some descent movable steps.
Have a nice day Dale 😉

Dale Calder says:

Great video and obviously it works. I could never work that tall hive though.

workwithnature says:

Cheers Man 😉
Hows the garden allotment going for you. The crops going well.

workwithnature says:

Hey John,
Do man, it is the best hobby there is, as you are very close to nature and they always amaze you no matter what. Just how they build there comb is very clever. The cells are always tilting upwards to prevent honey or rather nectar to flow out. They also fit together in the best way posible for strength and storage.

Tim meant there, his suit got stung. But you do get sometimes a few stings through the suit, but this doesn’t happen very often. You get used to it.
Take care David.

timrowe7 says:

Nope. I’ve been doing it this way for many years. Because it works. Try it sometime?
I would never go back to moving a few frames – too risky for the brood on the outside. Each to their own though – I’m not trying to convince anyone, but I know what works best for me and my bees (I’ve been a beekeeper for 36 years and changed to this method about 8 years ago. 100 colonies.

kokosz33 says:

Stil I would at least put 2-3 frames of brood into the box of emty frames. Bees would make a bridge betwean boxes they know and use the box faster. your way you are almost makeing a split

Omjohnfree says:

Tim said he had been stung a few times. How is that possible when he is completely covered? This is a great video David .May bees If I can overcome my fear I will keep some bees.

bakker46 says:

Very interesting Dave and a very cool house in the back ground

workwithnature says:

I did get your meaning and am glad you tell use what you think. Cheers 😉
You would need a ladder if you went any higher. ( My thoughts 🙂 Again Glad you mention the Langstroth hives. Tim actually says in this video, you can use and he often recommends people using suppers with this way of beekeeping. This can be applied to all of the different hives. I have in the past used brood chambers of the National. But found them way to heavy. But practical for splitting. Pros and cons are everywhere 😉

The Productive Garden says:

Of course it should have said wouldnt like them so high but I think you got that. I agree it makes a nice stong colony which is restricted in langstroth hives when using a queen excluder. If someone was already using langstroth hives they could easily convert to this style by taking out the queen excluder and using their existing boxes so there is no need to buy a whole new set of gear.

workwithnature says:

Ha appreciate your feedback 🙂
Is a good one,
I feel there is much to be learned by such an approach. My own fascination with this is, that you have a very strong colony, that has the ability to draw out comb very fast. Then when making splits you can include full boxes. A great way to get them through the winter and no need to ever feed sugar.
Best wishes David.

The Productive Garden says:

Interesting concept. I would like the boxes so high it looks very cumbersome having to lift them so high.

timrowe7 says:

empty queen cups – well spotted though

timrowe7 says:

queen cups - quite different

Francisco Jose Ruiz Diaz Ojeda says:

two queen cells. in the midle at 48 sec

jkmochamaster says:

Best view of eggs I have seen on an actual inspection. You said you didn’t see swarm cells and were happy because you wanted their numbers to grow…but wasn’t that 2 uncapped queen cells at 49 seconds?

EarthToolz says:


MrMac5150 says:

Cheers Mate

workwithnature says:

My Guess is, 3 with 8 boxes 🙂

workwithnature says:

The name is a Rose hive

Megahs2010 says:

Interesting way to keep bees, not sure which is better one colony of 8 brood boxes or 3 hives instead.!!??

chetnikpocetnik says:

what is the name of this type of hive?

timrowe7 says:

spreading brood horizontally, as you describe, Kokosz, is risky, because the brood can get chilled, but this way (spreading brood vertically) really is completely safe. As long as there are plenty of bees, of course.

kokosz33 says:

When queen needs more space for eggs you can give them fev drawn empty frames but never put a box of empty feames and split the nest.

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