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  1. #1
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    Default My back garden beekeeping

    I've always liked bees, even though I got stung 30+ times when I was a child and stood in a wild beehive , and have just got my first beehive. It's in my back garden as I don't have the energy to use an apiary away from home, I have M.E. (chronic fatigue) which means I have very little stamina. Since it is so close to my family, and neighbors, I'm going to make sure I keep it a friendly hive using Buckfast bees and re-queening with bought queens rather then let them rear their own.

    Anyway this is my first, ever, hive inspection and I wasn't entirely sure how it would go but the bees were very obliging.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfrG_09toFs

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Welcome to beekeeping! I'm sure you will find it as addicting as the rest of us do.

    You might look into apitherapy for the chronic fatigue, specifically the bee pollen. Nothing is quite as good as bee products that come from your own hive.

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Just did an inspection to find that the Queen has been very busy. It's been 19 days since the Queen was released from her cage and there is already a load of sealed brood. Fingers crossed for a honey harvest this year!

    Unfortunately the camera had a little trouble with the light this time, next video will be much better though as I'm getting a camcorder rather then using phones.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aghG71Mdmc

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The sun popped out briefly today so I did a quick inspection using my new camcorder. The hive is doing great, a lot of bees have emerged from their cells and new eggs have been laid in many of them. We managed to get some nice close ups of the eggs and larvae. I made a couple of butterfinged bangs which upset the bees a bit, I blame the fact that I forgot to take my gloves off after lighting my smoker.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIS5P2pZSc0

    EDIT: I forgot to publish the vid, should work now.
    Last edited by Falesh; 05-26-2014 at 05:43 AM.

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The bees were their usual laid back selves, so much so I didn't need to use any smoke at all. We saw the bees building up comb and doing wiggle dances but we didn't manage to spot the Queen. I'm not too worried because I saw eggs and young larvae and I didn't spot any queen cells so I think we just missed here. I'll take another look in a few days.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xFf9svjsec

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We inspected the hive during the day when there were a lot of bees flying around. That wasn't an issue though as they are very well behaved, so well behaved that my nephew felt comfortable standing in the middle of them without a veil.

    The hive is still expanding fast with more and more bees filling it each week. I added a super to it to make sure they have enough room and don't feel cramped to help prevent against swarming.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHJVfxEGTc

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    We did a hive inspection later in the day today and found loads of bees. Part of that is due to up to 14,000 more bees having been born since last week, but there will also be more because there won't be as many out harvesting nectar.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cHlgbF-deQ

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The first super I put on the hive is heavy enough that it must be almost full of honey. I stuck another on a couple of days ago and that already has lots of bees in it drawing out the comb.

    The brood box is still pretty messy with some frames solid with brood and others a mix of honey, pollen and brood. One possible reason for this is that I didn't put supers on early enough and so the bees didn't have room for the honey and it got put where ever there was space. There was still lots of brood so the queen hasn't slowed down laying yet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coowyiZv-2A

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Great video Falesh.

    What subspecies do you own?

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Quote Originally Posted by LexLuthor View Post
    Great video Falesh.

    What subspecies do you own?
    I went with Buckfast and they are proving to be really gentle and very productive!

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    My new hobby is starting to test my energy reserves thanks to the heavy supers full of honey. I have M.E. (Chronic Fatigue) and while I still have a surprising amount of strength in my muscles I have very little endurance. Since I am only going to be inspecting the hive every few weeks now I can probably handle doing all the work by saving up my energy in between inspections. Next year when I get another couple of hives I will have to get someone else to take the full supers off though as I would never be able to handle 3 hives as prolific as this one!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvUbsaO33OA

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    The honey in the first super is almost fully capped now. The second is filling up well and the third is already in use.

    The queen still seems to be laying at full speed. I had read that she should be slowing down by now so that the hive doesn't have too many bees going into winter but she seems to have other ideas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iad1MQ0BUew

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Thanks for the nice videos! I enjoyed seeing the development of your hive!

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    Quote Originally Posted by iluvicecream View Post
    Thanks for the nice videos! I enjoyed seeing the development of your hive!
    Thanks for that!

    Should be only 1 or 2 vids more before my very first honey extraction, can't wait!

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    Default Re: My back garden beekeeping

    I recruited my dad to help lift the supers off so I could save my energy for the brood inspection. While he was doing that he weighed the supers. Right now we have, very roughly, 5 stone (31kg) of honey. The bees are still very active and we have a lot of flowering plants nearby.

    I did a sticky tray test for varroa which indicated that my bees could use treatment before winter so the winter bees are as healthy as possible. Upon getting advice I plan to take the supers off in a week or two and then apply Apiguard to the hive.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYRs7PwxlI

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