Beginner Beekeeping Frequently Asked Questions 31 is it too late to collect a swarm of honey bees

so happy Friday everybody today it’s
Friday August 23rd and this is frequently asked questions episode 30
we’re answering a single question today is it too late to catch a swarm it’s
late August are they gonna make it well looking at this tree right here this is
a spruce tree look we have two swarms assembling right now before our eyes
they’ve come out of my observation hive again the observation hive is nothing
but a swarm generator this year I’ve got several swarms out of it now why are
there two swarm collections here on these branches well there may be two
queens and I’m going to encourage you to wait when you see small swarms gathering
like this on tree branches and they’re just a couple of feet apart
wait don’t grab them right away and you’re gonna find out not only will they
finish assembling on the branches and they will all collect together making it
easier to gather them but you’ll also find out that if there’s more than one
Queen one will be dominant and the others will be following her and I think
you’ll find that your smaller swarm clusters will combine into one and then
later you can get them so today of course this is backyard beekeeping we’re
not commercial beekeepers so we don’t care if they’re gonna make a profit for
us normally sure it’s not profitable to collect a bunch of late season swarms
but they’re swarming they’re free the beats around here what are their chances
of surviving on their own well basically almost none especially this time of year
because it’s warm arriving at a new location wherever they go
usually the empty cavity in an old building or they would go into a dead
tree the problem with the way we treat dead trees this day and age is that we
cut them down where I live there called snags so if you have dead trees in your
woods which I do whenever I have trees or dead branches or big knot holes I
just leave them for the wildlife so bees technically could find a place but
what’s the percentage of success is time here about one percent so unless a
beekeeper finds collects and hives a small
their chances are nil I look in this cluster we see lots of drones these are
workers and of course the old queen has departed and the new queen is soon to
hatch inside the observation hive observation Heights can’t be expanded so
we just let them build up and swarm out and build up and swarm out and
unfortunately I lost my favorite queen ever this way but did I really lose her
no because I collected the swarm and I put her in another hive body so you’ve
got nothing to lose if you take the time you’ve got a deep and a bottom board and
an air cover and a cover and I recommend that you do always have a couple extras
laying around so that I late-season swarm or swarm any time of year can be
hive and become a part of your apiary so what we’re gonna do this year is we’re
gonna capture this late season swarm we’re gonna follow their progress so
these were just collected a few days ago and of course I’ll update you on that if
you’re in a hurry this is not gonna be your video because the second half of
this video is nothing but looking around what the pollen resources are and what
pollinators are in the area so yes we’re gonna hide this swarm but I’m gonna wait
until they click together and then we’re going to show you the box we’re gonna
put them in we’re gonna use a flow i28 frame box with the stand and we’ll go
over that but notice how noisy they are notice how much movement is going on
this is an unsettled swarm which means they’re still assembling on these
branches when you see all the surface activity like this and they’re not
really sending out a pile of scouts although normally they would send scouts
out to find a new location before they even depart the original hive in this
case the hive is about 75 feet to the northwest of this tree and this tree
gets used over and over again in fact I just came out to do some trimming and I
look up and of course the swarm of bees are just beginning to land on these tree
branches and I thought well this would be a great way to answer this question
since it comes up so often now look how quiet they are now look at the surface
activity they have collected pretty well and the number of bees is not huge so
that’s another reason why people might pass it on pass swarm is little your
chances of making it a slight and look the other branch where the secondary
swarm was is now empty and they migrated to this one how do I know they migrated
to this one and didn’t just fly off on their own somewhere because I watched
him they flew right from one branch to the other until they all clustered here
now this is the following morning so they’ve been out here all night now look
how many bees are here also notice how quiet they are they are conserving
energy and it rained a little bit overnight and they’re still here so
would you just walk away from them I’m not going to somebody get my butterfly
net I’m gonna collect them up we’re gonna put them in a hive box and that is
my favorite method these days using a butterfly net so here it is Flo I’ve to
six frame which matches a length struck eight frame I’ve got the stand which is
levelling because of the screw feet landing board slanted rack on top of
that a deep box and what’s gonna speed up their ability to survive we’re
putting in better comb which comes from the better be calm better calm is a
synthetic pre-drawn out in honeycomb this is going to give them a place to
immediately put their resources so they don’t have to use her energy to draw a
new comb and of course my favorite solid one piece plastic foundation now is by
acorn and this is heavy dipped acorn wax frames so we’re putting those in the
center we are putting the better be pre-drawn it synthetic comb to the size
and on the very edge there’s another acorn frame here’s the back showing that
it’s leveled up even though we’re sitting on these blocks and it looks
awkward we’re gonna push all the frames to the middle and because we have a
slider drag we have lots of space underneath and now I’ve already dumped
them out of my butterfly net and they’re in the box how do we know the Queen’s in
there you need to look at the behavior of the bees and notice here the inner
cover which is very lightweight by the way I just laid it right on top
Tyla peas which is on top of the frames and it will eventually close down on its
own as the bees move out of the way look at the abdomens that are sticking up in
the air if you’ll notice that last joint on their abdomen is open wide and it’s
in a kind of an awkward position there you can see a light colored band at the
last segment of the abdomen that’s called an acid off faint nasan off gland
I’m sorry what they’re doing is they’re just spreading the pheromone they carry
the Queen’s pheromone and that is the smell of that colony and this is gonna
help the other forges that are out and about and those Scouts is around trying
to find a new home they’re gonna find their colony again through these
pheromones that they’re putting into the air so you know when they’ve accepted
the colony and they’ve moved in and the queen is there they’re helping spread
that so the others know that she’s there also and they will all hopefully join
forces I think we got about a 3-pound collection of bees here so what happened
is the equivalent of installing a package and I think they’re gonna make
it so if they don’t make it I’m gonna let you know if they do make it we’re
gonna see look at this bottom box here normally a brood box even from Flo
height you wouldn’t be able to see into the size for their side panels there’s
glass panels on the brood box so we can look at that later on and see how
they’re using these frames without disrupting them if you want to guarantee
the success of your bees when you put a fresh warm in a box you want to leave
them in there you want to leave them alone the other thing is we’re gonna
have to feed them these are my dramatic up shots because looking up at something
with the sky beyond it gives it a sense of majesty so these bees they’re heroes
they’re heading out against all odds start a new colony and we’re gonna help
them this is that access panel so that we can look inside and later I’m gonna
see how they’re working the cowman there it is there’s that synthetic comb you
want to learn more about it better be calm as a whole right up on it it’s my
first year using it I have it in for hives just so I can test it and see how
they’re being used hopefully I’ll have updates on this by next Friday
storms common rains coming in bees are flying everywhere and we’re gonna have
to of course feed them if you don’t put feed on a new colony you compound their
chances of not making it so these are other colonies that are doing fantastic
of course we have pollen coming in we’re in the beginning of a solid nectar flow
and here’s a rapid round feeder that we’re gonna use one of the problems with
the flow hive – especially the six frame which is the eight frame lengths frost
sized box is that the angled roof does not fit over wrap it round so I had to
make myself a really fast shim here to get the rib elevated so that I could
have the rapid around in there now we have to fill it with sugar water what’s
the percentage look at them all up here ready for some sugar water it’s almost
like you know it’s coming this we’re going to put in 1 to 1 by weight and
that’s sugar to water and there it is look there’s some drink and already
others kind of got gotten it they’re gonna climb out and we’re gonna keep
that full we’re gonna let them get kicked off so it saves them foraging
time now we do have the pre drawn wax frames that I’m very interested to see
how they use it but I think you’re gonna find out because I’m gonna show you a
little later in this video that they’re already bringing in pollen well they
can’t bring in pollen if they don’t have anywhere to put it so they actually are
doing well I’m happy to tell you even though they’ve only been out there a few
days the other thing is when you have a hive like this that’s empty I mean we
just put bees in it we have empty frames this is a lightweight thing you’re gonna
have to strap it down you’re gonna have to make it nice and firm so even if it
falls over some big storm blows it over whatever you’re gonna want it to be
strapped together the only thing that needs to be painted here is of course
the roof and then there is a marine quality varnish here on the wooden parts
of that roof cover the rest because it is cedar it doesn’t absolutely have to
have a finish on it and even untreated pine can last about 10 years when it’s
posed if it’s made well we’re not going to leave that pine exposed but we’re
going to leave it that way for now and we strap everything down this is another
swarm in another box by be smart designs that landing board and of course the
scan despite be smart designs and it has of course the controls for entrance
reduction we’re gonna have to use screens for this new flow hive – that
we’ve said and then we’re looking over here at
their neighbors to see how they’re doing and they’re doing great this is very
early in the morning when this sequence is being filmed now the next part of
this video is we’re gonna walk around and see what’s going on in the
environment again I like to lock down these time frames
today is August 23rd as I mentioned so I will know historically when I look back
what was going on in the environment on August 23rd and this helps us plan for
nectar flows so we can see that all the sunflowers are kicking in we have gold
and around look at all the gold around that hasn’t even blossomed yet we have
iron weed which is a wetland weed that the bees love so we still have a lot
coming in maximally in sunflowers some people have been asking about those
those have not flowered yet so those are a perfect fill in the gap late season
nectar and pollen soars so right now the big pollen source is going to be the
sunflowers so we’re gonna zip in here not every pollinator is a honey bee I’m
gonna show you what’s going on here this is of course in my yard I have planted
thousands of sunflowers just for this reason first of all it’s gonna feed the
bees and it’s gonna feed the birds look at these bumble bees
those are bumble bees family is bombas and they have pollen on their legs and
they are really going nuts on these sunflowers you always want to make sure
to get sunflowers that have fallen on them some people are selling sunflower
seed with sunflowers that’s pollen free that’s not gonna help the pollinators at
all so you want to give them something that’s going to feed them and we have
all kinds of varieties here this helps me to see which ones do the best and
they are annual so you have to plant them every year but they’ll be enough
residual seed falling on the ground but they actually will grow on their own but
I plant these so I till about two and a half acres and then I put in these seeds
and here’s some more bumble bees again they’re getting a nectar resource and
then the pollen also they’re packing onto their legs and we’re gonna see what
else is out here and of course we have small ones big ones their faces are
supposed to follow the Sun as the Sun follows and crosses over the field but
only half of them do that here’s another bumble bee and early on
this year I had woodchucks eating my sunflower
that was not good so when the sunflowers are just getting started you’ll have
like a ground squirrel come through and eat hundreds of them just chewing off
the leaves and leaving the plant to die so we’re chilling around here what else
is going on today is actually kind of cool it’s about 72 degrees and so
considering the fact that we had in the 80s earlier in the week that’s not great
we took off a bunch of honey the Sask attract bees for those of you are
wondering are doing fantastic and they have turned into magnificent honey
producers so now this is my floral wildflower perennial section and the
ball inators like the cone flowers so they’re they look a little bit like
black-eyed Susans and every kind of pollinator goes on them I don’t see
hummingbirds out here but I definitely see the orchard bees are out here we
have individual individual pollinators the honeybee is touching them a little
bit this is close-up of ironweed which we see all along the creek and there are
acres and acres of iron weed and we do see butterflies on those and we’re just
gonna pan around and look at this stuff and see if we can get some close-ups of
some pollinators here for you and again this serves to let me know and
I’m just sharing with you for the heck of it it lets me know what the landscape
looked like so next year when we start planning for you know August September
October we’ll know what the resources were look at these tiny black beetles
that always seem to be on anything that’s producing nectar I don’t know
what kind of beetles those are if you do please share down in the comments
section if you have a question please write in the comment section now here we
go this is start of the show right here this is a honeybee forager and she’s got
fallen on her back legs and they practice floral constancy what the heck
does that mean well that means that while this pollinator is out getting
nectar she is only gonna go to this type of
flower she’s not gonna jump from these flowers to Clover she’s not gonna jump
over to the sunflowers she’s going to exclusively pollinate these cone flowers
and get nectar now is that a bee right there
nope that’s a bee fly that’s a bee mimic some people call these hover flies and
this fly is just there for the nectar they do
incidentally also provide some pollination but they’re not as good as
bees but this fly takes advantage of the be striped colors so that things won’t
bother it or eat it and we have bee mimics everywhere that’s a bee mimic
right there mom she goes it’s another one almost looks like a Yellow Jacket
wasp in fact but instead it’s just a fly just has the two wings there and a
smooth body not the fuzziness they get some paul on the way the bees do and
they’re just after nectar so they’re after all the sweet stuff and there’s
another one look at the eyes too dead giveaway great big eyes coming together
at the top the honeybee workers have those teardrop shape eyes which are out
to the sides of their head and of course we have the bumble bee here bumble bees
can pollinate things that honeybees can’t and they do it through vibration
or buzz pollination you see him hanging on some wild flowers and buzzing away
and getting the pollen out and while they get the nectar
now this honeybee is working away she did not like I was there now leave us be
what a load of pollen on her hind legs now this is not a honeybee this is a
native pollinators it’s a solitary bee and there are lots of these around but
look at the pollen this is a pollen collecting master right here this bee
and every time I see one of these they are just loaded head to toe with pollen
and it’s cool to see him I do have a lot of solitary bee houses and so we set
that up there tubes and masonry mason bees live inside those tubes and they’re
setting up their eggs for next year that of course was the honey bee there and
she’s flying from sunflower to sunflower so again if you’re looking for things to
plant you can’t go wrong with sunflowers as long as you get towards their load
now look at those middle legs here she’s manipulating the pollen and she’s
packing it onto her hind legs with those middle legs
she’s also contributing her own nectar resources and from her glance which is
why the pollen packs and her legs are actually darker than the pollen she’s
collecting it makes it damp enough so that she can stick them and she’ll get
the pollen packs said honeybee no it’s again another solitary native pollinator
so when people say without honeybees we would not have
Nader’s that’s just flatly not true we have all kinds of pollinators
thousands of species of bees the honey bees just happened to do it well when
you bring in thousands of them in boxes and they can provide pollination
services but we have lots of native pollinators no it’s that one right there
that’s honey bee and this is on goldenrod goldenrod has just begun and
as I showed in the opening sequence of this it is not all in bloom yet and the
longer time they spend on these blooms we know the more nectar they are
providing and in different parts of my property some of the goldenrod is just
being piled on by bees and another parts they’re barely touching it now this is
many days after we installed the swarm so we’re doing a check-up on them and I
do see lots of pollen coming in so what’s that telling me well that tells
me that that Queen was able to move right in here and start laying her eggs
and that also means that they have a place to put the pollen and that they
also have place to put their nectar if they were having to build their own comb
they would not be able to build so fast so I think the better comb by better be
calm is actually providing them with immediate storage resources so that they
can make it and again we’re going to update that I get that question a lot
and how’s it working do you approve do you like them I cannot give a solid
opinion yet but the outward appearances of what’s going on in these colonies
that have the better comb in them tells me that they must be using them and
again I don’t want to open a brand new colony that’s been attached especially
when they’re just a swarm once you put them in a box you want to leave them
alone the pond is a busy area this time of year these honeybees are all on the
sand and getting water resources bees that are going out to get water and
bring them back to the hive to cool things down and to keep the humidity up
in the hive they only get water they don’t stop and get anything else on that
flight so those are water beads kind of like a water boy and at a football game
or whatever they don’t play the game they just haul water around so and
here’s another forager honey bee look at the dark colored pollen under hind legs
and of course she’s on the goldenrod again
so things are looking fantastic next week we’re supposed to have temps up
into the 80s again this weekend it’s going to be sunny starting with tomorrow
sunny no rain which is exactly what these fees are gonna need to make it and
what do you think do you think it’s worth having a late season swarm I
personally think it is the options for those bees are that they simply fly out
and expire so I say if you’ve got the equipment sitting around and you’ve got
space for them and if you’d like to try out those
synthetic pre-drawn honey combs I always say go ahead and put that swarm in there
of course these are other pollinators there’s a little orchard be there to the
right of that butterfly and this of course is a monarch butterfly and this
is a source of wetland weed almost like iron weed and there is also dogbane so
this actually may be dog pain and again the more time the pollinator spends on
the weed the more nectar there must be for them so these are fantastic
diversity is good coming up next to course will be the maximilian sunflowers
and i have thousands of those can’t wait to see the bees and other pollinators on
those maximilien sunflowers i’ll put links of the seeds that I’m using down
below if you’re interested in flow hive I will also give a link to that down in
the video description with a $50 discount coupon which gets me $50 off my
next purchase I hope you guys have a great weekend thank you for watching and
I hope your bees are doing as great as mine are yes catch that late season
swarm their chances are better with you thanks for watching


  1. 1st post! Excellent Vid. Im always looking for things to plant to feed the bees year round. Another awesome Vid! 👏👏🙏🙏👍👍💚

  2. I would hive them anyway just to give them a chance because I wouldn’t feel comfortable just letting them die, even if I had no plans to keep them. I assume there is always someone who wants to start keeping bees and might take the colony later. I really enjoyed this slice of bee yard life, thanks Fred! Its was really nice seeing so much of the flora around your home.

  3. Awesoem info! Love your yard! Gorgeous! I love the pollinator tour! I have been doing those here as well! Do you have any Japanese Knotweed? Excellent info on the nectar /pollen combo.. thanks for explaining.. makes sense to wet the pollen a bit with nectar to make the ball.

  4. I love your videos, and your obvious love of the natural environment.
    One of the things I dislike about commercial beekeeping is the way the bees are treated as a resource, with little care for their wellbeing.
    Rather like the way that industrialised monoculture farming is ruing the soil which in some parts of the world has taken generations of traditional mixed farming to establish.
    I figure this swarm, late though it may be, is going to be fully primed and ready to explode come spring if they can make it through winter (which you've given them the best possible chance of), so I look forward to future updates on it's progress.

  5. That felt like I fell asleep in a sunny field of flowers and drifted off into bee wonderland, cool video style Fred.👍😎🐝

  6. Received a swarm call on August 13th of bees on a seesaw at a local park. Was a pretty good sized swarm so they were placed in a nuc and supplied with frames of resources (honey, pollen, nectar, sugar syrup, drawn comb) and frames of brood. They are doing great and the fat queen is laying up the frames while the foragers are bringing in pollen. Given that I have lots of very large hives I had the extra resources to give them a large boost to get them primed for our fall flow and successful overwintering. Keep us posted on how your swarm does!

  7. Stunning. What I wouldn't give to spend a day on your property to enjoy all the beauty…. love your videos always.. 😃

  8. I say anything that we can do to help those lovely ladies survive is well worth it. Great video as always Fred.

  9. If I had a lot of land like yours, I'd be doing the same thing, planting native wild flowers to help support the native pollinators. You can't go wrong with pretty flowers all over the place.

  10. Your videos are excellent and educational. By the way my struggling colony is no longer struggling. It’s full of new bees and the queen has a great brood pattern. Still giving them 1:1 sugar syrup also. I’ll be transferring honey from my other two to it when I winterize in Oct. and I had rabbits eat all my sunflowers. ☹️

    And I agree with grabbing those late swarms. At least in a box they have a chance

  11. Another great vid, Fred! Talking about pollen sources, do you have any info on the value, or lack there of, for "spotted beebalm" also called "horse mint" as a resource for honey bees? It grows wild here in central Fl and I always see it covered in pollinators of all sorts. It also has a long bloom period.

  12. Mr. Dunn, on the sunflowers what size pkg did you use if you don't mind my asking for the area you planted? Thanks also Love the farm land around you looks like heaven to me!

  13. Fred, did you use the flow box with observation windows for the brood box??? Awesome idea!!! Or are they actually making brood boxes with the windows? I haven’t opened my cedar FlowHive yet, as I was going to build it this winter… BUT now I wanna open up my packages and check! LoL!!!
    Also, thanks for another fantastic video!

  14. Too, can't small swarms be boosted quickly with a shake of nurse bees from another hive to build up the winter brood nest?

  15. Hello Fred, your flowers are so beautiful! I love the corn in the background.

    Definitely catch the swarm! The BetterComb is a game changer for the bees. I believe the most appropriate use of the comb is for swarms and packages.

    I can't wait to see your results!

  16. HI again Mr Fred we have missed you since the last video as always. I have noticed that there is a light coloured layer between the entrance and the brood comb what is it????

  17. Ant update; three toothpastes did not work. Moved to moat style mineral oil in 6”x6” plastic storage containers. Worked but disgusting collection of debris, grass and dead bees. Cleaned plastic containers, removed all oil, drilled small holes for rain drainage and still works. Ants can’t climb the plastic storage container and if bees happen to fall in they can fly out and won’t drown.

  18. Wow! I appreciate this video so much! For me it was full of valuable information. You are just top notch! Have a great day!

  19. Hello mr. Fred, today i was at a community function where my base's bee club had a table, anyways the guys in my clu. Were trying to tell me that i shouldn't feed sugar water to my 2 weak hives to prepare them for the long german winter. Their reason for saying not to was because any sugar water i make, according to them will crystallize to easy and be "hard for the bees to eat" and live off of. They told me i should drive an hour or so away to the bee store and ask if they have sugar syrup i can buy from whatever company. I have never heard this before and i knew if there was anyone to ask it would be you (and then you posted a new video which is always great) is there some reason to not make my own sugar water for winter storage? I use pure cane sugar, water, and pro health essential oils. On top of hoping they will store it for winter food, one of my hives was an extra queen from a queen cell that i didnt want my other queen to kill so i put the cell and some brood and nurse bees in a nuc. Cell hatched and mated, and i saw eggs so i stepped it up to a full box, but they havent drawn out the whole box. So my homemade sugar syrup is for winter food and for comb building, in hopes that hive can build up before freezing weather. Is there any downside to my sugar syrup? Or upside to store bought syrup (other than its thicker and may keep fresh longer)

  20. You are wonderfully humane. I'll be really interested in seeing your updates on the progress of the late swarm colony.

  21. Very informative. Thank you. I was unable to locate the FH coupon for $50 off. Well, no worries because I ordered a FH2 a couple of hours before I saw this cool video. As a newbie I value your knowledge and appreciate your sharing so much of it. Cheers!

  22. The bloom pictures are helpful even though we are in different regions. I am keeping notes on wildflower blooms for my area and trying to identify each. A helpful app is Plant Net in the Play store. I used it on species i knew to verify accuracy and it did well. It has helped identify some i didnt know. Some of your viewers make find this useful. Of course its a free app cuz thats my budget range.

  23. Useful info about swarms and wonderful photography as usual 👍
    I put a svarm of ca 3 liters in a TBH in july and they built 10 complete bars from scratch in just 11 days. Equal to 14 Langstroth frames(!) (Of course I fed them during that period) Bees are truly incredible!

  24. It looks like BeeWeaver is not going to be shipping packages next spring. They will ship queens. I will be starting my first hives next spring. Can I add a BeeWeaver queen to a package of say, Italian bee's? Thank you for your time.

  25. Another great video. I had a hive swarm on me today. Can’t figure out why since I split this hive last month and the Nuc is doing great. It was a very big swarm. I managed to capture it and get it into a box. Can I put it back into the hive?

  26. Ha great video all the videos u do are great. Mr Dunn have u ever taken a wood hive and cut out a say 9×12 section from the wood brood box, and glued glass on the hive like u have here would that work do u think thanks for all the videos I look forward in watching them every week thanks for doing them
    Have a wonderful day

  27. Hi Fred. I no I'm off topic and I'm in the UK so very diffent to your own environment. I'm open feeding sugar water and ultra bee pollen. My question is when do I stop. The pollen I plan to keep out all winter so bees can get it on warm days. I plan to put dry sugar in the hives as a backup to there own supplies once the weather turns cold. But can I feed to much liquid sugar. We are in dearth and the bees are taking 2 UK gallons every 2 days at the moment. I have 6 hives 4 large ones and 2 nucs. They are still making brood and building up stores the hives are busy with no signs of robbing. I have reduced the entrance on the nucs the large hives still need larger entrances ATM. Thank you. Gareth. [email protected]

  28. Hi Fred.
    wife and I enjoy all your vids! Thank you So much!😎
    We will start the bee journey next year if all goes well.
    Question: can you please shed some light on foundation cell size and the bees ability to grow smaller/larger with all the resulting volumes! truth or fantasy?
    ..any papers published either way?
    thanks again larry lake

  29. Hi Fred, I'm anticipating having my first bees in the spring of 2020. I'm interested in Beeweaver bees. Their website says that package bees and nucs are "pick up only." I live in northern Indiana. How did you, or do you, get your bees from Beeweaver?

  30. Fred, always exceptional content, thank you. I am a first year keeper, 2 hives. I added my flow supers after I added medium honey supers- I live I
    Outside of philly and wanted your thoughts if I should harvest the flow honey. There is a lot of honey (buckwheat) but I want to make sure they make it through the winter.
    Thank you

  31. The flow hive website does not have windowed brood boxes. Did you cannibalize a flow super with a brood box? I don’t see a way just to buy the flow super without the frames. Can you just get the parts you need to make a window brood box?

  32. Hello Fred, I was wondering if you know of any essential oils (besides Lemongrass) that help bees find an open feeder? Thanks for all you do for the community!

  33. Hi Mr. Dunn. When / how do you plant your sunflowers? I’m in SE Ohio. I started Maximilian seeds in the green house in Feb/March: transferred outside mid April. I see yours in full bloom while mine don’t even have heads on them. Obviously I missed a mark. Do you fertilize or just let them grow naturally? Thanks for any advise.

  34. Fred, another fine video and no, I wouldn't pass up a swarm either, ESPECIALLY if they were my own bees. BUT, that said, I'm at least a year off from establishing colonies until or house is built on the five acres we're purchasing. A couple comments:

    1. I REALLY appreciate you walking your land and talking about what to plant for pollinators, especially as regards providing resources over a broader number of weeks/months.
    2. I could have sworn that I saw one of the videos in that you said that the slotted bottom racks didn't do anything for your hives. Is that true?
    3. I'm looking for recommendations on what size tractor to care for 5 acres. I know you have more land. I've been looking at Ford 600 series from the 50's: easy to work on, wide range of 3-point implements available.
    4. As regards item 3, you said that you use a tiller on your tractor. Is this as/more effective than a disc and harrow?
    5. You said in one of your videos that bees like narrow as opposed to wide. Wold you recommend the narrower Flow hives/boxes to start?

    Thank you again for answering questions from someone who doesn't even have bees yet!

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