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Author Topic: Cool Video on skep beekeeping.  (Read 1403 times)
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« on: February 03, 2010, 07:16:38 PM »

It's a bit long(25min) and it's all in German but it's quite nice to watch anyways.(it's in the upper right corner of the webpage).

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2010, 10:14:24 PM »

That's pretty cool.  Some serious swarm action going on there at the beginning. 

I don't understand how it was supposed to work when he gathered the swarms and then just ladled them out into multiple skeps - seems like either they would fight or end up queenless.  Then it looked like he was sorting through and finding several queens in the same bucket-o-bees.  That can't be right can it?  Maybe it was a bunch of swarms poured in together.

Cutting out swarm cells and putting them in mating nucs I get.  Tearing open swarm cells and releasing the queen back into the hive I don't get.  I guess they aren't as delicate as I think.

The bee Keeper looks to have permanently swollen hands.  He must be getting stung a lot.  If it was a he.

I thought that skeps were a lot more hands off than this looks like.

Anyway, thanks for sharing.  Cool video.  Lots of beekeeping videos out there, but unfortunately only a few are very interesting.   

Hey, new sub-forum idea.  GOOD bee keeping videos.

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