Starting a New Bee Hive

what we're doing today is going to start

a brand new beehive this is a three

pound package of bees from California

and it's got about nine thousand bees in

there it's got one queen and we'll put

the Queen in first put the gun around

her so they do what they need to do and

in a couple months there'll be 60,000

bees inside the hive so this small

colony will grow to about 60,000 bees by

July or August the what you see on top

of the package is a can that's got sugar

water in it but that's what they eat

when they're being shipped from

California and the little tab has the

cage that the queen is going to be

sitting in and this is the base of the

hive this this is what it'll sit on and

gets it up off the ground make sure it

stays dry so it's actually two pieces to

this and the front part of this slope

gives a nice plane to land and walk into

the hive so I'm going to put all the

talent so you level these pallets yeah I

dug a hole they dug a hole and put the

pallets in and made them level that's

one that says

and this will be their the home for the

newbies this is their first five it's

going to go right on top and this is

what's inside of it so this is this is

the top cover it comes on these are the

frames that the bees will fill with

honeycomb and the honey and that's what

they eat in a weaver before I take off

is plastic you can also get a map made

out of beeswax but they're much more

fragile plastic is very durable and the

bees don't care so I just I just stay

with the places builder this will be

about a half side and on that side when

they've already built er get me wait to

put in these and a couple days I put

these back in the hive they're ready to

go so now we're getting ready to go into

the hive I'll put on my hood

seal it up put my gloves on Scott nice

soft leather gloves themselves so I can

really feel what I'm doing and work on

in that way this is the hive tool it's

one tool that used to do everything

probably the various frames apart you

can get in and do everything you need to

do with this one tool is called a hive

tool so what I'm going to do now is I'm

going to whack the hive or a package and

let the bees all fall to the bottom then

I'm going to pull the can out then I'll

pull the Queen container out picks that

up and put that in the hive

they don't like that the other thing

I'll do is spray a little sugar water on

them so it'll they'll be thinking about

eating instead of what's going on here

okay so here's the cage with the Queen

in it you can see seas inside there what

we're going to do is pull out the cork

and put a piece of candy over it these

will up through this candy lever out of

her cage in a couple day so I'm going to

put the Queen inside the hot

these are the high around her and the

ones that don't come out we'll just sit

through the high brow they'll come out

and they'll go right into the height you

can see there's a couple of these that

have landed on me but they're just

curious they're just trying to figure

out what's going on so now we put the

hive cover back on and we have a new

hive of bees this is where they come in

and out and when they're brand new

that's a lot of a lot area for them but

protects you can put on this entrance

reducer and put it right there

that means they only have to protect

that much instead of the whole thing

this makes it a little bit easier for

them in their brand new home this is the

sugar water that I'm going to let them

eat when you start a new hide you have

to give them some food since there's no

flowers out yet

okay so there's holes on the top of this

and when I turn it over a little bit of

the sugar water will leak out but

hopefully not very much and then they'll

find it and they'll come and start

eating there we go

the other thing to describe here in

Colorado we have a problem with bears so

I have an electric fence here that's

hooked to this charger that sends out a

zap of electricity and it keeps the

Bears away because they touch it with

their nose and they have soft feet that

are on the ground and they get zapped so

it keeps the Bears away and they come

out about this time of year this

actually puts out nine thousand volts

but it's a real short pulse width so it

doesn't doesn't hurt the bear doesn't

hurt children or pets or anything like

that so now that we're finished we can

turn it on safe from bears and it's

popping so we know it's working

what we're doing this morning like three

Queen this hive it's new hive and I

think the first queen didn't make him so

I got another queen put it in there

three days ago and I'm to get her

acclimated to the hive

I left the cork in her little container

shipping container I'm going to get in

there this morning pull the cork out let

her crawl out so the bees will be

acclimated to her because she's been

sitting in there for three days it'll be

a quick process here's the Queen cage

right here go do spread this apart a

little bit let's get at it actually

I'm going to take one out spread it out

even more what I don't want to do is

have have the Queen fly away we'll pull

out this frame right here while we're

sitting here before I do that those guys

have already made look at that eye on

there yep that's really good you're

looking good hello bees okay you're

gonna get a new queen now here we go

yeah she's in there okay we're just

hanging right back down in there she

could crawl out now she'll come out and

she'll be the mother to all the rest of

the bees in the hive she'll start laying