if you are a bee keeper at a workplace, if possible ,please leave a name of work, or profession
I assume you mean that I only keep bees part time and have a regular job? Yes, I have a regular job. I program computers.
what method do you use? Flow hive or other
I assume this question relates to how to get the honey out of the combs. But it might refer to getting the bees out of the boxes… As far as taking the honey, I’ve used them all. Crush and strain. Comb honey. Extracting. And now I have a flow hive. I’ve tried quite a few that didn’t work (like cutting the caps and laying it sideways and waiting for it to drain).
how often do you find the hive has disease ?
Seldom. I’ve seen some chalkbrood now and again when the spring gets warm and then suddenly cold again. Other than that I don’t find diseases. My experience with other diseases has only been in other people’s hives.
how many bees die per harvest ?
As few as possible. Usually it’s not so much to do with harvest as just moving boxes around and setting them down. There are always the dense ones no matter how gently you set the box down. I would say “some but very few”. If I was using a blower I would expect higher losses, but it’s hard to say how much higher. The problem with harvest is not so much killing bees as disrupting everything. You have to get virtually all the bees out of the super before you take it to the kitchen or the other people in the house get excited… So you either brush them off, blow them off, drive them off, or trap them off. Several of those leave a lot of bees in the air.
what quantity of honey is produced ?
Some years 200 pounds per hive. Some years I feed them all 60 pounds of sugar per hive and harvest nothing.
have you considered another method ? which one?
I have considered and have used all methods of taking the honey. I have used all but two methods of getting bees out of the supers. The two I have NOT used are blowing them and fume boards.