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Basic Skills Videos

Assembling a Frame from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

If you are just starting out, and have only a few hives, this is probably how you will build your frames. Unfortunately, the shot is cut off, and you can't see the final nail. We will try to do a closeup shot to detail this soon.

10 Frame Assembly from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

This is the way to go. A simple box jig (build 10 frames, then build a box around them) allows you to assemble 10 frames at a time. A compressor and nailer/stapler are almost a must if you are doing large volumes.

Just imagine the background music from "Benny Hill" while this all goes on in fast motion.

Installing a Package from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

Ramona has already pried off the wooden cover as the video begins.

TAKE CAREFUL NOTE THAT AS SHE PULLS UP THE SYRUP CAN WITH ONE HAND, SHE IS HOLDING ONTO THE QUEEN CAGE TAB WITH THE OTHER. THE CAGE IS NOT ATTACHED, AND IF YOU DON'T HOLD ONTO THE TAB, IT WILL FALL AND YOU WILL HAVE TO REACH IN AND GET IT OUT.

Mike Palmer Quennlessness Test from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

Mike shows how a queenless nuc will act around a caged, mated queen.

Releasing Attendants...The Michael Palmer Way from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

When introducing a mated queen to a colony, it is generally considered best to release the attendants. I can't say I'd recommend this if you are not yet comfortable with bees (you may have to grab the queen off the window and put her back in the cage).
I'll admit to knowing better and doing this outside...and chasing the queen all over the yard...probably more amusing to the neighbors than watching us chase the chickens!
Thanks Michael

Install Queen Cage from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

Please note that if you do not have drawn comb (warm and soft from being occupied by bees), you will have to do things differently. This is a perfect way to introduce a queen to a nuc made up (or made queenless) the day before.

Please note that if you do not have drawn comb (warm and soft from being occupied by bees), you will have to do things differently. This is a perfect way to introduce a queen to a nuc made up (or made queenless) the day before.

...long enough to make you my very best friend! from Dean Stiglitz on Vimeo.

How long is the tongue of a honeybee? This bee in an observation hive is reaching for something sweet between the wood and glass. (The title comes from Gene Simmon's response to Oprah when she asked how long his tongue is).