Hive Check After Adding 10 Empty Frames (July)

Yeah, ready. Good. Wow. You can see everything that they’re making. So we’re going to pull out the end frame? Yeah. Looking good. Knocked it, I know. Get a finger in there, pull it up… Got it? Yep. Okay. Wow… Come on this side. Look at that. That’s phenomenal. So there’s no wax insert in there, or there’s no plastic insert in that. That is 100% pure honey comb. And it looks like it’s empty. So far they haven’t filled it with anything yet. Oh, on the backside, they have some capped honey. So the top here That’s capped honey. Then it looks like the next rows down they’re started to fill. and the bottom they’re still building out the wax on it. Very nice. They like to glue everything together. Oh man! So freakin’ excited! There’s larvae in this. Yeah, ok. So those bumpy things are drone cells. The big bumpy ones. So it looks like they have some random drone cells in the middle. And then they’re capping honey on the top. Cool. Brian is the bee whisperer. Oh my gosh. This one is really heavy. Wow. Yeah, they’ve got a lot going on in that frame. Okay, so all of the white up top they’re capping off honey. And again in the center I’m not amazing at identifying brood cells yet, but those look like worker bees. Not as many drones. Oh wow, and the back! That is a lot of brood cells. That’s really impressive. Good for them, wow. Look at all the bees I still have on this frame. They haven’t bothered to leave. They’re still just working. These are glued together. Should I break it? Yeah. I just got it apart. I just wasn’t sure if you want me to destroy their work. Yes, yes. Wow, oh my gosh. That is so cool. So this looks like a lot of drone cells, I believe. And toward the bottom is worker bee cells. And they’ve got their bits of capped honey on the edges that they’ll use to feed all of the babies that are coming out of the middle. This frame is extra impressive, because we just put it in a few weeks ago. And they obviously had no plastic framework to go off of. This is 100% them building out all of the comb. And all of the wax. And starting to fill it. (sound of softly buzzing bees) (buzzing becomes louder) I think I smushed one, because they all went crazy. It’s okay. You’re being as gentle as you can. Very neat. The cells that are really dark are brood areas where they keep laying more eggs then every time they hatch another bee in there, it gets a little bit darker and a little bit darker. I think why they’re hard to pull up and out is because they’ve built comb that’s stuck to the bottom frames. Yeah. Ohhh, dripping honey. Oh man! Wow! Check out this side, Andie. One over here. Do you want to get some of that honey in a jar? Oh yeah! I’m going to run inside. Careful, don’t put bees inside. Okay, I’ll try not to! There’s at least one bee inside. Are you serious? Yes. Man. I accidentally dripped a bunch of honey on bees, so they’re kind of getting goobered down there. That’s okay, actually. It’s not a big deal. They’ll lick honey off of each other. They’ll clean it all up, and they’ll put it – actually, I’m going to trim off some comb here. Since we’re getting crazy. Sorry bees Get out guys, get out. Should I put it back? Yeah, you can put it back. Cool! We have some honeycomb! Just trying to get the bees out…come on guys. Only two more left in here. There’s one bee with it tongue out, just trying to drink up honey. Yeah, that’s what these guys are doing. Before you steal it all from them. Can you shake it a little? You can see when they have their little tongues out. Oh yeah. So this jar is clear. Okay. Thank you. I’ll go set these away from here. Shouldn’t she keep it, in case there’s more? Hey Ashley, what if there’s more honey? What if there’s more honey dripping on these? You don’t want to collect it? No, it’s okay. We’ll let them have it. They’ll lick it up and they’ll put it back in, or they’ll eat it. Yeah, they glued this frame to the bottom as well We’ll try to let them keep as much honey as they have. We’re reaching the end of pollen season. Yep, dripping. I think next hive check, I should bring a scissor and we should clip out all of those strings. We can pull them out. They don’t really need the guides anymore. They’re not really even using them. I was thinking that they would need them in order to keep them building on straight frames. These aren’t as developed on this side. No? Oh, yeah yeah yeah. Looks like just honey on this side. And these two are almost blank looking. You can see them. If you come over here, there’s a patch of like four bees that all have their tongue out. They’re drinking honey. Creepy. Cute! They’re friends. Yeah that one’s pretty blank. This one is blank. (laughter) Maybe let’s put that one over on the edge here. Maybe in the middle for these? No, I was actually thinking more of the edge. They have their – if you consider this position one, and this position ten They had some brood on frame number two over here. But then over here they stopped Let’s see, it would be one, two, three, four, five, six They stopped brood at six or seven. So let’s move the brood more toward the center. The brood was the outside one. Yeah. Then I’ve got the other frame over here. It’s tempting just to pop this off and chew on it. Doesn’t look like there’s much honey in there. It’s all wax. Yeah. (soft buzzing sound) Should we pick up all these other bees? No, I think they’ll find their way back pretty good. Brian, look at this little patch. They’re sucking up honey. Valuable resource.


  1. When people keep bees for making honey, do they have to talk to their neighbors in case someone is allergic to bees? Keep in mind I live in NYC my neighbor might be close to me than those who live elsewhere

  2. Wow, I hadn't seen all your hive videos before I posted a comment a little bit ago. now that ive seen them, if you are still in a honey flow and you just posted your most recent video today then you need to put on at the very least, one super if not more. you might want an excluder also? because of the drone cells (an indicator for swarm thinking) and most all of your frames in both boxes are built out with honey and brood, the hive is crowding. Also dump the string and get a hive tool. you seem to be picking up understanding the bees pretty well.

  3. Cool, those look like happy girls. What 's the purpose of the twine around the frames? Interesting hive tools. 🙂

  4. Go to a hardware store and buy a painters tool. Works as good as a hive tool. Great for separating frames and cutting off burr comb. 
    Keep your frames close together or they will build comb everywhere. Leave your extra space on the outside.
    Good job.
    When is your first killing frost?

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