Year of BeeKeeping Episode 42, Bee Math

by: Cody'sLab

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all right back here at my first top bar hive and saber canyon that's I had to wait for the day to get a little cooler to open it up because you don't want to open a top bar hive when it's hot it's best to do it in the evening so they got a chance to repair the combs after you've been through them it's good thing I'm wearing a bee suit right now and checked on in a while so they don't recognize me let's get this off here just make a spare frame

all right I want to see how much honey they're storing I also want to see how the queen is doing the last time I looked at them the had reasons for concerned there was a not a whole lot of brood all right oh I'll start this up again when I get into the honey all right the wind is decided to pick up as soon as I got the hive open but anyway this looks like the first frame it's got honey in it looks like about a third of the way full that's on frame number whatever

all right they got plenty of honey I've gone through at least six or seven frames that were just full of capped honey this is the first instance I've seen where there's actually brewed right here so that's more than they had last time so that's probably indication things are going well unfortunately I broke a little bit of comb there they're trying to put combs together so I'm going to get in there and fix that uh I guess you'll get to see that all right fortunately this is one of the frames I've got with the frame around it bars I've got the frame around it so I shouldn't have any trouble just pulling it out of there all right let's go brood looks actually that's actually very good nice yeah I don't think I have to worry about them they must have just slowed down a brood production because of a honey flow or something okay you set this up one thing I like about having the frame around is I can maneuver it and set it up like this very nice anyway they built a little bit of comb in here which they really shouldn't have see if I pull it out you see what I'm doing Hey yeah just a little bit of honey nice little snack for me I wonder why they tried to build in the middle of the frames like that Oh

oops dropped it I it looks like there was some wax on the bottom of the hive they tried to extend it upwards

the best thing to do here is just to push it down with my finger to mess up the honeycomb pattern so they don't try to extend it anymore then it'll wind up just being a lump of wax kind of on the bottom this also squeezes all the honey out so the bees can get to it and it makes it flatter so I can slide the frames around without hitting it alright I think I think that's all I'm gonna do today I've seen that they've got more brood I don't have to worry about them it's got a good Queen still then I just got to put these frames back in alright I put the frames back in and I think I mentioned earlier I think I mentioned earlier that I should've named numbered the bars he's you know I don't know what bars are what number but I'll show you what I've been doing to know which frame goes where see how the bees put these little bits of propolis all I gotta do is line up the break they broke when I took it apart now I know this frame went there so I keep them in the same order all right one thing I don't like about wearing a veil because I can't just stick things right in my mouth but got me a little snack for later it looks like these bees have got enough honey that basically anything more that they put in I can I'm going to be able to harvest might even be tempted to take a couple bars out anyway yeah yeah that's about it all I wanted to do here um I think I was saying earlier that it's best to check on top bar hives in the afternoon right when the sun's going down because you break comms and you sever the connections on the sides that makes it weaker and you want to be is to be able to have the night to be able to fix it because otherwise if you like did it in the morning then by the time it got hot the bees wouldn't have had time to fix the connections you could end up with a collapse of the combs this hives been pretty good I think it's the tin roof the hive over in Salt Lake City the combs collapsed anyway and I think it's just because of the the brown color

winds picking up you have to quit for the night might now might look at some of my other hives I'm not sure if I'm going to film anything all right so just come from that hive and thinking that would be a short episode so I'm gonna talk about something while I'm walking back you can see here these flowers are gum weed makes them very good honey and this this type of flower usually grows where the grounds been disturbed like see here right next to the road it's a good midsummer honey producing flower there's usually enough of it that I can collect some honey from it the I'd like to enter it into the fair sometime if they if I can figure out when the entry dates are anyway a few years ago you know I'd see large fields of gum weed or sunflowers sometimes we have lots of sunflowers you see there's there's a few here you know some years we got a whole bunch and but most years we got very cybela win they'll try to talk over it anyway the I'd go walk through a field of flowers and I would see no bees were very few bees you know initially I thought that they're being lazier they didn't want to go to the flowers but they were still bringing in pollen they were still bringing in honey so it wasn't that big of a deal and then I decided to sit down and do the math and figure out why I would see so few bees on the flower the reason is because the the area the bees go to honey bees will fly up about two miles from the hive and they do that quite regularly so you've got a circle with a radius of two miles I see I got the hive sitting over there you got a radius of two miles from the hive the bees go that covers basically everything you can see here plus some on the other sides of the hills you can't see now at any given time you might have less than 10,000 bees out foraging now there is a bee buzzing me right here but he's attracted to the honey that's on my hands well I should say she in any way 10,000 bees spread over a circle with a radius of two two miles let's figure out how much that is with PI R squared the area that circle is going to be the C pi/3 that'd be 6.0 4 so that's about 12 square miles for one hive that the bees go to twelve square miles now about 640 acres per mile per square mile that is just round that to 600 it's about 720 7,200 so that's about 8,000 acres that a hive of bees will cover now you got 10,000 bees covering 8,000 square acres you walk through a field of flowers the chances of you seeing a bee are actually quite small now if you got more hives in the area then of course for every extra hive you're going to have another another couple of bees per acre and so in areas with lots of bees you're going to see lots of lots of bees also in areas where the bees are concentrated like a tree that's got a bunch of flowers on it spring what car that came off anyway what was I talking about oh yeah well out here I know how many hives I've got I can kind of calculate that I would only see given that an even spread of flowers maybe 5 or 10 bees per acre

anyway I hope that was interesting I'm

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