Finally another beekeeping video. I apologise for the delay. Many people ask for them and I have lots more things I’d like to say about bees and beekeeping - but as you can maybe see from this one, they’re not that easy to make. Apart from bees climbing all over everything, wearing a veil makes it nearly impossible to see the little screen on our camera so I often spend five minutes filming the tree next to the hive, or my knee or whatever.
The other reason is that when I’m with the bees I sort of lose track of time and focus completely on what I’m doing in the hive. The bees are powerfully hypnotic. Really. Often I’ve forgotten that I was supposed to be filming until the little ‘battery flat’ noise on the camera reminds me.
But I managed this one – and I hope you find it interesting. For those who don’t know already, I use a different type of hive from most – the Rose Hive – which doesn’t use queen excluders. That means the queen can go where she likes and the bees can arrange their broodnest and stores as they choose in the hive. It makes sense to me that honeybees should be allowed to do what they like – after all, they surely know best how to be bees than any human could. In that spirit, I let them make whatever comb they want to too – except I do use full sheets of foundation in every second frame so they don’t stick combs together.
There are a few more videos on this channel and on the Rose Hives website about my sort of beekeeping, if you’re interested. (www.rosebeehives.com) (And check out ‘The Rose Hive Method book too.) And of course, feel free to share and subscribe and comment if you like.
Bees and beekeeping are my main thing – they have taught me so much about how the world works and I recommend anyone who hasn’t experienced them close up to take a gentle stroll down that fascinating path.
Here’s the link to the video on making your own sheets of foundation
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