Want to know the basics of how to raise honeybees? what kind of beekeeping equipment you need to buy? what kind of beekeeping veil to buy? where is the best place to put beehives? Listen to GardenFork Radio for a Beekeeping 101 , the basics of raising honeybees.
The idea for this honeybee beekeeping show started when my friend & GF viewer Matt wanted to ask me some questions about starting beekeeping. I suggested we make it into a GardenFork Radio show, as I imagine there are a bunch of people out there with questions about the basic setup needed to start raising bees. We answer questions about the following
Getting Started in Beekeeping
Pre-assembled hive boxes - supers or ones you assemble?
Beekeeper suit - veil features? hats and hood-types
How many boxes do I need for a hive?
Plastic frames or beeswax frames for brood and honey?
how many hive boxes do i need?
Placement of beehives
Better types of equipment or things you've learned?
Pests and problems
Beehive Problems with ants? Mice? Moths?
How often should you do the powdered sugar treatment for varroa mites?
Opening the hive
- How often?
- Better time of day?
Beekeeping gloves Blue Nitrile gloves you wear - sting-proof?
How many supers - hive bodies do I need to leave for the bees in winter
How to you remove honey from the honeycomb frames?
What color do I paint my beehives supers boxes?
We are going to do a follow up to this first Beekeeping 101 radio show next week. If you have some beekeeping questions, please let us know below or call our GardenFork Radio Voicemail line 860-740-6938 !
I'm not sure if this is a basic question. How can I tell if my queen is gone? My brood pattern isn't wonderfully tight. But there is some capped brood. Still, I've inspected several times now and I can't find her (she was unmarked). Can I install a new queen if I cannot find the old queen? And actually she isn't that old - new package this year.
Have you heard of the bees being honey locked?
My bees have bee pretty active through winter, and at first end of winter/sp[ring inspection both full deeps are choc a block with honey? Weird.