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Mason bees or Blue Orchard bees are working the nest tubes. The female will bring in pollen and nectar to lay eggs on and then mud to make an individual cell for each egg.

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Honeybees start bringing in pollen from multiple sources very early in the season. This video is from the last day of winter. The bees get pollen from maples, snowdrops, crocuses, coltsfoot, hazelnuts and who knows where else.

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This honeybee is working on a very early plant called coltsfoot. It is late winter here in Ohio and the honeybee has found as source of pollen and nectar.

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This is a honeybee drinking water out of the mud. It is winter but a nice warm day and while there is no forage available to the bees they are cleaning house. This bee made several trips back for water.

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Aidan visits Dave's Bees Apiary and becomes a Junior Beekeper.

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The final video in a series of six on how to build a Kenya top bar hive. This video covers the construction of the lid. By the end of this video one should be able to easily build a Kenya top bar hive.

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This video shows how to finish the body of the hive. We drill the entrance holes, add the screen to the bottom, trim follower boards, and attach the legs. At this point bees can go in the hive with any waterproof cover over the top bars. In Part 6 we will make a fitted cover.

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This video is a continuation of Part 3 and is a just about 8 minutes long. We drill the legs and use one as a pattern for the other three. That pattern is also used to drill the ends of the hive. Lastly we attach the ends of the hive.

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Do you know where your bees are….I do. Mine are on coltsfoot and snowdrops as of March 16 2010. Then I bought 5 Heathers and brought them home and by noon the next day; also March 16 2010 the bees found it! See for yourself. Dave’s Bees Working on Mediterranean Pink Heather – Erica x darleyensis

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This is the first in a series of videos on how to build the Kenya top bar hive. In this video we will make a couple of different top bars.

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In this video we measure and drill the hive ends and cut the legs for the hive. The video ends a little abruptly but will pick up again in Part 4

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The second in a series of videos on building a Kenya top bar hive. Based on free plans available for download at biobees. This video will show you how to build the follower boards. The follower boards are used as a jig for building the hive.

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The first in a series of videos on building a Kenya top bar hive. Based on free plans available for download at biobees. This first video will show you how to build the top bars.

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Honeybees are coming and going with the sun just right for them to show up well.

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Yes you can build a simple mason bee block at home. I used a 2" by 6", but the wood scraps you use can be just about anything that is 4" to 6" thick.

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Watch the hole on the left, that is where the action is. The big fat bees are the drones and their services are no longer needed this season so the girls throw them out. The drones just lie around the hive and eat; contributing nothing to the hive as it builds up for winter. In the spring the queen starts laying drone eggs again when the colony can afford to feed them. Oh by the way they can't feed themselves either and depend on the girls for that as well.

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I use scraps from making the top bars as spacers between the topbars and a piece of plywood that is under the hive cover.

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Honeybees foraging on Ohio goldenrod. You can see the bees working frantically on this late summer flower. Watch for bees with tattered wings, many folks don’t know the bees actually work themselves to death. Once their wings are too damaged to fly and carry supplies back to the hive they are done. I apologize for the annoying intermittent noise (my cheap tripod) but I enjoyed the ambient sounds.

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This is two quick videos of a couple of my queens and one lays an egg for us.

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The is a colony of honey bees that I found by bee lining. I sat in the flowers they were working on and got the line they were leaving on. I was standing under the tree looking further on when I heard them overhead.

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These are frames I build for my KTBHs and I call them Rescue Bars. Originally designed for cut outs they work well for feeders as well. The Wire seen in the video could be removed since the bees have attached the comb all the way around.

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