Beekeeping for Beginners – Adding Bees

Beekeeping for Beginners – Adding Bees


Hi I’m Tricia, an organic gardener. I grow
organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Today we’re going to be installing a
three-pound package of bees with the queen into the new hive. but first i need to make the syrup, get my smoker going and get suited up. When your introducing a relatively small new
colony into a new hive they’ll need to put all their resources
into drawing out new comb so that the queen bee can lay eggs to grow the
population of worker bees. The comb is also used for storing
pollen. To help the bees draw the comb as
quickly as possible your going to need to provide them with some syrup at this critical time. Simply mix one part pure organic cane
sugar with one part hot water and then shake to dissolve and let it cool
before giving it to bees. I filled up this clean spray bottle with
water spraying the bees will calm them down but more importantly weigh them down
so their easier to install into the hives. Another way to subdue the bees and make
them more docile is to give them a few puffs of cold
smoke. Each time you head out to check on your
hives you’ll light up a smoker, fill it full of fuel, light a match, close the lid and use this bellow to encourage burning. Well it’s time to get suited up i’m gonna put on a full suit with a veil and gloves. The elastic and zippers make the suit both
easy to get on and off as well as secure. Bees generally sting dark colors so it’s important to wear white as much
as possible. Bees are particularly attracted to hair
or anything that loosely resembles a bear. So most people where a veil at a
minimum. These gloves provide extra protection and
ventilation for warm days. Always have your bee brush and you’re hive tool. I’ve already set up my hive stand, the solid
bottom board, the feeder and the first brood box. I’m just gonna insert my sugar syrup
now. Remove the three innermost frames to
create a space to pour in the new bees. Using a clean bottled water mist the
bees lightly to prepare them for being transferred
into their hives. Generally package bees will come with a
can of syrup that the bees have been feeding from. Gently lift it out of the box and set it
aside. Pull out your queen cage, brush off any bees that are on the cage
so that you can see the queen, make sure that she is alive and set her aside.
Now your going to pour your bees into the hive you may need to give the box a hearty
shake to get the bees to fall into the hive. There’ll be some bees left in the box, set
it down on the ground facing the hive entrance. The remaining bees should find their way into the hive. After a few minutes the bees should be on
the foundation and out of the bottom of this hive. Once this is the case gently place each
frame back into the hive. We’re gonna remove the tack at the end
of the queen cage slide a finger over the end and don’t
let the queen escape. Insert the queen candy halfway into the
hole. The screen of the queen cage should face
down into the hive The bees will eat away at the sugar candy
for two to three days to release the queen. Bend this piece of metal to hook it over
the top of a frame. Place your inner cover on your hive and
then your outer cover. You’ll leave the bees alone for eight days. The worst beginner mistake is opening
the hive too often and too early. This can result in a slowing down the
bees progress and worse, accidentally rolling or killing your
queen. On day eight you can take the covers off
the hive, gently lift that outermost frame out of
the hive and then slide the center framed towards
the edge. This will allow you to lift out the
center frames without crushing any bees especially your queen. When you hold a central frame up to the
sun you should see eggs. They’re little white dots a smidge smaller
than a grain of rice. When you see this you know your queen
is laying and your off to a good start. Gently set the central frames back
inside the hive, slide the frames inwards and place the
eighth empty frame back in on the edge. Once the bees have filled up most of the
frames in the first brood box add the second one. After both of the brood chambers are nearly
full of comb you’ll be ready for your queen excluder and honey supers
one-by-one. Now your a honey bee keeper, grow organic for life.

30 thoughts on “Beekeeping for Beginners – Adding Bees”

  1. Very nice. Our city does not allow us to keep bees in our backyards, but this video is very instructional for those who can.

  2. When you put the queen excludor on, are you ignoring the bottom 2 boxes and reserving the top boxes for product or how does this all work exactly?

  3. Yes, the bottom two boxes contain the queen and the baby bees and the food for the hive. You put the queen excluder on so the queen doesn't come into the top boxes and lay eggs in the honey you plan to eat. Bottom boxes are the bee's and the top boxes are yours.

  4. What's this? A beekeeping video with an abundance of bees? A large influx of bees will put a stop to that!

  5. These videos are great. It would be very helpful if you could make one about what it takes to maintain the bees. Do they take daily or weekly care year round? How often do you harvest the honey? I'm looking forward to watching your progress!

  6. Thank you! We've already done a video on ongoing care, particularly how to manage your hive for health and keep the dreaded varroa mite under control. We hope to have a honey harvest video soon!

  7. @GrowOrganic Were the bees ordered?..If so-can you provide the distributor information? Any response is greatly appreciated:)

  8. @ Mer Setken There are many bee sources. We would recommend contacting your local Master Gardeners or Ag Extension office to find an apiary in your area. You can also find bees online: http://smallfarm.about.com/od/beekeeping/tp/Buy-Package-Honey-Bees-Online.htm Perhaps one of these apiaries is near your location. Good luck with your bees!

  9. Why not remove 5 panels and place the bee box inside the box?  It would seem a lot more natural and less traumatic for the bees?  Then one could remove the box later, once the bees have left the box on their own.  I've seen a few videos advocating the method I described – isn't it better to traumatize the bees as little as possible? Understand I'm asking the question because I am brand-new to all of this.

  10. There are many bee installation methods. And many commercial bee keepers have produced videos but this is excellent. You show the little details that make all the difference. I'll be videoing and installing 2 packages within a few weeks.

  11. Thank you for video! Best spring greetings from Ukrainian beekeepers to beekeepers in Canada and USA!

  12. I love this video! You are so entertaining and informative. I am glad that you are providing so much good information to the public and have found that no matter how long I have raised bees, I can always learn more about them. Especially those little tips and tricks that beekeepers have learned through working with their own bees. Thanks!

  13. I loved this video. My 1st attempt at beekeeping did not end well. Lost one to mites and the others appear to have just left. I went into it needing more information. Thank you. I will study your videos before attempting it again. My question at the end of this one is, which side of the queen separator does the queen go on? I am sure I will find the answer, in your next video…

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