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, June 7, 2013

4th Split made

After pondering about whether to use or not the extra Queen Cells I have in one hive for making one more nucleus hive I decided for doing it. They had 4 very nice Queen Cells and the first emerging Queen will very likely kill the other 3. This is a waste of such fine resource.
This time I used only 1 brood comb with maybe 20 capped brood cells (that was the only brood comb with brood in it) and 1 honey comb. I placed a bowl of water behind the follower board so they don't dehydrate until they start foraging in a few days. I even obstructed the entrance with branches which have leaves so to force the bees to re-orientate. If they don't do the re-orientation flight they might return to their mother hive. This method seems to be working well for me.

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