Beekeeping for Beginners: Bees that don’t sting!


Beekeeping for beginners. Welcome to the exciting world of beekeeping! Bees are fascinating beneficial insects! In this video we want to show you how it can
be easy painless and safe to take care of bees in your own home. So let’s begin! The first thing to learn is that there’s many
kinds of bees: there’s carpenter bees, orchid bees, cuckoo bees, bumble bees, honey bees,
stingless bees and others! Which one should you choose? It depends on your goals, typically bees are
kept for honey and pollination. Of all the species of bees the ones that produce
edible honey are the honey bees and the stingless bees Honey bees are overall larger sized bees.
Their hives are bigger and they produce more honey per hive. But, they have a painful stinger,
you need to wear special protective clothes and some people have severe allergic reactions. Stingless bees on the other hand, are overall
smaller-sized bees. Their hives are smaller. They produce less honey per hive. But, there’s
no stinger, no poison and there’s no risk for children or pets. For a beginner we simply recommend to start
with stingless bees. So, what’s next? You need to observe what species of bees are
available in your area. Pay close attention to the flowers that produce nectar and look
for bees around them during the day. On this first example we found stingless bees
in the tulasi plant flowers. On this second example we found stingless
bees in the banana plant flowers. Take some pictures of the bees, research about
their species, but be careful because some honey bees can be aggressive and dangerous! Now let’s talk about your first beehive. There’s three main ways to get your first
beehive. You can get a beehive from nature, you can purchase from another beekeeper or
you can capture a swarm of bees. At this point you should keep all your options open. Look
for natural beehives in your surroundings. Ask people that work cutting trees, forest
rangers, setup bait hives or meet other beekeepers. You’d be amazed how quickly you can find opportunities
to get bees. In this example a neighbour helped us get
this beehive that fell from a tree, it was originally a termite nest. Let’s talk about the beehive structure. In the wild bees make their homes inside the
trunk of a tree, termite nests, bamboo, caves and many others. In this picture you can see a portion of a
tree trunk where a beehive resides. What’s inside a beehive? In simplified terms, there’s two main sections:
the nest area, where the queen bee lays eggs. Here’s a view from the top and this is a view
from the side. The rest is the storage areas where honey and pollen are stored. The bees spend a very long time building these
complex structures. Time to learn about man-made beehives. There’s so many beehive designs, but from
all of them there’s three main features. We want to make it easy to harvest honey and
other products, we want to keep bees safe from pests and comfortable in all weather
conditions, and we want to have a strategy for beehive duplication. Let me show you an example, here’s a stingless
beehive 3d model that you can build at a low cost. The entrance to the beehive is in the bottom
section, this is where the bees will establish the nest. As the beehive grows they’ll store
honey in the upper section, the honey super. Notice how there’s only a small passageway
to the upper box, so that the bees only use it to store honey and pollen, no nest. In
the back there’s a ventilation hole which is required to avoid excessive humidity. By
simply taking the top section at harvesting time, we can get the honey and leave the nest
section undisturbed. You can download this 3d model for free, it
includes all the measurements required. Duplicating a beehive. Every year at least once, a strong beehive
will create extra offspring, some of the bees will leave the original nest for the purpose
of starting a new nest. This is called swarming. Most beekeepers today will try to avoid swarming
at all costs typically by some variation of a method called beehive splitting. Hive splitting is based on the idea that,
if you have a strong beehive and you split it in two, then you’ll have two beehives. This division by brute force disturbs the
nest and you end up with two weak hives and a very high risk of pests. You wouldn’t like your house split in two
would you? The hive splitting method is very inefficient. One of the greatest problems is that bees
are frequently attacked by all sorts of pests. There’s phorid fly, wasps, ants, hive beetle,
mites, moths and many others! On this first example, you can see an ant attack that forced the
bees to abandon the beehive. On this second example, the larvae from a phorid fly attack consumed
everything inside the hive. This is why we want to avoid disturbing the
beehive structures. So, what is the vedic way of duplicating a
hive? We simply wait until the bees are ready to
swarm. There’s many symptoms. The most noticeable is that there is double the amount of bees.
At that time we move the original nest and replace it with an empty hive. Here’s a video of that moment. A portion of
the bees like the idea and in a very short time they decide to stay and start a new nest. This method is very efficient because the
original nest remains strong. No bees die. There’s no disturbance to any of the beehive
structures! And, because of that, no pests can get in! A booming bee population is better for all
of us! When we work together with the bees by protecting
them, the bees in return will provide many services to us and to mother nature. We hope you enjoyed this video. You can contact us in the comments section
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Comments

  1. Hello
    Great to see another voice, and one that obviously cares for the stingless bees and their welfare. I have to ask, where are you located. I am in south east QLD, Australia. I commend you on your efforts. I think that we work in the same area, to support our bees, and propagate with minimal disturbance. It seems that perhaps you have found a new step that I am yet to find here in Australia
    Great post
    Bob Luttrell
    www.bobthebeeman.com.au

  2. As I said, You and I are on the same path, same thought process. All is to lessen the impact on the bee. There are at least two stingless bee keepers here in Australia using a process that seems to have factors in common with yours. It is sad that the profit motive drives all.
    I am usig a mini-colony procedure, originating from Brazil, to populate new colonies and then I shift the original colony. I know that at least one of our Australian beekeepers is using a process similar to yours, calling it point to point, but the sectrets block our understanding of that.
    Bob Luttrell

  3. I've been watching ur videos for a while now, and I was wondering. How should I prevent rats from eating my vegetables and crops the Vedic way. Thank you

  4. hare krishna,,, prabhuji…… I remember an old farmer growing stingless bees using coconut shell .He cuts open the coconut and removes the meat inside and then glues them back using white gum from the jackfruit tree , makes a hole on one of the eyes of the coconut and hangs it outside. I don't know how he gets the bees to live in it, Do you think it's possible to recreate one such beehive?

  5. Hare Krishna! would you be uploading a video for Vedic care of cow, construction of vedic goshala?

  6. Excellent video and very informative – thanks! There must be stingless bees in this video where honey is gotten by a beautiful young Chinese woman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx4JnDez1sk

  7. I mean all bees don’t want to sting you unless if they are mad enough to kill themselves and hurt you and bees aren’t like wasps that just sting for no reason

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