Beekeeping Videos

Take a look at these useful beekeeping videos. I'll be adding more in the future, so please keep coming back. In the meantime, if you have some useful beekeeping videos you would like to include on my site, please contact me via the contact page.

Below, there are 10 videos about beekeeping, illustrating useful techniques, inspecting a hive, building Varroa mite out of the bee hive, useful beekeeping tools, swarm catching, and converting from frame to top bar hives.

The first of these videos is a clip that was featured on the BBC's "Life in a Cottage Garden", with well-known, very highly-regarded BBC gardening presenter, Carol Klein. In this video, Carol and her husband gain an introduction to Top Bar beekeeping from beekeeping guru, Phil Chandler, who helps them set-up their new hive.

One of the things I like most about this video is the demonstration of icing sugar (powdered sugar if you live in the US) in a puffer. He uses this instead of smoke, to calm the bees prior to introducing them to their Top Bar hive. Take into account that smoke actually initiates a kind of 'fight or flight' stress response in bees, and so using the icing sugar puffer is a lovely way to calm the bees, whilst simultaneously keeping stress to a minimum. And I think happier bees surely make for a healthier, more successful colony! Please note that only icing sugar should be used, not caster sugar.

I also like the comment from Phil which for me, sums up one aspect of Natural Beekeeping I really like, and it's this:

"The bees are in charge".

Yes, I like this, because I feel the bees really do know best!

Handy pocket-beekeeping tools - including a great idea for that icing-sugar puffer!!

How to catch a honey bee swarm.

Swarm Catching 101 from Phil Chandler on Vimeo.

How to check up on a top bar bee hive.

Bees naturally build their honey combs downwards. Top Bar hives allow for this natural behaviour. These next beekeeping videos demonstrate how to convert from a framed bee hive to a top bar hive. The 'chop and crop' technique is used to ensure minimal disturbance to the bees.

Moving bees from frames to a top bar hive from Phil Chandler on Vimeo.

How to transfer bees from a Dadant beehive, to a Top Bar bee hive. Such a task is best performed during the first half of the season.

Converting from frames to top bars the easy way - Part 2 from Phil Chandler on Vimeo.

Designing Varroa out of a Top Bar bee hive.

Designing Varroa Out of a Top Bar Hive from Phil Chandler on Vimeo.

Two queens in a hive and supersedure!


How to Start Beekeeping
Link back to main beekeeping section of this website.

Bee Plants
Before you set yourself up with a bee hive, you need to be sure that the bees won't starve to death through lack of nectar and pollen. Here you will find links to calendarized lists of bee-friendly plants that are rich in nectar and pollen. There are lists of garden plants, wildflowers, herbs, trees, srubs, and even fruit and vegetables. There are tips about gardening for bees in problem places, such as shade, drought and clay soil. Also, some tips about creating a lawn that suits the bees!

Honey Bee Deaths Explored
Take a look at this link for lots of comprehensive information about the cause of honey bee deaths and CCD. There is a lot of information about pesticides, including links to scientific report downloads.

Link from Beekeeping Videos to this information about varroa mite and varroa treatments.

Why Do Honey Bees Matter?
Yes, of coure it's obvious to you. But I'm afraid I have discovered that unfortunately it's not obvious to everyone.

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