Video Gallery

We've arranged our video gallery by seasons because we think that's the most logical way to do it! But note that our most recent Meet the Beekeeper sessions get their own section because they're so popular.

Pretty well all of the YouTube videos we've produced can be viewed here.

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We always get asked by new beekeepers, "Why do I need to split my hive?" Here Barry talks about why you need to do a split and few other options for those who don't want to make a split. Many new beekeepers in Alberta can be surprised to learn that they will likely need to split their hive in the spring. A very unique bee populations expansion occurs in the spring and summer. You need to adopt a management strategy so that you don't lose your bees to as swarm (and miss out on your honey crop!).

Spring

Spring Beekeeping - Hive Check

Our group heads outside to check our hives. There are three different configurations of hives that were overwintered differently. See what they should look like inside at the beginning of spring, what are positive signs, what dysentery looks like and more!

Spring Beekeeping - Signs of a laying Queen

In early spring, it can be hard to find your queen bee on a frame in April. There are other ways to know if you have a laying queen when you don't have the time to spend the afternoon looking for her. Check frames for brood patterns and pollen.

Spring Beekeeping - How and when to treat for Varrroa Mites

As a beekeeper you will eventually have to treat your hives for Varroa Mites. Here we talk about how to use a Varroa Mite Counter Jar. We also answer questions and discuss when you should treat based on the time of year and mite count.

Spring Beekeeping - Prep for Main flow, Adding Supers and Wax foundations

Our group discusses the late start to the main flow and what to expect. Advice on when to add supers, what kinds of foundation you can use, extracting honey with an auto-extract hive and deep boxes. We also cover the storage and clean up equipment as well

Spring Beekeeping - Varroa Mite Counter Jar Test

Learn how to do a Varroa Mite Counter Jar test. Here Barry walks you through the steps on how to collect a sample of 100 bees and use windshield washer fluid to separate mites. You will be able to see any mites in the bottom of jar and do a count. Depending on the time of year, there are different treatment methods.

Spring Beekeeping - How To Install A Nuc

Are you picking up a nuc soon? Here we show you how to install your nuc when you bring it home. It's important to already have a good hive location selected and to have your hive box, stand and cover ready.

Spring Beekeeping - June weather and preparing for the main flow

Barry answers lots of questions about managing hives in June. He also covers why bees swarm, dealing with pests like wasps and ants and more! June is a month with variable weather that can really affect a hive's production. Our goal is to leave the bees doing their job and have the queen laying as much as possible before the main flow so that you have a good honey crop.

Spring Beekeeping - Preparing for the Main Flow Hive Check

Here we check our hives at the end of May after we made a split to one and are checking to see if we need to split the other. See what hives look like before they expand as the queen lays 750 to 1,500 eggs per day!

Spring Beekeeping - Why do I need to split my hive?

We always get asked by new beekeepers, "Why do I need to split my hive?" Here Barry talks about why you need to do a split and few other options for those who don't want to make a split. Many new beekeepers in Alberta can be surprised to learn that they will likely need to split their hive in the spring. A very unique bee populations expansion occurs in the spring and summer. You need to adopt a management strategy so that you don't lose your bees to as swarm (and miss out on your honey crop!).

Spring Beekeeping - How to Mark a Queen with a Queen Clip and Marking Tube

Here we will show you how to use a queen clip and tube to mark your queen. It can be a little tricky, but with practice it gets easier. You just have to do it slowly.

Spring Beekeeping - Package Bees and Hive Split

Here we talk about package bees and why 50% of package bees fail. Learn some tips on how to make them succeed. In this segment, we also answer questions about when to split your hive and why you need to do it-especially in Alberta.

Spring Beekeeping - Main Flow and Adding a Super

The main flow is on, and here we show you how to add a super honey box and an Auto-Extract Super. We also discuss how to manage for the main flow. Canola honey is on it's way!

Spring Beekeeping Part 4, Beekeeping Tales

There is a lot of discussion and questions during our Meet the Beekeeper evenings, and here is a few beekeeping stories from some of our participants. Hear about losing bees to swarms, wasps and overwintering.

Spring Beekeeping - Alberta and Brood Boxes

Listen as we highlight Alberta's very unique experience with honey bees. After the dandelion flow, we see the biggest population increase unlike anywhere else in the world (aside from Argentina). Learn why we recommend double brood box for our climate and summer time honey bee population.

Spring Beekeeping - Early Spring Hive Check

At this session we look at our overwintered hives and see how they are developing in early spring. One hive is not doing well, and we may have to add bees to see if we can save it. The other hive is thriving for mid-April. We even get to take a look at a queen in one of the hives. Check it out!

Spring Beekeeping - Beekeeping Cycle and Foraging

Learn as our beekeeping expert covers current beekeeping topics at each session. Part 1: Where are should your bees be? The Beekeeping Cycle, and Foraging: Willow and Pollen

Spring/Summer/Fall - How To Use A Smoker

Learn how to light a smoker with kindling, paper, pellets and grass. A must know how for any beekeeper.

Spring Beekeeping - Colour of bees, spring dwindling and feeders

If you are new to beekeeping or want to learn more, check out our Meet the Beekeeper topics. Hiveworld experts will cover current topics at each event. Part 2: Colour of spring bees and what it means in your hive, spring dwindling, and feeders.

2020 Starter Kit Instructions

If you ordered one of our Hiveworld starter kits, here are a few tips on putting it together.

Spring Beekeeping - Pests and Your Honey Bees

Got problems with pests and your honey bees? Learn about different pests that can affect your honey bee hive like wax moths and mice.

Hiveworld's 2020 Bees

Ordering bees for 2020? Here is an overview of our 2020 live bee products. Learn more about our package bees, 5-frame nucs, and 10-frame hive options! All of our bees are Alberta government inspected. Visit https://hiveworld.ca. To see nuc info jump to 3:33. To see 10-frame hive info jump to 6:43.

Summer

Summer Beekeeping - Flow Hive, comb honey and more

Time to harvest honey! Many new beekeepers as us when they should harvest honey, so at our Meet the Beekeeper Field Night, we walked them through a few hives. Here we show how to extract honey from an auto flow hive and what comb honey looks like

Summer Beekeeping - When should you harvest honey and how much?

The most common question this time of year is "when should I harvest honey?". In this discussion we go over what you need to look for in your hive. Every flow varies from area to area. You need to look for a few signs that you can take your honey. It's also important to know how much you can take! Time to harvest honey! Many new beekeepers as us when they should harvest honey, so at our Meet the Beekeeper Field Night, we walked them through a few hives. Here we show how to extract honey from an auto flow hive and what comb honey looks like

Summer Beekeeping - Wasps Trying To Rob Honey Bee Hive

Honey bees defending their hive from robbers (wasps) trying to take honey. We heard from many, it was a bad summer for wasps robbing hives this summer in Alberta. We caught our honey bees defending their turf while doing our honey extraction video in August.

Summer Beekeeping - Auto Extract Hive, Complete Comb Honey Frame and Robbing Wasps

See how to take honey from an auto extract hive and what a frame of complete comb honey looks like. We will also show you wasps robbing the hive and how to reduce an entrance. In late August, it's good to install a mouse guard, and we will show you that too.

Summer Beekeeping - When is it time to take honey from your hive?

See what our hives look like at the end of the main flow in Alberta, and what honeycomb looks like at different phases. We will show you honeycomb that is ready to harvest. As well, see honey bee activity in the hive at the end of July

Spring/Summer/Fall - How To Use A Smoker

Learn how to light a smoker with kindling, paper, pellets and grass. A must know how for any beekeeper.

Hiveworld's 2020 Bees

Ordering bees for 2020? Here is an overview of our 2020 live bee products. Learn more about our package bees, 5-frame nucs, and 10-frame hive options! All of our bees are Alberta government inspected. Visit https://hiveworld.ca. To see nuc info jump to 3:33. To see 10-frame hive info jump to 6:43.

Autumn

Fall Beekeeping - Hive Wrapping, Varroa Mites and Overwintering

Here we met for our last Meet the Beekeeper Field Day, and it was cold! We talked about wrapping hives with tar paper and styrofoam, varroa mites and treatment, and overwintering a weak hive on top of a strong hive.

Fall Beekeeping - How To Wrap Your Hive

Not sure how to wrap your hive? Here is a step by step video on how to use black tar paper and pink insulation to wrap your hive for winter. Our hive was wrapped on November 1, 2018, in Alberta, just before the temperatures are about to drop for winter.Here we met for our last Meet the Beekeeper Field Day, and it was cold! We talked about wrapping hives with tar paper and styrofoam, varroa mites and treatment, and overwintering a weak hive on top of a strong hive.

Fall Hive Prep Part 1: How to weigh your hive with a manual and electronic scale monitor

We will show you two ways to weigh your hive to make sure you have the right honey stores for overwintering. We will also show you the cluster inside one of our hives, discuss when is the right time to wrap hives and how the significant swing in Alberta weather this fall has made it challenging for feeding hives.

Fall Hive Prep Part 2: Overwintering healthy hives and hive amalgamation

In part 2 we inspect hive 2 and 3 to discover one hive is not able to overwinter. What do you do if your hive is queenless in late fall or if one of your hives isn't heavy enough with honey stores? Watch to learn more about what to do.

Spring/Summer/Fall - How To Use A Smoker

Learn how to light a smoker with kindling, paper, pellets and grass. A must know how for any beekeeper.

Hiveworld's 2020 Bees

Ordering bees for 2020? Here is an overview of our 2020 live bee products. Learn more about our package bees, 5-frame nucs, and 10-frame hive options! All of our bees are Alberta government inspected. Visit https://hiveworld.ca. To see nuc info jump to 3:33. To see 10-frame hive info jump to 6:43.

Winter

2019 Beekeeping Season Recap

Here is a look back at our 2019 beekeeping season. A mix of the highs and lows. The cold, wet weather, pests and more. No two beekeeping seasons are alike, and we learn a bit more every time. We are looking forward to the 2020 season and seeing how our bees overwintered! Thank for subscribing, and all the best to you in 2020!

Hiveworld's 2020 Bees

Ordering bees for 2020? Here is an overview of our 2020 live bee products. Learn more about our package bees, 5-frame nucs, and 10-frame hive options! All of our bees are Alberta government inspected. Visit https://hiveworld.ca. To see nuc info jump to 3:33. To see 10-frame hive info jump to 6:43.

Meet the Beekeeper 2020

Meet the Beekeeper - April 4, 2020

If you ordered one of our Hiveworld starter kits, here are a few tips on putting it together.

Meet the Beekeeper - April 13, 2020

Opening an Overwintered Hive.Topics: Hive Loss and Causes and Healthy Overwintered Hive.

Meet the Beekeeper - April 20, 2020

Spring Feeding and Stimulation. Topics: Dead Hive Small Cluster and Top Feeder Spring Feeding, 

Meet the Beekeeper - April 27, 2020

Topics: Spring Feeding and Stimulation. We will be live from our bee yard at 8 PM. Join us to learn more about beekeeping this season.  

Meet the Beekeeper - May 11, 2020

Topics: Testing Mite Levels and Treatment Options. 

Meet the Beekeeper - May 25, 2020

Topics: Making A New Colony From A Nuc and Splitting Hives To Make Two Hives. 

Meet the Beekeeper - June 1, 2020

Topic: Nucs -Managing Stimulation and Growth. What your overwintered hive should look like during the dandelion flow and how to create a colony with your nuc.

Meet the Beekeeper - June 8, 2020

Topic: Growing Your Hive- 4 Weeks to "the flow". We will look at mite testing and using formic pro as well as checking brood levels in a 2 box hive.

Meet the Beekeeper - June 15, 2020

Topic: Growing Your Hive - 2 weeks to "the flow". 

Meet the Beekeeper - June 22, 2020

Topic: Growing Your Hive- 1 week to "the flow". Why should you super for the honey flow? We also talk about comb honey, auto flow hives, and regular extracted honey.

Meet the Beekeeper - July 6, 2020

Topic: The Main Honey Flow - How should your hive look?

Meet the Beekeeper - July 13, 2020

Topic: Adding More Boxes for More Honey