Welcome to Frequently Asked Questions about backyard honey bee keeping! In this video, we discuss some common concerns as winter arrives at the door.
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1) If you are feeding bees going into winter, can you just feed them dry sugar?
2) When should mouse guards go on the hives so that drones are not trapped.
3) What is the best way to clean wax and propolis off of hive parts and tools?
4) They say that varroa numbers are higher in the fall, why is that?
5) Why do we have to remove honey supers for Oxalic Acid treatments, while other parts of the world don't?
6) Do you personally use sugar rolls, or alcohol wash in order to count the mites on your bees?
7) Are those owl ultrasonic animal repeller units working to keep the skunks away from your hives? What's the update?
8) If the colony of bees swarms and the queen has clipped wings, how do they get a new queen and what happens to the old one?
Links below as promised:
Video showing how I tie down my hives for heavy weather: https://youtu.be/S2htqvZA57s
Hive stand design that handles flooding and high winds: https://youtu.be/2uGhI7oF8kA
Rapid round hive top feeder for dry or liquid feeding: https://amzn.to/2N8AFnk
Hardware cloth, make your own mouse guards: https://amzn.to/2JGMrTE
Heat gun, clean your tools, melt and scrape wax or propolis: https://amzn.to/2py97yO
Ultrasonic Solar Powered pest scarer (some skunks just don't care) https://amzn.to/2NvRF62
Thank you for watching and I hope your bees are ready for winter!
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