Hive Checks and Bee Trouble

Hey everybody it’s the last part of May
we’ve just come back from visiting family down in Idaho and I’m a little
bit past due on checking the bees so I want you to check in with me should say
going into this I’m a little nervous about this yellow hive it doesn’t have
as many bees coming in and out as it did when I left really hope that they
haven’t left me they haven’t split so anyway let’s take
a look inside hate to make you wait too long huh so this is a bad sign already look at
all these dead bodies here I’m not sure what I’m gonna find when I open this
thing up where are all my bees this isn’t looking good so far the height is very very empty there’s a queen cell that has no Queen
in it you know I’m afraid I’m afraid that my hive is split this is quite the thing my bees have probably
absconded here another queen cell there that has run its course that one’s really interesting they’re
putting honey in there I’m running into more bees hyung looks like my hive split well this isn’t looking good I don’t
think that there’s while I didn’t see any brood don’t see any signs of the
Queen the bees in there look like they still belong but I’m not sure so right
now I’m going to look and see if there’s a queen available see what happens well
the local guy has Queens for sale for $40 I was about to make a phone call to
see if I can order one and I realized that I probably should look at my other
hives before I make the phone call what happens if or this is a problem all
the way through the hypes so we’ll take that look first see what happens so I’ve looked through the bar or the
bars from the dark height and I’m not seeing the Queen but I’m seeing lots of
signs of the Queen and I there’s actually a lot of Queen cells so I’m
wondering if they’re just both going through transition if they lost the
Queen over there and over here and I thought I’d do a really quick experiment
to see if I could move those bars over with some bees on them so I grabbed a
bar that didn’t have any comb but had a bunch of bees on it brought it over here
to see if they would fight with the ones on this side and there isn’t any
fighting going on in fact the ones that I brought over are fanning for the rest
of the bees to come over so I’m guessing there’s a possibility that the bees in
this hive are actually from the dark they just don’t care the winds blowing
isn’t this a great thing the wind picks up right in the middle of checking bees
yeah anyway so what I’m going to do is I’m going to grab at least two Queen
cells over there you know bars with Queen cells on them and put them over
here into this one and see if we can get this one going again and of course I’ll
leave most of the Queen cell bars in the original hi hopefully they can raise the
Queen over there too hate to lose two hives at the same time but the dark hive
is very very healthy there’s lots and lots and lots of fruit in it most almost
every single bar in there is full of brood so the Queen’s got to be there
somewhere if there’s a queen at all there’s other hive on the other hand
we’re losing it so I’ve got to do something glad they’re not fighting so
we’ll just try moving some bees over so I transferred three of them over now
I’m gonna seal them up put them back together hopefully I don’t stress out
the hypes any more than I have so onto that well that was a lot of work let’s see if
there’s good news in the flow hype at this point in the recording session I
had some technical issues with my equipment so we’re going to patch this
last portion of the video together the flow hive is looking like it’s
running at a hundred percent full steam ahead the bees inside are really happy
really working hard no issues that I could see the honey production has moved
to clear up into the flow section of the flow hive and I expect to be tapping the
honey out of this in the next week so of course not all of it at once but
I’m gonna try to keep it drained so that the bees don’t feel like they’re packed
in as soon as it’s full we’ll drain a couple of them and then they can fill
that up and we’ll drain the outside ones and back and forth so one piece of good
news out of the whole beekeeping experience today thanks for watching
guys I know this video is fairly long thanks for sticking with it I hope to
give you guys an update on how things are going here soon
so we’ll be seeing more and more big stuff keep your eyes peeled because I’ve
got a good announcement when it comes to beekeeping as soon as I get the thing
shipped in sure I guess you’ll see it when you when you see it but it’s coming
thanks for watching take a look at my other videos please leave comments
especially if your beekeeper and you think that I’ve done something wrong or
I could have done it better and until next time thanks for taking this journey
with me on simple ground


  1. From what I've been reading so far, there isn't much you can do to avoid this situation. Hopefully, your own colony split will fill the gap and thrive. Be safe, be careful and keep up your excellent work.

  2. It's June. Normal beehives are swarming. Strong beehives already have. The remaining yellow hive bees probably emerged after the abscond. Good combination. The dark hive might still swarm if they have lots of cells and lots of bees. Be careful holding those frames comb-up. Little benefit for lots of risk. Good luck!

  3. Dang… That's too bad about the yellow hive. Of course I have no advice since everything I know about beekeeping I've learned from your videos. Hope it works out!

  4. Honey bees like to go up not out. I don't understand the concept of the top bar hive ? The empty queen cells could mean she is on her mating flight

  5. Sometimes if you are not on top of your swarm control, the bees will swarm so much that you will have hardly anything left. Yellow hive has lost a primary swarm and possibly two secondary swarms, it happens. Were the queen cells capped in your brown hive? If so, this would mean you have lost a primary swarm. Mating flights typically occur in the afternoon roughly between 1 to 5pm.(pfernhill).Top bar hives are popular in the third world countries as they do provide a small income to live on, helping to get people out of poverty. Agreed a typical hive is vertical not horizontal

  6. Sorry for being off topic, but I couldn’t help noticing that it looked like a lovely day in the video.

  7. Have you thought about sealing the top of the top bar hives better? That looks like an easy area other bees and pests could attack.

  8. I've noticed on several of your videos that you apologize for the length of the video. I don't think they are too long at all.

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