Beekeeping – Bee Package Installation

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This video outlines the core elements of installing a package of bees into a colony.

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  1. upyoursassmonkey
    12:48 am on October 4th, 2009

    Actually when bees sting other insects they dont lose their stingers and die, that only happens when they sting animals.

  2. Eynigma
    1:18 am on October 4th, 2009

    no, he’s a beekeeper.

  3. onebrandofdemocracy
    1:52 am on October 4th, 2009

    Thanks.

  4. Duboisi
    2:52 am on October 4th, 2009

    They need feeding in the start, as they have no honey yet. Later on you may choose between letting them keep more honey or substitute larger parts with sugar.

  5. demonicnature
    3:40 am on October 4th, 2009

    I love bees too watch out for wasps and hornets they seem to love wiping out bees if only a bee could sting without dying not fair i’ll always help a bee if its in trouble

  6. onebrandofdemocracy
    4:14 am on October 4th, 2009

    What is the sugar water for? Is that just to get the bees started? I thought the bees ate their honey for food. My understanding was that some of the honey is left behind when the beekeeper removes the honey so the bees can eat.

  7. emarat92
    4:39 am on October 4th, 2009

    I do this also
    I am 18 years old
    And frankly, I take lessons from

    Because they are very active and Tdbn
    I love bees
    We have brought a single cell
    Before age
    We did not know nothing about it
    But now we know a lot

    And many other

  8. bagpiper2005
    5:03 am on October 4th, 2009

    Are you doing that with your BARE HANDS???? Are you nuts???

  9. Tickets825164
    5:16 am on October 4th, 2009

    You install those bees so easly

  10. williamthebike
    5:43 am on October 4th, 2009

    wow amazing video and nice music

  11. PSUPhoenix
    6:36 am on October 4th, 2009

    The person featured in the video runs 100-200 colonies and takes great pride in his comb honey.

  12. bvtbee
    7:33 am on October 4th, 2009

    Awesome video! Do u sell comb honey?

  13. accountabilabuddy1
    8:00 am on October 4th, 2009

    Excellent video! I’m doing 3 colonies today–first timer here. I read the book, and watched the video so to speak. I will refer to your video again just prior to the installation. Thank you for posting, and great job AAA+++

  14. PSUPhoenix
    8:34 am on October 4th, 2009

    I guess the most important thing is to make sure the queen is still alive. If you can’t find her, look for the presence of newly laid eggs (smaller than rice and stand straight up in cell) which indicates she is likely still in the hive. If you have no queen, I think I’d write the package off as a wildlife loss and combine it with another colony. I know I hate to give up on a new package, given the fact you just spent good money on the package, but it usually the best course of action. Good Luck

  15. PSUPhoenix
    9:18 am on October 4th, 2009

    That is a very interesting adventure. A couple of things come to mind depending on the strength of a colony. First, is it worth trying to save or should it be merged with another colony? As long as you still have the queen and given the fact we are still early in the year the colony should recover with some help. Second, your idea about moving some brood from a stronger colony will help, but as long as the queen is still alive, you may want to focus on moving bees more than brood.

  16. rpalmeri
    9:19 am on October 4th, 2009

    Hi,
    The hive that stung the possum (see my video response) is quite weak. I HOPE they didn’t sting their queen to death when their alarm pheromone was triggered. The state extension agent was on my phone within 20 minutes of my posting the video to be sure I didn’t get an Africanized colony!
    So, can I move some frames with brood and nurse bees from the strong hive to the weak hive? Obviously I need to be careful not to move the queen as well!
    Thanks,
    RP

  17. PSUPhoenix
    9:30 am on October 4th, 2009

    I think you have it. Just be sure the queen cage is placed over the space between frames to allow the workers access to the queen (not directly over the frame). I keep the inner cover with the telescoping outer cover over (not under) the feeder at least until the queen is freed, but usually until the bees are finished feeding. Hope that helps and if you have any other questions, just let me know. Happy to help however I can. Good Luck!

  18. kleinmattahorn
    10:14 am on October 4th, 2009

    I am getting my 3 lb package today. So you install the bee’s on top of the frames?
    That is different way that I have been taught. Looks easier!
    If I go with your method from what I see:
    1. Get feeder placed
    2. lay queen cage to top of frames
    3. Pour bees on top
    4. Place newspaper to keep bees from making comb
    5. Close top
    Q: do you still install a top board?
    Am I missing any steps?

    Thanks for the post

  19. PSUPhoenix
    10:44 am on October 4th, 2009

    Great! Keep us posted on how you make out. Not puncturing the candy shouldn’t be a big deal. If she is still in there in a couple days you can just open the cage the same way we do on the video. Good Luck!

  20. PSUPhoenix
    11:14 am on October 4th, 2009

    Try looking for a quail feeder. They are slightly smaller than a chicken feeder and seem to work pretty well. If you strike out looking for them, just let me know and I can get you more information.

  21. rpalmeri
    11:39 am on October 4th, 2009

    Thanks for the video. I put my bees in today, AFTER I saw your video. Looks like I got it right!
    I didn’t puncture the queen candy, so we’ll see if the queen is out in a few days!

  22. TundraBuilder
    12:18 pm on October 4th, 2009

    Where did you get those feeders? I have similar ones I use to water our chickens, but the bottom trough is wider and I am afraid most of the bees would end up drowning. I’ve looked around on the internet, but can’t find the narrow trough type you are using. Thanks.

  23. PSUPhoenix
    1:08 pm on October 4th, 2009

    Yep, if you watch close you’ll see the beekeeper is actually stung installing the package. Once you’re comfortably with the bees and not afraid of a sting or two, it is actually better for the bees health to work without gloves. Thanks for the comment.

  24. pyramidhead138
    1:56 pm on October 4th, 2009

    you can actually do all that with your bare hands?

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