1. Beekeeper's Video Manual: Swarming preemption and many other tricks - part 1

Uploaded by profulonline on 07.02.2010

We are at the apiary of Tisa Silvestra Monastery, an apiary that I've been developing with the nuns for the past four years.
The hives are placed in this glade of acacia that looks wonderful as if it was designed to accommodate an apiary.
I'm happy to have this opportunity to shoot some apiary practical work that we will perform shortly.
Generally those willing to have a small apiary don't have the practical knowledge to address specific issues, only after they got it when it can be too late. I want to solve this problem with these videos.
If certain works are not performed on time at the apiary one can lose many hives.
I think that a video manual with practical beekeeping works will fill this gap and help many beekeepers.
Today we start this project and we'll perform an interesting procedure.
The procedure is called: natural swarming preemption. Swarming is a natural phenomenon that leads to the weakening of an apiary as bees and the number of hives decrease.
After several such swarming, the apiary can be depleted. Here's how we implement this preemption:
After the acacia harvest, this apiary can experience a lack of activity. This occurs frequently for hives that are stationary and don't move from place to place
In this period, due to the growth during the harvesting of acacia and the lack of activity, the bees will try to swarm.
Here is how to prevent swarming: Extract the honey from the beehive along with some full frames containing brood and the queen, in order to reduce the prospects of getting crowded.
Due to the missing queen, the colony will try to react. If queen cells are already prepared for the near swarming, then everything is fine. If not, we will need to implant some queen cells after 24h.
Between the accacia and lime harvests, the colony will try to raise and fertilise a queen to get ready for the harvest. No way they think of swarming now.
Let's start to work!
I would ask you to shoot from the side. Here is the first hive and the first issue.
I wish I had something to place the super on, but I remembered that last year we emptied some frames from the super and then we placed it sideways.
We'll proceed in the following way.
Note the propolis on the covering wood of the super. It would be a good time to harvest it because the amount seems high.
This is the first intervention in the hive after the acacia harvest. The harvest was not very satisfactory.
The harvest depends on several factors: the weather, the colony gathering power, etc.
This hive has 14 frames at the lower level. The super contains 5cm thick frames and three quarters of the height of a regular frame.
These frames are thick and too deep for the queen to lay eggs. Therefore they are used for honey production.
So, we should not worry much that the queen is on these frames.
These super frames ensure that the queen will not be able to lay eggs and so they will be used only for honey production.
If you have questions, I'd be happy to answer them. This way the video becomes more interesting and attractive for novice beekeepers.
These frames are very large but offer high storage capacity and this alone contributes to the postponement of swarming.
If the bee colony has enough space to grow, then there will not be willing to swarm.
What is with those flat combs on this frame? These are the combs that have a template and it will be drawn out by bees.
The bees will draw these frames as they see fit according to the honey bee production.
This comb was drawn out partly based on the needs of this colony.