Once you have bees you will have to periodically have to get into the hive and see what is going on. Firstly, it is important to make sure that you have a healthy hive. Secondly, it is vitally important for new beekeepers to do hive inspections so that you can learn more about bees. Yes, you can learn a lot from many resources, but once you get into the hive that is where the rubber meets the road with beekeeping. Below you will find two videos that document me doing hive inspections in my small backyard beekeeping operation.
The first video is me going into a hive that recently cast a swarm. This was a great learning opportunity for me. I recently pulled the swarm cells before the swarm and basically left the hive queen-less. However, this video has some great shots of what capped brood looks like. It also shows the difference between drone brood and worker brood. Another question I see in many online beekeeping groups is asking about something with their frames. Often time it is capped honey, you will be able to see capped honey in this video too. As the video goes on the hive gets more and more agitated, at 11:00, I accidentally kick a shim I put under the hive to help keep moisture out of the hive. Not long after you see me quickly put the hive together and egress the area. Well that’s because I had some very agitated bees in my veil with me. Just imagine that scene from “Tommy Boy”
Shortly, after I got the bees out of my veil I returned to the yard and made another a video. I had to add a piece of tape to my veil to make sure it was secured. This is my solution for my protection when my bees get cheeky, at least until my beekeeping jacket in. In the video below you will see me look through 3 different hives, 2 of the hives are nucleus colonies. I end up combining the two nucleus colonies, because one of them was queen-less. This nuc had the swarm cells from the first hive.
If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them. Also, if you have any suggestions to make me a better beekeeper please let me know. If you are not a beekeeper and are interested in some more information about how to get started check out this article.