Bobby_Thanepohn, I have kinda the same thing going on and I fail to see the problem. Isn’t one of most beekeepers goals to help the honeybee to make a comeback? Let it swarm naturally or give it to someone you know that would like to get into beekeeping, you’ll have a friend forever.
If you choose to let it swarm naturally into the environment make sure to get the word out that it is not the honeybee that goes around haphazardly stinging people. I think your videos are proof of this. The honeybee Knows that one sting pulls their guts out with their barbed stinger. Unlike the yellow jacket that can sting multiple times and seems to take joy in it or some wasps maybe all, if I could speak clearly I’d ask Seri but me and her are not on very good terms.
The honeybee sting can actually help arthritis, I used to have to take medication prior to getting into beekeeping now I take nothing.
This is a hive that I would like the Flow people to come out with and it would only entail them to shorten the flow up to fit a medium box: I’ve got ideas for a Eco Hive beekeeper box.
5 medium frames 2 flow frames all in one medium eight frame box with built in slanted landing board and 2.5 degree harvesting slant.
Constructed of western red cedar front and sides have windows with rear made to accommodate Flows on sides with Plexiglas sheet in middle of back to accommodate Frames. It would also be nice to have the front entrance covered with moving/robbing screen.
Also includes 4 1x4x24" slats to make base for lime.
For bee health use no treatments and feed no sugar.
I don’t know how bees decide but once hive gets full, nurse bees make a few queen cups, chooses one egg to put in each of them and fills with royal jelly. Soon new queens are born, nurse bees choose whichever best qualify’s and disposes of rest… Or maybe the new queens fight it out and winner gets a breeding flight(?) however this works,… they won’t share all their secrets yet. Just before new queens are hatched and the existing queen is insured of replacement she will take half of the bees to start another hive and that one becomes two becomes four becomes eight and so forth.
Anyway this would have to be good for bringing back the bees. Adding boxes and destroying these queen cups as you are taught is only human greed.
With younger more healthier queens there won’t be as much disease and therefore no need for treatments.
In my view these treatments, germicides, insecticides, pesticide, fungicides, round up and all these other cides that the bees have adapted to have mixed with their toxins and made people more allergic to their stings.
You say wait a minute Things like Round-Up have been proven safe for bees. Let me douse these testers (scientists) and their food in this and you can’t shower it off or wash your food, you let it get in your sheets and your food. We’ll see how you feel in a couple months.
(Sorry, got carried away)
(Back to box)
It would be great to have an Eco hive kit that would include a plain medium 5 frame Nuc to catch your swarms in and someone can just exchange 5 new frames for your next swarm.
Bigger more permanent hives are great once a person gets more experience and is more settled.