Urban Beekeeping: #35 Late Summer Inspection, Preparing the Beehive for Winter.

I open a beehive, teach you how to quickly remove bees from the inner and outer cover, smoke them, and show you how to prop the top of the hive for good ventilation, I also teach you about some basic beekeeping tools and how to remove a frame for inspection. I show some warped wax foundation and how to cut apart frames that are stuck together. I complain about Dadant Beekeeping Supplies and why I want to order from another supplier.

Comments

fxarios says:

My dear wire the frames parallel and not up-down as you do …. also you have to tight the wire strongly.Greeedings from GREECE.look this ….. watch?v=wrgUiuWJ43w

philipcollier says:

I am really surprised that you bang the frame to get only a few bees off the frame. Every time you bang a frame on the hive you upset the thousands of bees below. Removing a few bees from the frame is exactly what the bee brush is designed for, so I don’t understand why you don’t use it. (My 5 year old daughter watched this and said “I don’t like the way she bashes the frames, why doesn’t she use the brush”!)

eralisa says:

I think you should remove the queen excluder and your bees will work much better without it.

Redrockat says:

keep up the good work !

urbangreenbee says:

thank you so much! I am glad that you like them!

Redrockat says:

very nice video you made ! Ive subscribed !

urbangreenbee says:

hahaha no, that doesn’t sound like a good roof material! hahaha

Classicalguitarist22 says:

Are you implying that my roof is made of pine needles?! 🙂 An hey, feel free to stop by and collect pine needles with me, We have hundreds of pine trees.

urbangreenbee says:

I also like to use pine needles, but all I have on my roof is gravel! 🙂

Classicalguitarist22 says:

Alot of people seem to like burlap so it must be good. Just make sure its ny chemically treated. I havent been able to get my hands on any so ive never tried it. What I do right now is hold a small hand full of dried pine needles in one hand, and light them with a match then put them into my smoker. Then i pump the bellows a little and add some more. Once i see its smoking a good amount, I pack the smoker as tight as i can with pine needles and close the lid. Then I pump in more air to get it b

Classicalguitarist22 says:

Now about the video. You are very fun to watch!! It is also interesting to see other peoples techniques. With that trick of bumping the cover to get the bees off: I never bother with the bees on the cover or inner cover anymore, theres so many of them. Also, I personnally find jarring thr hive really disturbs my bees. Onetime i dropped my hive tool on the landing board and it caused quite a cloud of bees to come out. If I bump my hives with anything they get mad.

Classicalguitarist22 says:

The last batch of woodenware I bought I bought from brushy mountain, nd it is really good. Their prices are better too. I am starting a new hive this summer that will be all foundation less. I tried foundation less on supers last year and I lked it. I also hate messing with foundation.

Classicalguitarist22 says:

I second that avestorfelt. I also second that penatron. I have gotton wooden ware and foudation from dadant, and walter t kelley. The foundation from dadant was all warped. Walter t kelley was ok, but i like bushy mountain ( in south carolina) better, they have bwtter equipment, and better prices.

ThePenatron says:

foundation sucks anyways , ive gone completely foundationless and its fine if you do it right and cheaper and the bees actually draw it faster i know its hard to believe but its true maybe its cause its how they want it and not how we want it

urbangreenbee says:

And, some of the frames are crooked, AND I had to send back a whole shipment of super walls/ hive body parts because they didn’t even fit together properly and then had a ridge on the bottom… so frustrating!

urbangreenbee says:

Thanks! I am definitely going to change for my next batch of supplies. I made 80 billion frames from Dadant and all of the wax foundations are bowed or warped, so you know the comb will touch once it is drawn out. That is always a mess and often kills the babies! I HATE THAT. Bee space should be the #1 priority in the hive and I keep having issues. Maybe I should just try foundations from another place, I think the Dadant ones are just too long for the frame

David Maynard says:

I use either walter Kelleys or betterbee for my supplies. I find that the prices are more reasonable and I get fewer problem pieces from them.

urbangreenbee says:

good idea! I always manage to make a big mess when I just pull it out like a klutz! I am asking for a robbing scenario with that! Thanks!

avesterfelt says:

Try using an old bread knife to cut the bur comb or bridge comb, works great! Also have always had great sucess with supplies from Brushy Mountain.

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