Sweet, golden honey is the reward for a job well-done in maintaining your bees. In this video Jacob will teach you how and when to harvest your honey.

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Sweet, golden honey is the reward for a job well-done in maintaining your bees. In this video Jacob will teach you how and when to harvest your honey.

Diane M. Ste-Anne, MB
I am so thrilled. Love the video. Clear and easy for me to hear. Great investment!!!!
December 1, 2013 13:34
Jake K. ,
Dianne, thank you for the feedback. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying the course. -- Jake Klingensmith
December 12, 2013 11:53
Judy H. Ames, IA
This is our first try at Beekeeping. My husband built our Top-bar from the kit you offer and we received our bee package 4/12/14. I have some questions on over-wintering our hive. We live in central Iowa where the winters get quite cold (have had wind chill of -30 degrees). Just wondered if you have additional information/resources on ways to insulate the hive to prepare it for winter in colder climates such as ours. Also is there is a way to offer the bees sugar water or another type of food which they can access inside of the hive rather than just depending on the quart jar of sugar water on the outside of the hive. We do have a long winter here. We are enjoying our hive and are amazed at what bees can do! We are learning what to check for and thought that our hive was preparing to swarm, so removed the queen cells. Turned out that our hive was queenless, something happened to our queen bee, so had purchase another one to replace it. All is going well now. We hope to add a second hive for next year. Thank you, Jake, for the excellent videos!
May 31, 2014 15:24
Jake K. ,
Judy,

Bees have a way of keeping warm -- in the winter they will do this by clustering together in a tight ball. The bees will vibrate their wings in the cluster, and this vibrating causes the cluster to warm up. Even though it may be below freezing outside, the bees can keep the hive at 55 degrees (F).

The bees in colder states sometimes do better than my bees here in Texas. Here in Texas it will not get cold enough for the bees to hibernate, so they stay active all winter. When they stay active -- flying, looking for food, building comb, raising their young -- they will eat a lot of honey for energy. In our Texas climate, this makes it a little challenging to keep them fed.

It is a good practice to feed your bees before the winter so that they can store the honey in the combs that they will cluster on. The bees need about 5 to 6 combs with honey to survive the winter. The honey will need to be with in reach of their tongues, since the bees will not leave the cluster when it is freezing. I have seen hives starve with gallons of honey in the back of the hive because it was too cold for them to leave the cluster and get it. It would have been a simple thing for me to have the moved combs of honey from the back of the hive to were the cluster was, but at the time I did not know that that bees will not leave the cluster if it is below 45 degrees (F). So, when it's below 45, there is not much benefit to having a feeder inside the hive.

If the hive is running out of honey in the middle of winter, then you can take the entrance feeder and place it in the hive. It fits nicely under the bars. Simply remove some of the combs that the bees are not on, to make room for the feeder, then set the metal box of the entrance feeder on the bottom of the hive with the feeder entrance facing the cluster. Place the quart jar of sugar water on top of the feeder. You will then place empty bars, without combs, over the jar. Close the hive back up and hope for some warm days in which the bees can break away from the cluster and collect the sugar water. My advice is to feed your bees a good amount of sugar water this fall and make sure that they store it in the combs, and remember that they need 5 to 6 combs of honey in the middle cluster. Check your bees in the middle of the winter, on a warm day, fifty degrees or above, and make sure the honey they stored is in the cluster, if not you can move it there.


June 4, 2014 12:25