Natural Beekeeping

Top Bar ApiRevolution has begun! Lets make some inexpensive Top Bar Hives and let them be pesticide free on their own natural comb! Che Guebee is a rebel bee fighting for the survival of the Biodiversity we all depend on and which is seriously endangered by deforestation and mono-crop agriculture! What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Bees are "Bearding" in front of the hive

In summer time the inside of the hive can become too hot and too much CO2 because of the growing population and too much humidity due to honey production. So to cool the hive, reduce humidity and lower the CO2 levels the bees fan with their wings and many others simply exit the hive and hang around the entrance until the hive atmosphere reaches the desired levels again. Then they get back into the hive.
This "bearding" is easily mistaken for swarming. When bees swarm they literally RUSH out of the hive in HORDES :) as if the hive is on fire, clouds of bees flying all over the place until they settle near by on a tree branch or else. During "bearding one can always note a few bees fanning with their wings infront of the entrance to help with ventilation.

I spoke to my local bee inspector today about when its the right time to do splits and he said I can do it now because the Dandelions, Maples, Cherries, Sloe are blooming heavily. Even the Apples are starting to bloom now. So I decided to do the splits tomorrow.
Stay tuned!

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