Gardening With Cody Week 3: Hive Disguised as Flower Pot


Hi, there everyone, welcome back to Cody’s lab. So today, I’m going to be making a beehive out of a flower pot. Now this is going to be very simple, it’s basically a top bar hive, but using a clay pot rather than a wooden box This will be very similar to what the ancient Greeks had for their bees. So, I’m just going to cut a bunch of sticks, put them on top, and the bees will build the comb down from that. Now annoyingly this one-and-a-half inches is just a little bit too large for the bees See the bees prefer something that’s one and about 3/8ths of an inch, you see here There’s a little bit extra that I need to cut off If I don’t do this the bees they’ll build the comb out of alignment with the wood because they prefer to build the combs One and three-eighths inches wide so that means I’m gonna have to go through and shave all these down just a little bit Alright now it’s time to mark and cut off the excess Well now, they’re all the right total length. I guess I just need to lop off these corners, and that’ll be round enough for me Now I need to cut a notch about half an inch in on all of the ends here. I think I can make them Straight along like that, that’ll all be fine Sparkie. Right there it is. It’s just about done actually, only took me two hours to do it Yeah, you can see all the pieces they come out and they fit in very nicely Won’t shake around Now the bees can build their comb down from these bars I think I’ll add a piece of string and some wax just to act as a guide for them So here’s what I’m doing to get the bees to build their combs Straight along these bars, so I have a roll of string here Which is made of plant fibres? And this is not going to hurt the bees at all if they decide to chew it up now I’m going to coat this in some wax that I melted it down from some old combs this way the bees will recognize this as being something they want to build the comb to Now that I’ve got the string all coated in wax. I’m just going to lay it along the bar here just like this cut off the excess And now I’m going to glue the string down with a little bit more melted Wax Just like that So I cut a little notch in this last bar here to give the bees a place to come in and out as their entrance And now the hive is officially done There is one more thing I can add and that of course is a lid How about this little water heater dish? That’ll work just fine That’ll keep the rain off those boards And now what I can do is, like, glue some flowers to this make it look like a pot of flowers I think that’ll be cool. But first let’s go get some bees The bees can also use this bottom hole as an entrance, but for now I’m just going to screen it off All right, so here’s the bees I want to get At least I’m going to take some of these out of this box. I’m going to put them in here let’s get them smoked up and find the queen because I want to leave the original queen in this box the smokes good to use here, cause it’ll make them go eat the honey That’ll make them full and fed before the journey because I am taking the bees some distance away Yeah, they’re definitely getting ready to swarm See all the drones and how packed this hive is? So what I’m doing is basically What the bees would do naturally but instead of letting them do it themselves I’m doing it and I’m getting the bees, rather than having them go find a hollow log somewhere, you know the hardest part of this is going to be finding the queen I’m just going to go through this and until I find the queen, see you guys in a bit There she is right there see the queen in the middle of the frame Now I know where she is I can take the rest of the bees out of the hive without worrying about getting her So now I’ve got in this box or workers and maybe a little bit of drones So I’ve got a frame of bees I’m just going to put it in a pot give it a good shake to knock the bees off just like that I think three or four frames of bees ought to be enough It’s probably about the equivalent of a package of bees There we go. I just got to put the rest of this hive together I went and bought another queen from Joneses Bees When we get to the final location of the hive I’ll go ahead and introduce her to them Hello, puppy no now there we go the bees are now up and at ’em And looks pretty good. You can see that I put some flowers up there And Canyon convinced me to use real flowers so that means the dish got flipped over so they could hold the flowers I think that looks fine. It might need like a little skirt around the edges to protect the wood, but I think that will do As the flowers grow they’ll cover that over and it looked just like a pot of flowers with an unusually large number of bees buzzing around it I think that would be cool. I originally wanted to put this up by the front door, but yeah, I think the back door’s a little bit smarter Also, I opened the hole in the bottom so the bees are using that as well as this up here as an entrance The bees will probably wind up eventually using the bottom hole as their main entrance especially as the flowers like cover it up So this top hole will be mostly a vent. That’s all right Yeah, I can just remove the flowers like this Let’s show you guys what I’ve got in here, so you can see I can remove these frames Okay, so with this camera. I can stick it in there. You can see we’ve got the sugar water bottle that they’re drinking out of and there’s the bottom hole that’s open Back over here Yeah, there’s the cluster of bees that are clustered around the queen keeping her warm. They’re also building wax combs Let’s get a view from down here There you go I’m not going to bother them much more than that. You can see the, the queen is hanging on that bar right there In about a week, I’ll probably come by and remove that cage and check to see that she’s laying So there as you can see it’s just a pot of flowers with bees buzzing around it. At least that’s what the neighbors will see Yeah, I think this is awesome. I’ve always wanted something like this And the bees should do just fine in it, the internal volume of the pot is plenty large enough for a beehive in order to harvest the honey I can just pull out frames and cut the wax off just like I would a top bar hive For the winter bees really don’t need much in the way of insulation But if they do I can always put a barrel or something down over top of them So anyway, I will post updates on this periodically throughout the year until then, I’ll see you next time

Comments

  1. for an example of how passive honeybees are, today one landed on my arm, I freaked out and slapped it, and it just flew off. Didn't even try to sting me.

  2. I'm guessing you get the odd sting doing this? It would be cool to see a silent sting counter in these playlists, so people can see how to properly react / not react hahaha

  3. They only need one opening, even at "rush hour"? Also, wouldn't a second lower hole help with ventilation through the main corridors in the hive (where oxygen consumption is highest)? They just seem so damn active; they release enough heat to get through cold snaps so, respiration is gonna be high. makes me feel claustrophobic.

  4. This is incredible. Not enough people really appreciate how beautiful these creatures are and how important it is to nurture an environment for their continued existence. I wish everyone in the right environment had a beehive of their own and knew how to take care of them.

  5. cody, I really enjoy the videos on bee keeping. As a beekeeper around your age I can totally relate.

    I would like to hear your opinion on eating organically grown foods ie. produce and meats vs conventionally grown foods. Possibly a future video?

  6. It would be cool if you could put a small camera in there so you can make a time lapse of the bees building their hive.

  7. As a beekeeper myself I have 1000 questions. First one being what do you plan on doing once these bees fill this pot and you need to split?

  8. Hi Cody. Great channel. You have used wax from an old frame, ,It might be a silly question but could bought beeswax be used just the same. I'm planning on starting beekeeping next summer after we move later this year. Just trying to gather as much information as possible.

  9. Maybe Cody can help or one of the others in the comments, but I wanna do this for my first hive and locally I cant find a clay pot that large only plastic. Is it possible to use plastic?

  10. Happy Mother's day, here an special flowers.😇

    mother – what it is that buzzing coming from? 😕

    what buzzing sound.. it nothing. 😅

  11. I think this video should be titled "How not to use a tablesaw".

    No insert plate, and freehand cuts? Are you trying to hurt yourself?

  12. i have a hive in a plastic cabinet on my property the bees have made into a cozy hive. i have been thinking about smoking them and cutting it out and putting into a box like you use if i can find some for sale.

    I'm curious if i move most of the hive into the box will the bee's go in it to live or do i need to shake them into the box and close them into it. also if i can locate the queen do i trap her in a box with candy so they are more tempted to move in?

  13. A hive of bees used to live under of our flower pots which was upside down and unused. We were just surprised one day that a swarm of bees lived in our small garden 😂

  14. Holy shit, the freehand cuts. I'm really not upset at any other safety problem except the freehand cuts.. if the wood, while cutting, gets turned enough and catches the blade, it could kick back. Nothing would suck more than having your hand bumped into the blade! …Great video though, love it!

  15. what kind of bees you have in Canada ? you just shook there hive with naked hands ? here in India if I do something like that I would end up in hospital .

  16. Hey Cody, How are you going to inspect the frames when the bees build out and connect their comb to the sides of the pot?

  17. how in the hell did he fuck with those bees with no safety gear and not get prison shanked to high hell?

  18. Thank you so much for posting your bee videos. You have really helped me get over my massive fear of bees. Now I find bees so interesting, they amaze me. Thank you!
    Ps. I am visually impaired and because of that, any insect flying around my head would freak me out because I would automatically think that it was a bee. So thank you so much for educating me on bees.

  19. I wish every kid could see this and learn that honey bees are not hostile unless you brutalize them. That said, it is worth knowing and if you piss a real bumble bee off, he/she will chase you down.

  20. that evil laughter after explaining your plan to hide a bee farm in an inconspicuous flower pot. you might be the nicest evil villain ever

  21. So I've made one myself from a 17" clay pot and 15' of 2X2. finally got some bees wax for the string guide and lemongrass oil to try to catch a swarm because I'm too cheep to buy bees.
    I'm told swarms can be caught year round here in Florida so here's hoping!
    thanx for the inspiration!

  22. "calmly sits around a hundred bees flying just outside their hive"

    i don't care how good of a "bee worker"(sorry dunno the english name) you might be, that still takes some balls of steel
    then again, at least it's not wasps.

  23. cody,

    you did show us what did you do to the queen ? i am interested in bee keeping as well, just i do'nt know how to get started with the queen bee..

    what did you do, pls show me .. or at least show me a link of similar youtube..

    thanks..
    andrew

  24. I figured i would share a bee story. Years ago when i was young and worked at a retail home improvement store, i was near the front with a manager when a lady walked and and said to use that there was a large amount of bees outside, before walking off for shopping. we both tought that was a bit odd, but soon followed another who said there was a massive amount of bees out there.. at this point we just had to see what was going on, as we walked out the door you could hear a loud buzzing. At the closest area for shopping carts, there was a single cart with so many bees on it, you could no longer see the cart. it was crazy. A lady walked out with her stuff and said " of you just need to scare them" she put her stuff in her car, before getting a run and guiding her cart towards it, then dashing for her car and fleeing. They didnt like that and swarmed like crazy as we hid inside.. We ended up calling a bee guy and he came and suctioned them all up in a vacuum and found a queen. ill never forget how loud they were

  25. Man i dont know how could you have the courage to make this. I hate bees, i would never do what you did. Also, to let it so close to your house, that will be a serious problem when you do some fresh coffe at home. Near my home, i dont know where exacly there is a hive, when i make some coffe my kitchen get invaded by a swarm of bees, and i get crazy trying to drink my coffe and not be killed by these little monsters XD.

  26. Could you give the exact dimensions of the pot and does it have to be terracotta? I'm hoping this will be my spring project.

  27. Im planning to make this as christmas gift for one of my beekeeping relatives and i have one question. My relative who has bees has very large hives, maybe around five of them. The one in the pot seems very small, would this be a problem if that hives small and the others are large, we live in the north east if that matters with bee behavior.

  28. After being separated from their homeland the bee colony has to rebuild their infrastructure and become accustomed to their new monarch

  29. I made two of these. Installed bees in one of them with a langstroth right next to it to compare. I got the two flower pots in the fall when they were on clearance for $15.

  30. How easy is it for a swarm to adopt a random new queen like that? Is it possible for them to react negatively and attack her?

  31. You weren't afraid of getting stung? I had bees as a kid and even when they were smoked out I would get stun constantly and it hurt REALLY bad.

  32. Really liking ur bee keeping videos. I found ur channel because of mercury and other metal videos you made but these videos are awesome. I’ve always liked bees even though most of my friend are afraid of them.

  33. Took me a while to realize the smudge on bottom-right corner is a bee. Today I noticed it says Cody's Lab.
    in Cody's voice Very nice. gives thumbs up

  34. Really inspiring! I'm hoping to make something similar this season. Curious if you've tried this again, and if you have any new tips 🙂

  35. this the last bee video?? no more bees?? its 2019 cody we need more bees lol thanks for the great play list it was fun watching them all and i learned a lot.

  36. id like to see some of your bee keeping again <3 its really really great thanks btw for being who you are dont kill yourself ^^

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