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Backyard Beekeeping Questions Answered 67 why bees sting your hands and more. Flow Super not used?

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  1. As someone with zero experience with beekeeping but who eventually wants to get involved in the hobby, are there any downsides to using the Flow hives to start rather than more traditional hive models? Would I be missing out on integral knowledge and/or practices?

  2. Black gloves =bear paws. Have some black nitrile, bees go beserk. My bees don’t seem bothered by my cowhide gloves, perhaps because I regularly rub in Vaseline into which a few drops of wintergreen oil has been mixed.

  3. I have a question about the BeeWeaver Queens, have you tried the R Weaver queens? I know the company split in the 90’s and wanted to know if they have the same stock or not. Bee Weaver only sells Queens and not packages or Nucs. However R Weaver does. Thanks for the info!

  4. Hey Fred. With all the talk of different strains of bees, there is a guy that I would consider as an up and coming Sue Cobey of the east. He has some equipment and has been working with a lot of different varroa resistant strains. He's has A.I. on premises and looks to be doing good.
    His company is New River Bees out of Southern West Virginia. And thanks for your work and knowledge .

  5. I always wondered why the beehive has historically been represented as a dome shaped? Do you know anything about the early days of beekeeping and why they may have used that shape back in the day?

  6. I am a newbee using the Flow Hive. I had a deep brood box and a deep super on until the beginning of June. They started storing nectar in the upper deep so I added the Flow Super on. Since they already started filling the upper deep, they completely filled that before working the Flow Super. I added a second deep brood box and checker-boarded the frames so the queen would use both boxes (all the frames in the brood box were full of brood and eggs). Should I remove the full super and rely on the Flow super for any additional nectar? Or can I leave the full super on for over-winter stores? They are in the Flow super working it and starting to store there. Thanks for all the wonderful content!

  7. Thank you for the many and very informative videos. I of course have a question and hope it is not something that you have already covered in one of your many previous videos. I recently received a swarm in a nuc box, and as the design of the nuc called for the so-called 'cold' arrangement of the frames in accordance to the entrance, I copied that when transferring the bees to a 12 frame brood box. The swarm is settling in nicely with brood in all stages as well as plenty of stores of capped honey and pollen. All is well. My question relates to preparation for winter, and as I have always arranged my frames the 'warm' way my immediate thought is to do the same with this colony sometime between now and winter arriving. I would love to hear your thoughts and possible experience with 'cold' vs. 'warm' hives, and if it is fine to change the direction of the frames without upsetting the bees too much. At the moment I will maintain the 'cold' arrangement as I presume that the brood pattern is made up to match the passing of the sun across the hive during the day, and while the swarm is building a new colony I prefer not to 'rock the boat', but if it is of benefit to have a 'warm' hive over winter I would want to turn the brood box before winter (simply turning the stand, floor, and entrance is not an option due to the particular layout). Thanks in advance. Jakob

  8. I did the Acorn frame test Fred. You are right, they draw those out so much faster. I was amazed at how much faster, even when I did not checkerboard. A couple hives, I just set a full deep of 10 Acorn frames on top, and in 4 days they already had comb started on every single frame! Even when adding lots of wax to my Mann Lake Plastic foundation, they draw the heavy wax Acorn faster. I did not add any wax to the Acorn, and it doesn't appear I'll need to either. Now if they weren't so expensive….

  9. The humble Virginia opossum, America's only marsupial, kills nearly 95% of ticks that cross their path. It is estimated that a single opossum is capable of eating an estimated 5,000 ticks every season!

  10. What do you think of the work of TheKillerBees guys in Arizona. I watched many of their videos and in some of them, they appear to be killing non-Africanized bees, claiming that they are. They claim Arizona is 100% infested with Killer Bees, so they say they have a license to wipe out any hive. What are your thoughts on this?

  11. I had a question about honey dew honey. I just read an article on it, that it comes from aphids. Have you ever had any experience with this type of honey? It comes from the ash, oak, willow, little leaf linden trees that have aphids on them in the late summer especially during dry periods when sap runs fro. These and other trees. Is it possible that this can serve as a dearth bridge?
    Here is the article:
    Look forward to your thoughts.

  12. Hi Fred – hope this isn’t a duplicate. I did search thru all the videos and didn’t see a related question. What do you put on the outside of the hive components to protect them? We started with exterior latex, but I am not quite happy with a coating on top versus wood penetration. I have seen tung oil and Vermont natural whey coating suggested. We use Ready Seal on the barn, but unsure if this will be toxic after it dries? I would like something that won’t crack and flake like a polyurethane, and of course, nontoxic for bees. Thank you.

  13. Fred can you smell honey if there is a beehive (wild) outside somewhere near? I have been catching whiffs of honey in my area. Nobody immediately around me has hives. Where would I begin to look for the bees? I dont want anyone to mess with them.

  14. Hello i have a very important question i live in south east of york pa question is inter covers slot in in general which way should i put the slot i have them down and back at this time should i put the slots down and front for the winter or close slot for winter i feel the the slot location is very important to controlling condensation thank you Andrew

  15. Hope it's not considered rude to ask another question. Last year, you were experimenting with using paper wasps to control the yellowjacket population. I was wondering if you were able to draw more conclusions from that, or maybe you won't know for sure until the fall, when yellowjackets are most ornery.

  16. Mr Dunn, my honey super is full of bees with one drawn out frame with comb and some honey, do I wait until there are 5-6 frames of drawn out comb, first year so plastic frames had no previous comb. It's been 19 days since added super want to make sure bees have plenty of room ? Thanks Lora

  17. Hey Fred, I've kept top bar hives for 7 years in Canada and had 1 of 2 or both pull through every winter. height doesn't matter for the bees, they move length wise. they are 14" deep V shaped combs about 18" wide bars.

  18. Quick question about swarming. I had a hive swarm, I caught them and got them in a 10 frame box with no drawn comb, just waxed foundation. I checked them 9 days later and 8 frames are fully drawn with nectar and pollen. I see no evidence of the queen. I'm planning on waiting until day 14 to decide if they have a queen. What are your thoughts? Btw I'm in mid Michigan and the nectar is flowing. Side note I've built 8 horizonal hives and I have 4 occupied this year. So far they are great!

  19. Hello Frederick,
    I am a new American beekeeper living in Hungary. I am at a bit of a disadvantage here because I don't speak Hungarian and am unable to find resources or consult local beekeepers on my particular climate.
    I have a new nuc in my FlowHive and they are working away happily in their new home. My question is my queen is laying eggs everywhere and my workers are having to fill newly hatched brood cells with nectar before the queen has time to lay in those cells. The colony has been working away at my new frames but have only managed to fill 5 of my 8 frames with comb.
    This of course is causing a very disorganized pattern of brood and honey. I am wondering if this is normal for a first time queen and if there is anything I can do help.
    Thanks so much for your channel, it has been invaluable to me as an English speaker living abroad.
    Cheers, Haleigh

  20. Hi Fred recently found your channel thanks for all the videos and info u share not got bees yet but hoping to when we move. Have u thought about adapting your long hive to be able to use flow frames in there?

  21. Hi Fred! Ouch! What do you use to treat your stings? I have been stung twice now and it’s not fun. The last one was under my nose. She got me twice and didn’t loose her stinger. I used essential oils to treat the sting site. Lavender oil (it’s an antihistamine, for pain and swelling use the most )Basil oil ( is an anti venom & you only need a little) and Blue Tansy oil (stops venom from moving, also use this a lot) Then I used a hot compress to pull out the venom ( at first ever 10 minutes, then ever 30 minutes for first day. Then as needed. I did it every hour the next day for half the day, then as needed) All the while I used the oils of lavender, blue tansy the next day. A few days later I could squeeze out the venom and it healed up nicely.

  22. Is their any material, that can replace gunny bags( Used in India) as a protective covering between Top Cover and Brood chamber. If their any material that can replace, plz mention


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