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Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping Part 3

Michael Kevin Johnson


These presentation will help you become familiar with a valuable natural farming resource known as the Honey Bee. Learn how to get started, what to expect, and how to help our friends, and bees! 


  • January 15, 2020
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This is a this is actually a water meter that this hive came out of. That's the traditional Lang straw that's the traditional base screen bottom board your regular frames that you see here and then you put the telescoping lid over the top and again here's that's basically that set up this is flow flow that's top comb. And so I'm trying different varieties different types of hives because I want to be able to experience and inform people as best I can with whatever they might have been dealing with. That typical frame this is Ok you see this right here you see those peanuts those are swarm cells so remember we were talking earlier about you can divide off the hive and I would cut out one of these well this one small This one's not I And if I had a known queen in here that was laying good anyway I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to cut both of these out from a distance out and across and granite yes you're going to kill some larva doing this and I would take those and I'd put them in a different box and put them on the top of the frame and the likelihood is I would put both of these on 2 different frames as well so that way you have twice the chance of having a queen bee built and I would make sure that the queen didn't go to the new box when I moved it. Yes Yes And so this is when you get in there and that's what this picture is here that's literally what you're looking at when you open up the hives cereal and when you start pulling out the frames and you're looking at something like this and like this you're looking at thousands and thousands of bees that yes they can sting you and yes it would hurt you know but that. Is the honey ready to go right there. This is another type of hive which is becoming more and more popular right now and it's a horizontal hive it's using these frames right here rather than the top bar frames and you can build it longer and still have that same divider like you do with your with your. Top bar hive so that you can make this hive whatever length across here you want it to be and that's becoming very popular and I'm actually wanting to build one of these i just haven't done it yet. It's pretty it's actually a pretty nice idea and it's specially as you get older you don't have to lift. Honey super's that can weigh 100 pounds. And most of what I'm using is deeps So 10 frame deep. Of Honey you're talking a lot a lot of weight so this is basically what it would look like inside without the inner inner cover in there so you would put the inner cover in where you can feed them. Then this is the flow when you can see you see can probably see these little lines that's where they've taken the plastic cells and they have joined them together so they can fill it and that's the 1st step to being used in there and. Oh Ok I was thinking that was a video one. This is a queen excluder that is an essential part of that particular system because you don't want the queen laying up here which I have had that happened before where a queen got up into the top and my whole system that I spent a fortune on became a brood box and it's like Ok so you get the queen back in the bottom and deal with it. And this is in a sense how that system works you can see these are all and why you didn't build this to Bill to to be the correct orientation I don't know I'm sure it has to do with the physics of building it and stuff like that because technically these should be turned. Where the points this should be the bottom like this so that their point actually would be like this because those points should be at the very bottom but then when they open it up but it'll just flow down and out the back and I can tell you it does work and this if it. I was afraid that was going to happen. That's the difference between using my computer and. This one but you can kind of see Sorry but it's squished but this is supposed to be that way and nice and long and this is literally just flowing down out of it. Yeah yeah if you were to turn it this way and stretch it back out again. I don't. Yeah yeah this is a court jar but this is you know you can see the foam the tear that's the most foam that I deal with when I do this system. That that one is the flow 5 yeah this is the key that's sticking that sticking up out of it. Ok so. There's one is in this is where I'm glad I was able to get this over here while the power was out this is the extractor and you can see how the the comb sits in there this is a 3 frame extractor which that looks pretty big for a 3 frame but it's all they will hold because of the way they hold it in there. And that's available through today and which a lot of this equipment that you can get is. The upside is you can do it quickly. You can do is huge amount in hardly any time at all. And if you have a short amount of time to work with there you go the downside is you have to store the equipment granite The bees will clean it for you. But you know still. An ox the honey is being oxidised through this whole process because every time you. You move it every time you whatever you're actually oxidizing it more and more and you're going to find that it's going to have more and more potential of having contaminates and various things in it but this is the biggest problem that I found. This is the 5 gallon bucket there's nothing wrong with this that's normal you can take it off you can scrape it off but actually I scraped off some and put it in a container and when I came back an hour later most of it was honey again and so I mean it's not like it just doesn't look so great but you can see when I bottled up Monday night that's what I was dealing with now I do have these bottles some of them are some of my extra honey that I have over there and you can see now that there's only a few little bubbles at the very top but still it's just that's is it is what it is that's why when you use this method you have to give it so long before you put it into a show because if you have any bubbles any foam. You're out they don't even look at it. See. Ok the method that I use that Ok that's what it was remember I talked about turning the frame upside down that's the method that I've pretty much using here is just give you an idea of some different things people have done with hives or for hives. All sorts of weird things you can do. This gives you an idea of. Different bees It's not a real picture obviously but the workers lifespan $22.00 to $42.00 days drones about 90 days unless it's Mading and then it dies that day the queen to have 7 years. The bees life one b. will make 112 of a teaspoon of honey we spoke about that in the fact that all the workers were females. This is kind of like just give you a rough idea of their method their jobs in the hive they start with cleaning then they go to nursing then aids then wax airflow become a guard be and then they are a forger until they die. And here is a nice pretty nice photo of the Queen. She's actually right up here if you didn't notice her when you pull out your your hive your combs the 1st thing that you usually do is you have your box across here with let's say 10 frames in it. Go all the way to one side or the other and pull out one frame 1st all the way at the edge port out carefully and get it out of the way make sure the queen is not on it which usually she's not on the side doesn't mean she's not because she will. But just double check it if she's not on it put it to the side then take the next hive move it over and bring it up and do that with every other hot every other frame when you're looking at it. Be very careful because you don't want to roll the Queen if you start rolling or in when the hives are touching each other coming in and now you can end up killing her and then you have a whole different problem you have to deal with. So play it safe pull one out of your way slide it over bring it up then put that one all the way to the side then slide the next one over bring it up when you check it it's just it's a safety thing more than anything else so there's the queen here in the caretakers around her some of them moved away because I know it's not a high 5 and then this is the queen so right here. And this one would be a superseding queen because it's not down here so technically you could almost say they could have been going either way just because that hole there but that one was turned out to be a superseding queen. Queens can lay up to 2000 eggs a day usually it's less. They usually go on to mating flights and that's it the rest their lives they're in the hive. The drone we've spoke about they basically have one job and then that's it. We won't go into too much detail with that where do you get your bees you can get them by collecting them somewhere this is some high. Swarm that was going in and starting to build in these palms You can also get them like this. You're not box is the better route. Especially when you're starting you know this is actually a removal that I did that where they went in somebodies walls and you know before be here again you're going to be far better off dealing with a box this is a slide it doesn't show real well but it talks about the different bees the Italian. Had I mean how you say a car no care car Yolande there or something buck fast Russian German and a Caucasian ironically just so you know Caucasian bees or black. It's kind of I've just always gotten a laugh out of that. Attack I answer generally the main the main be that people are going to deal with Buck fast bees are also called ankle biters. That is because they will chew the legs off of the roll might rendering them useless and kill them off. And so I think a lot of people are starting to work that into. Into their stuff now this is actually that day in our backyard so are there people that can help you there certainly are and most of them are dealing are in your be societies. Things that you can do to help would be planting stuff that the bees would like. Farmers or you know they're finding putting wildflowers on the edges of their property walls to help draw the pollinators in. Hope. Ok I didn't lose it. There's a lot whole ton of information of different types of flowers plants things like that that you can plant and at this point we're not going to go into that too much. See the males Ok we've kind of gracious words are like honeycomb sweetness to the soul and health to the body and I forgot I know it was in there but I lost where I had the verse Ok so we're going to skip this because we just finished that break so we're going to is kind of try to. Go through so we can be done by I think it's 5 o'clock right. We're supposed to be done so the parable of fun certainty you know there's going to be questions you know what are the world we're going to do how my going to do this the big question everybody wants to know. Is that. It was asked right how much money I'm I'm going to get how much honey general terms depending on where you are in the country 30 to 100 pounds averaging 60 here. 100 pounds is not too terribly unusual if it's a good strong hive when you get up north it's not going to be quite that much depending on what your. Environment is if you're sitting in the middle of a massive orchard in the spring you're going to get a whole lot and then you might not get so much later on. What may issues may arise that creature right there which I think one got killed at the end of the road not some time last night but. Skunks. Are probably the main thing that are going to go after your bees they will go after him and they it was described to me as they like them like popcorn they sit there and they go to the end of your hive and they go. Until they start coming out and then they just start eating them but that's why most people will put their hives that high up off the ground which is 2 cinderblocks is a good safe distance 3 is fine 2 or you can do 2 like 2 of them high and then eventually you know there's all sorts of different ways people mount them the reason they do that is because it's a skunk comes along it's going to have to climb up like this and it exposes the belly and they'll come out and Sting its belly so they won't bother it that's why you'll find hives generally not right on the ground plus a lot less pass you know a lot less ant issues what I've actually found that I do and in a couple pictures you'll see I've got the cinder blocks the wrong way I've turned them to where now they're all that up up this way the reason I do that is twofold wass will get in there and wasps are kind reverse and will eat your bees. The other is I can put diatomaceous no where is it for pork type diatomaceous earth is which you use in a pool yeah. If you put the diatomaceous earth inside of these that will reduce your hive beetles and your ants being as much of an issue bearer is another one people one bear country they use usually have it surrounded with electric fence I mean. What else can you do. Yeah yeah you can't you can't use generally solar isn't going to be strong enough air going to have to have the high powered thing that's designed for 10 mile and only use it around your hives and you should be Ok that's generally what people are doing. I don't know why this picture is with that word but anyhow. So I've spoke about this I personally will not do more than 50 percent of honey ever I just won't. I have heard of people and I spoke about this earlier too so we can pass that up but it just don't harvest everything and giving sugar water just don't do it it's your going to end up killing them this hive or this frame is not ready to harvest yet it's very close and in a matter of a couple of weeks it might be but if it's not solid white solid capped just leave it to sleeve it's not worth trying because your your most your content will be too high so your honey will be no good it'll ferment and the bubbles that you're seeing that I'm telling you about that are in mine right now that's not that wouldn't be because of it being freshly poured it would be because it's fermented and that's you know but I can tell you this isn't harvested like you know not even a week ago and filled in bottles a few days a couple days ago so that's not the issue with that but it is what it is. So one of the most important things you can do to help is consider honestly when you spray. If you're going to spray something on your farm. Do it. If you can do it like a half an hour before sundown. That would make a massive difference compared to even an hour before sundown because you when you get to close to sundown most of the bees have come back home and then by morning most of that stuff is going to be dry before the bees get back out and so there are recommendations and suggestions and requirements depending on what it is and a lot of that has to do with the bees This was a sad reality that happened to me this was not the day that it happened but this was like this year and I was like oh no please don't tell me and I was fine it was fine but I literally had hives that were busting into every seam top bottom sides everything so I left the property on Sunday. Ordered all my equipment got it went back up Friday afternoon so that I could. Basically split all my hives on Sunday and I had 100 percent the kill 100 percent. I should say the last remaining 10 bees looked like they had Parkinson's and I just it was so disgusting and so sad because all the money was gone everything and I ended up I was just so disgusted I just picked the stuff up because I didn't know how much poison was in what and I just took it over to the barn pile and burned it up and that's how they ended in 2017 and that the reality had happened. All the honey it was useless it had poison and. Some of it was gone which meant that it went to somebody else's hive and did the same thing to their hives and that's that's one of the major things that people aren't really seeing happen they go oh I'll be shit you know and I've had people call me to help them get bees out of their place and their bees you know they've sprayed. And yours kind of go I can't do anything about it because if I take these back to my a.p. ery you know if they may not have killed these that are left but if they have the poison still there and it comes back into my a.p. area then I can lose my entire a priori so it's not worth the risk. At. Our. Yeah. Yeah but see that can be fermenting and if you're using store honey. One of the one of the issues and I didn't cover it in here but one of the issues that we run into is a beekeeper is there's a risk of American felt bereaved Ok. If that happens to your hive. That's what you are required by law to do. And I'm not talking just to be frames I'm talking your entire hive has to be locked down taken and burned off and everything is gone and you have to start all over again there that is there is no funny business with that one. You can get it I see 2 hands go ahead American foul brewed. It's the way that you check it I have I can tell you thank God I have never seen it. But I've seen videos where you take a toothpick and you stick it in where the brute is and you pull it out and it's like this spongy stringy slimy mess that comes up and that is the test for American fabric and when you have it that's the only option you've got. It's a disease and actually what you were talking about was doing the feeding bees from honey from the store that's the most common way it gets spread because it doesn't affect humans so if a commercial grower experiences American fowl brewed. They may not realize it until the honeys already through the system but it doesn't matter for us because we aren't going to get it but. We can spread it real fast that way. Yeah yes correct and generally they're getting it from all over the entire United States you know it's not even southeast it's not even this is the southwest this is north No it's Here's the United States. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah yeah yeah. And if weird if I'm dealing with an African ised hive I have 2 options I can kill it off if it you know we're talking a feral community colony that existing out somewhere that I'm going to get I can kill it and that's the way to do it you spray it down with soap water that way and then you would you would want to wash out the comb also so no honey gets you know whatever soaked up by people other bees I mean. Yes that is an option the other option is you get them out and you re Queen them but. You have you would have to decide whether you want to deal with an aggressive hive for the next 6 weeks or 8 weeks or 10 weeks or you know till the cycle changes but it is a pos it is an option it is a possibility and technically if you go out and get a feral colony you are in need of replacing that Queen. It's not a law that you have to. It's strongly advised is the way they put it. I I determine it by the demeanor of the bees if if the bees are aggressive There's no doubt there's no question if I can rip the hive completely and totally apart and I don't have a b. bothering me at all then tire time I know it came from a managed hive in that area and I generally know who it was and go Ok these are his bees there's no doubt I know them. So and again that's just an emphasizes that. Let's see if this is just explaining what had happened at that time. Yeah it's that's that's the name I was looking for really or with the it's in the radiator fluid in this round up and stuff like that. But literally. The guy was telling me he had had the highest yield per acre of peanuts he had ever had in his life on the fields on both sides of me and I said well this is how you rewarded me. You know so. Basically I let them know that what the law was about it and just said Just so you're aware if it happens again I'll be reporting it because the he gets fined $1500.00 but I lost many many many times that I mean because literally everything I couldn't use any of it at all. A single grain of 7 dust I spoke about this war will kill an entire hive and I'll go around up before a flower. You know the best that it's going to do is cause I had to be extremely weak. And the most likely is it will be destroyed then what will happen is after that colony dies out other bees will rob that hive they'll take that back to their hive and that cycle just continues on down the line thus colony collapse disorder term came out because they couldn't figure out what's been causing it that's is my opinion I can't say it on science but to me that. Has got to be what it is. But basically you know they're they're cleaning up this is this is actually this right here is my top bar hive this is the tree that it came out of. And this is what was remaining and you can see they're literally going crazy it's their own honey cleaning it up. There was actually absolutely no health issues with this hive whatsoever so I didn't have any issues with letting the bees clean it up. I don't mind doing that with my own bees somebody else that's our whole different story. But literally that's that's what it looks like you've got you know thousands and thousands of bees sitting there just going around that Ok well this at least is larger but it's oriented wrong but this is after I was done bottling up that's my black tar This is a couple of quarts I had a little tiny scraping instead of me scrubbing it out and throwing it away or taking hot water and making bread a lot of times I'll just do that because it's it's honey from my own hives so I don't I'm not too concerned about it some of the past that you've got to deal with this is what a frame of wax moth looks like whacks moth will destroy a hive quickly there is no doubt about that whatsoever. What do you do the only thing you can really do you reduce the opening keep it reduce you don't let it be the whole width of the hive they only want about a 2 inch opening. I have had the entire hive open before with no issues but play it safe keep it reduce down your lemonade the raw being a gives them a small area to guard and your eliminate havingness that generally is from having too small or too little bees in a large area will generally create this. Wax moth in literally 2 x.. They're starting to use it now for eating plastics in landfills and using them for fish bait. That's been the new trend but they will they literally will go in there and they'll just eat eat the wax. This is a this is a hive that I had lost up here and that was you know it didn't take a very long for that to happen. But if there was for that particular hive I was that frame I would just end up pulling that plastic out and putting a new piece of plastic and scraping out and freezing the rest. Basically if there's just a little bit in there stick it in the freezer for a few days that kills the wax moth kills the eggs kills the everything you're going to be fine then the bees can finish cleaning it up another problem you'll come across is across comb I think I mentioned that earlier when we were looking at the home where it starts on one frame they come over and build it on to the other frame that can be an utter complete and total mess I had a hive that the entire Super. They built across from frame to frame to frame instead of frame to frame to frame to frame that was a nightmare and it made a huge mess but it got cleaned up. They just periodic leave they'll do it. There are no no rhyme or reason it was it was open frames so I didn't have. Didn't have the plastic there to guide them that's why some most grow most beekeepers will use that. What you can do with that is if you're if you insert. If you want to have an a frame that is natural comb. What I would probably do. Is take your comb that does not have. The. Lining on it and put it in between frames like that then that will tell them Ok I need to build just across like that that don't lease guide him in the right direction you still might get some cross come but it shouldn't be as much. Here there's no guarantee they're going to do what they want to do. You know. It can be all sorts of things it can be if it's feral it's going to happen more commonly than if it's not and that's another reason to kind of be dealing with those. Let's see. Ok. Oh yeah this I think that last thing I think I have a picture of this in here too but this is like the inside that's that's basically ideal for a top or how that should look another item is that it's a. More common one that everybody's going to deal with his small hive beetle. Seems like it's going to be on almost any hive anywhere just a matter of how much you get enough of it and you've got this and that is nothing that's garbage you don't you don't want to do anything with that whatsoever it's. Fermented slime it's yeah. And that's why putting the bore the blocks with the opening up filling it with side to me says earth what happens in this thing's life cycle is the eggs. Will drop though as a result lay the eggs those all drop to the bottom of the hive drop underneath burrow into the ground turn into a beetle and come back up so putting that diatomaceous earth down there it's like putting knives on them and it will kill them and then there's the brawl might again. The role might I think part of the reason why it's getting as bad as it has in the United States. I still can kind of throw that back towards chemical uses because I think that our our bees have become weaker and weaker from what I've seen I have not seen the strength of the bees that I've seen 4 years ago everywhere still they there's a few of them that I'm starting to see they are getting back there but still nothing like what even 4 years ago I saw so for Roy I might there's 10 I'm going to tell you search that one out because there's a whole lot of different opinions of what to do and how to treat for it and. Some are Gannicus some are not some are Gannicus but they tell you wear gloves. Wear mask face shield the whole she bang cover up from head to toe. And you're going to get that c.b.s. you know you're going to put this in your hive so. Just look up the different options for that when it comes down to it yeah. Yes. The go to their 1st yes yes that's correct because the drones are are larger and so those you can generally go to the to the drones and when the there's been one time when the inspector was out and of all the years I've been doing the be so far which isn't that terribly many. I've only seen one parole might. And that was it but as a safety precaution I did treat my hives of accordingly and stuff like that and actually this right here. Everybody know what it is I'm thinking everybody in here most everybody in here is old enough that's a flower sifter put powdered sugar in that. And take your hives. And I can tell you there's people that will not do this and I can tell you because they consider you're adding sugar to your honey Ok but if you take the powdered sugar and you're like this. What they're going to do is it's going to get all over the b.. And then all the other bees are going to come along in their storage room in the other bees to clean it off when they clean it off the roll mites fall in once they fall in they're out of the hive that's it they're gone they can't come back and. So yeah yeah and that is a method that they're you know that I know some people that have 0 mites and that's what they use and when I was talking to somebody about you know like yeah but they're putting sugar in there honey. I'm like Ok so is that better than putting in their acid burn in there or putting acid strips in there that same remove all the honey before you do this because if you do this you can have this happen you know you don't want to put this poison you know you're going to give it to your bees but you don't want to put this poison in your honey you know there's a there's a product that bear is working on but isn't it isn't Ok for the us yet that is something of interest Bayer Bayer and like as in Bear aspirin. Yes I know it's an interesting concept is what I'm saying I don't know if it works yet or not I've only said it but they it's only available overseas and it's actually an entrance device where the bees will go through that entrance device in so doing it. Takes care of the mite. And it supposedly some micro amount of something or other that is fine and. You know you can leave your supers on you don't have to worry about it. It's just something of interest and I've sent the information and asked the Florida lab which is right here in Gainesville. But I haven't heard about it one of the other things I've been pondering and I haven't talked to him yet is. How much brushing does it take for it to come off of a b.. So that's I haven't played with that much but wondering if a if that same concept with a camel here might work I don't know. So anyhow that's just stuff I was thinking so your rewards you can see that's. Some nice good clean clear honey that was right before it went into a show then we showed this at the beginning this is where it was supposed to go. And your crops will generally yield larger as much as 25 percent has been documented I cannot promise you that. And about 70 percent of the bees are shipped off from all over the United States to California for almond pollination. When they come back they're generally healthy or if they're left there too long and they end up dead because of spraying for the almond trees because as soon as the bees are done they start spraying. It's to them it's too much money and then there's your rewards is what you end up getting with your honey. In Florida. Hive wise who that small hive wise you can end up with I'm going to read this to you just give an idea a quarter acre 3 colonies these numbers are doubled for during swarm season quarter acre to half acre is 6 half acre to one acre is 11 acre to 2 and a half 152 and a half to 5 years 255 to 10 is 50 after that. It's basically unlimited. But you have to be within 100 feet 150 feet of your property edge. So there comes a point where I mean literally I have 20 acres if I wanted I could have 10000 beehives there do I want 10000 besides no I want a few beehives for pollinating my orchard and not worry about the rest. The fees for up to 5 years 10 dollars up to 40 as 20 up to $200.00 is or 20 then 40 at $200.00 up to $570.00 and over $500.00 colonies is 100 dollars a year so in Florida you're not talking a lot of money and I can tell you your b. inspector can be your absolute best friend they are at least here in Florida they are. Real helps. You come across the nation you like when this be kill happened. I sent a note to my inspector up here as well as in Deltona to let them know look you don't need to bother coming out this is what happened she called me up within probably 30 minutes and spent 2 hours on the phone with me about it I mean you don't get it and I paid $10.00 a year for this at the time like. You know so yeah but generally definitely start with a local b. club learn from the people that are in your in your direct area and most of all get started. Even if it's a single hive That's fine you're going to be better off with 2 hives Just because then you can compare what's going on. You know it'll work easier with 2 you'll be happier because then if something happens to one and it needs help you can get him help from the other. Did I miss the 1st part of that verse I think I did Ok so in the low land flowing with milk and honey that expression is used 18 times in the Old Testament so you know I'm not advocating drinking milk and I'm not advocating eating just honey but hey it is a Scripture verse so if you're searching if you search on Facebook for s.t.a. beekeepers you can find a group that I did set up that we can all keen to new communicating with each other my cards up here I'm going to be over at the booth when we're at the booth when the booths are open and. I'll be happy to give you whatever information I can help you you can always email me text me call calling if I'm at the farm is pretty difficult at times just the way it is the house of Israel called you called manna I've always wondered what this tastes like and I'm looking forward to trying it. So feel free to ask anything it's you have about how many questions about these I will say he for example you don't see that. That branch but this is actually the one the hive is right there right up in there that's how high up I had to go I was not comfortable I do not like heights so and these are just kind of like some just some extra slides that I have in here that's a swarm that's building a colony they look dangerous but they really aren't that you know they're just trying to find a place to go. This is probably after or want to after this accident and so they're just trying to find somewhere to land. You know there's crazy things people do you're not going to find me doing it I don't mind dealing with bees but I am not going to go nuts. You know if you want to put honey on yourself and you want to have bees flying all over you go for it I understand there's a lady that that's what she wears when she goes out is bees. I'm not that way so and then there's just there's a whole bunch of different plants. I've got some stuff but that has some information probably easier emailed to everybody at this point I don't have I went to go print some stuff on my printer wasn't working this is actually one of that is it regular trash can the guy opened it up to throw his trash in there and it was literally filled with these cell but that's. To get like guys that's. There's no be in there that's over other than the Queen it's going to be over 3 months or 3 months old. I mean in that anything in here. There's nothing in there that's going to be over 3 months old. You know. Well that it happened probably the night before and he took his trash out there was B.'s in there so he called the city the city gave my number so you know. And yes you will potentially be getting stung but you can see what I was talking about earlier and you were like ah ha about how it rips out the whole backside of them this is basically the entire venom sack and when that comes out the bees going to die. Honey bee can not sting and Sting and Sting and Sting unless it's the Queen. But a wasp can and yellowjackets can and that's why a yellow jackets and hornets and stuff like that when people call about them I'm like no you call pest control they come out they'll take care of you it's all. You know but that gets us to about the time that we're supposed to be out so we were able to breeze through the last part so if you got any questions feel free to ask them if you want to look at stuff and ask questions about what you see feel free. This piece here this is actually a honey strainer. Thank you what I will usually do when I turn the frames upside down is all collected into a bucket and then I will open the valve. Into whatever I've collected in I'll let it drip through these this is basically just 2 different screens different sizes then after that I will let it go through. Where to put it I'll let it go through this. And I never heat it up so in essence what I end up doing is I strain it. I guess you could say and this is like a I think it's a 200 micron. Just to make sure that any little chunks of wax don't get into my bottles. So I do go through the process of just letting it go through this very slowly. And that's just to catch any little thing that I might have missed. After it goes into that and it sits in the 5 gallon bucket and that has a little valve on it and then I just open and close it and put it in but yeah and you know since since I've already don't have the foam in there I don't really have to deal with the foam that you normally after 2 days I usually don't have any foam on mine at all yeah. The bees actually you know what that is a picture I should have put in there thank you for reminding me I'm going to have to send myself a note the wax is actually. For lack of a better way to put it almost looks like bees sweating. In the abdomen they have little joints let me see oh here this will work. Ok you see these little joints right here this that is it showing up out there they will gorge themselves and they will actually push wax out of that scene it's the strangest thing I and I could not get anybody to get me a give me a picture they had of that happening and I meant to put it in here and that's that was one of the things that I totally forgot to do but you know it's look it up online is really pretty weird when you think about this and these are creatures that people think of evolved from. Nothing basically I mean it's like there is no way I mean just looking at the stinger on the queen alone makes no sense with evolution you know. Yeah yeah they both go make it and form it though make it and chew it up and form it into the shape they need. Yeah I I have this last year I made my 1st 3 dip candles for the fair. This is not cleaned wax this is still quarter in quote classified as dirty wax but here I'll pass around a couple of these years and look at it. If you look at the one side it's clean the other side is dirty and that's because this wax has not been filtered yet. Which basically would mean running it through something like this but with a oh did you find one Ok so this let's see. Ok yeah. So that's what it looks like when they create the wax. Is in that in that is you know and this is something people think just like happened by chance. You know I mean there are. These things that are producing and helping produce 70 percent of the food that we need it's going to be more than that as vegetarian or vegan and you know supposedly things like this just happen. Yeah yeah it is an incredible amount. Yeah. Yeah isn't that me thank you but yeah it's. You know when I grew up I grew up in Maryland. I was in the heart of some day adventists country basically I guess and I never heard the term 7th Day Adventist so I was 18 and it wasn't until my 1st son was born that my dad said oh you know when I was a kid I was born here and like you were says yeah I was born here like Ok at Washington Adventist Hospital. And I said really and he says yeah I says you know my mom would it didn't matter how far away it was she wouldn't take us to any hospital unless it was an Adventist Hospital she studied with had been it started on like Dad Then why did I never heard that here the term 7th Day Adventists growing up you know why you did this truth never get to me until I was 18 you know and I'm the only advantage to my family but evidently my grandmother had a tremendous amount of respect for some of the evidence and you know it's just. Never came up with the house so anyway just a funny little story for you. But yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Ok my suggestion and this is why this is why people use different types of things for different types of things Ok there's a frame just like this with a little strip ideally with a little strip across here because this is not what they will always do sometimes they will just build all the way to the edge and build out and not build right in the middle so you put a little wood strip across this piece but this is going to be your best bet for getting literal wax. This is just an open frame I mean it's it's a standard frame just without that yellow insert there you know that you don't have the plastic foundation piece in it and then you can get the honey out and you can use you can just break this wax off and melt it you just keep the temperature. It's under I can look at my notes I have at home but I think it's 125 degrees. Yeah yeah it's right around that point you don't want to get too hot and bees wax when it burns for candles doesn't smoke and that's why it used to be what they would use in the churches was all bees wax because of that. So yeah but this would be. You can also use the other type but and then you just have to after you're done with it you just have to scrape it off and I would probably take it out if you kept bees I would probably take it out after you get your honey I would probably set it out there for let the bees clean it up so that way you don't have all that extra honey as long as you know it's from your own bees you know it's Ok honey you know there's no issues in the hive then I would do that. Yeah. This Yeah but it's if you're gonna make a candle it's going to take quite a bit it will use you might be initially easier buying wax from like a place like the dent. Where they sell it by the pound m.-e. it is an option but it will take a while I will tell you I have been beekeeping for a lotta years now probably not a lot but maybe say I'm on my 5th year ish. No clue what that is. Somewhere around my 5th year and I'm just now been able to make 3 candles. And that includes getting feral colonies that I couldn't do anything with the wax because it was all balled up and off into different twists and turns and branches and things like that so it it takes a while to get that kind of quantity a wax Yes it just just be knowing that now rather than going oh I'm going to make candles next year with the wax from my hive it's it's going to be a while. You know I might have I might now have. Maybe 4 or 5 pounds of wax total. Maybe so yeah it's like one of those will not crockpots but got about maybe that much in it like a little fried add a unit that's about what I have. Now even half full. So I don't want to discourage you but I also don't want to make you think you could have something that you will. Yes Yes Yes It's very handy one. Can use it to lubricate things you can use it to fix things to coat things some people actually will melt it down and they'll use it as the paint. To give your hive a natural look. And it's coated in protected Yeah. Yeah. Yes. Ok I usually just set them on something out way away from the hives and I will tell you like this the foam that I was talking about that I got from this. This batch of honey that I just did for being here because I didn't have enough money of my own. I took that and I put it out and I will tell you that when I came back last night probably let's say around 1030 or 11 when I went out to go get my display hives right here. There were a ton of dead these inside of there because what they did is they all got in there and were fighting over it. And so that does happen. Some of them well drowned in stuff like that so that's why they say that I can to put it out put out rocks and this I thought was shallow enough but I still probably had a I'm guessing maybe maybe a 100 or so dead bees in it you know so I mean that is the reality of the chances are they were already at the point where that was going to be happening any to them anyway but that yes Robyn can be a huge issue and it can create a big problem and if you if you were to try to that's why I like this. This is actually for a feeder you see little tiny holes in there. Did If you want to put sugar syrup Your best thing to do is see to get the type a lid that has a hole in the top that you can put it like this and put a box around it and they cover. A lot of people will take and put it in like this and then it will go right in the front of the hive right here the problem with that is it encourages robbing and the last thing that's really about the last thing that you want to have actually starting to happen is when you can have a real nightmare on your you know with this media was brought to you by audio from a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like for about 40 overs if you would like to listen to your sermon leave w w w audio verse or.


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