This is my first hive ever. It was an unintentional start. However here I am very excited about whats inside. I was going to West Palm today to get supplies. Glad I called first. I read the site wrong they only have bees and honey. I did a quick search and spoke to a lovely lady Gloria. I got directions and 60 miles later I arrived. She was incredible helpful and with everything right in front of me it just made sense. I would post a link to their web site but i dont know if you allow that.
I did film everything and will post all the good and stupid things I did. Normally i would edit them out but I'm sure I will learn faster with critique.
First thing I noticed about the hive was that it was infested with little beetles. I killed as many as I could. Total I probably saw 20-30 on the top and when I pulled the top bars out. I did not see a queen although i saw capped brood cells.
Lessons I learned.
1. wear glasses, yeah i look dumb in them but i can see the queen better.
2. put the hood on off camera or learn to do it fast. the first time was a lot slow and i didn't even look at it first.
3. build a better fire. the smoke goes out because i didn't use enough kindle.
4. hive tool. You need one and keep it in your pocket
5. less smoke. watching the video it seemed like i used to much.
6. Dont make the parts fit so tight. I have no room for a beatle trap
7. start earlier before wife comes home.
Videos to come