Saturday, 17 May 2014
CLOSEUP of Honeybee QUEEN EGGS and BEE LARVAE. Beekeeping 101
Take a closeup look at honey bee queen eggs and bee larvae. It is very important as a beekeeper to know what these bee eggs and larvae look like when doing a hive inspection in your apiary. If you can see these tiny eggs, it is usually a good indication that a healthy laying queen is present and is doing her job. A bee colony must have a healthy, fertile and productive queen bee to survive. However, it is often difficult to find the honey bee queen herself, and the presence of freshly laid eggs tells you she is there, and she is laying.
For more advanced beekeepers, the density of the eggs, placement of them in the cell itself and more can provide further information about what the bees are up to. At times, there may be no queen at all, and a few honey bees will start laying unfertilised eggs themselves. Why is unknown, at least to the best of our knowledge. Please feel free to shed light ion comments below if you are better informed about this bee behavior. As the bees are not fertilized, only drones are produced, further expediting the demise of a dying colony. If this is the situation, there are certain steps a beekeeper must take, and very swiftly at that, if he/she is to save the colony. Certainly do not purchase and introduce a new queen at this stage, as the laying worker bees will most likely gang up on her and kill her. This is very interesting and may be a topic for another video in the future.
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Monday, 12 May 2014
In this video, we show you how to solve a relatively large problem in a simple way - beekeeping 101. Although this relates to beekeeping as we dispose of old timber frames, it also applies to anyone burning anything (reused old timber perhaps) that may contain staples, nails or screws within it.
Beekeepers often have old frames that are no longer usable for what ever reason. So long as they are timber or wooden, they are fine to use as fuel for fire. HOWEVER, what about the steel or magnetic metals like the staples, nails, screws, eyelets and wires? Don't they end up in the ashes? YES, they do, which means you can't use the ashes in your garden or compost. Watch this video as it explains a simple way to overcome this problem. STEP by STEP. It can save you money and reduce your chance of a serious wound or injury or even exposure to a serious tetanus infection. Using a simple yet effective solution we remove all these risks. Find or purchase a strong rare earth neodymium magnet, relatively strong (easily available on ebay for a few dollars), and mount it onto a non/magnetic aluminium, plastic or wooden rod. After a few trials, I found it best to place the rare earth magnet into a small plastic cap, which protects it from getting dirty or damaged, and it makes it much easier to remove the metallic debris. Really simple, fast and cheap to make, yet it saves lots of time and money as you can re-use your ashes in the garden.
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