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#1

Hi there I need to report a number of peoples different experiences with bee keeping, very simple, and straight forward

only myself and assessor will see the information
if you are a bee keeper at a workplace, if possible ,please leave a name of work, or profession, Thank you so much

what method do you use? Flow hive or other>?
how often do you find the hive has disease ?
how many bees die per harvest ?
what quantity of honey is produced ?
have you considered another method ? which one?


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#3

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. :slight_smile: 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.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesharvest.htm


#4

Hi there, im so sorry about the vagueness

so the first question was, what method do you use ? as in what method of bee keeping do you use?
the second question , how often does the hive has disease, well depending on your method of bee keeping this may indicate why/why not the hive has disease
third, what quantity of honey is produced?
fourth, what other method have you considered, why one? is there an alternative method you have considerd using

im sorry the questions are so short, I only need a few things to discuss on my assignment
thanks if you could still help me


#5

We are backyard beeks. Currently we have only 3 hives, all Langs. Other years we have had up to 7 hives. We rarely have disease. I don’t know how may die per harvest. Some hives make it thru the winter and are strong. Some come thru weakly. Occasionally one fails. This summer we have not harvested. Family medical issues. Most years when we do harvest we get maybe 3 to 4 gallons a hive. We will be staying with Langs, but are trying the FlowHive next year.


#6

Thank you sara !!

That was a great help


#7

Thank you !! I can use this information, I can really appreciate it


#8

Thanks so much, great information,


#9

@stephanierouillon did you want commercial backyard or any beeks?


#10

Hi, I use the other method (extractor) Very seldom do I find disease, but it does happen & gets nipped in the bud as quickly as possible. Very few bees die during harvest. Each hive produces 80-100 kilograms average per annum. I have not considered any other method.


#11

Thank you all so much, just one more question

can you please state any potential hazards around bee keeping?

potential hazard: (what is a potential accident waiting to happen?)

Risk of accident occurring: ( HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW)?

Risk management strategy: (what do you do to stop the hazard occurring)


#12

Back injury from moving heavy hives. Medium. Get help to move hives.

Bee stings. High. Move slowly when working with bees. Aim for cooler times of the day when they are less active. Protective gear when needed.

Possible allergic reactions. Low. Epi pen stored in close proximity to hives.

Splinters. Low. Wear gloves, keep tweezers on hand.

Weight gain. HIGH. Don’t eat the honey ; -)


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#14

Now if only I could take my own advice!


#15

I’d have to say the # 1 injury in beekeeping is back injury. There are two kinds of beekeepers. Beekeepers with bad backs and beekeepers who will have bad backs…

I run all eight frame mediums which, full of honey, weigh half of what a ten frame deep full of honey weighs.


#16

Come on @JeffH. You know you are considering the flow frame… lol


#17

Hi Adam, I absolutely am, I’m just waiting to see how yours, Dexters & Valies goes. Remember all the stuff I told you I do during spring? Well, I’m well & truly into it. If anyone was going to make a flow frame work, it’d be me, right now. All the gum trees are heavily in blossom, & they normally stay that way for a couple of months. Not to mention all the clover etc.


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#19

Lets just see how yours goes.


#20

Hi there

does anyone have any comments about this ?

I need some pros and cons for this for a permaculture assignment. thank you in advance