Sunday, 18 August 2019

ZEST hive update: shiny new roof!

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Channel: Phil Chandler - Barefoot Beekeeper  

I made a lightweight roof using Celotex insulation board and aluminium tape. Oh, and there are bees!

Video length: 5:50
Category: Pets & Animals

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Technique for extracting honey from top bar hive, pressed honey

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Channel: Petar Petrov  

This is how I extract the honey from my top bar hives, pressed honey

Video length: 5:37
Category: Science & Technology

Friday, 16 August 2019

Black bees in a top bar hive on the Isle of Man

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Channel: Phil Chandler - Barefoot Beekeeper  

During the BIBBA conference in September 2016 on the Isle of Man, local beekeeper Johnny Kipps showed me his top bar hives, believed to be the first on the island. We went through both colonies without using smoke.

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Video length: 21:11
Category: Pets & Animals

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Top Bar Hive is Dead Out

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Channel: Brueggens Bees  

Top Bar Hive is Dead Out

Well it didn't quite make the three year mark. The bees did not survive this past winter. I take the blame myself. I rarely inspected this hive, so it doesn't surprise me really.

Based on what I see here, I think they likely went queenless late last fall and just slowly withered away. The amount of dead bees on the floor of the hive tells me they did not just up and leave one day. It tells me that the population slowly withered, and at a point there were not enough house bees to clean out those that starved. But it's not full winter starvation, because there are not dead bees with their heads shoved down in cells looking for food.

Something else interesting, is there is no evidence of wax moths. Normally I'd expect to see an empty hive like this all webbed up and the combs chewed out by the moths. But I don't see a single sign of them. Makes me wonder if there is something to do with the active smell of bees that draws moths where a dead and stripped hive simply doesn't. Perhaps the moths are drawn to the smell of pollen like SHB are.
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Video length: 2:36
Category: Education

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

How to harvest honey from a Top Bar - TBH example

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Channel: OutOfaBlueSky
This video shows how simple it is to harvest a bar of honey from a TBH. Simple, easy, quick. No extractor, uncapper, drainer, strainer, honey house, sieves, or storage of supers needed. Just a knife, and a bucket.

Video length: 2:37
Category: Howto & Style

Monday, 12 August 2019

Top Bar Hive Fondant Feeder

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Channel: Andrew Vidler  

Adding Fondant Feeder to Top Bar Hive

Video length: 2:27
Category: Pets & Animals

Sunday, 11 August 2019

T.G.I. Friday's Chandler Crossroads Bar Champs: Competitor #5 Phil

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Channel: TGIFridaysBriadGroup  

Video length: 7:11
Category: Entertainment