The most important part of any hive is the Queen bee, without her the bees are unable to reproduce and survive. In our newest video, we take another trip to the bee yard to see how easy it can be to find an unmarked queen.
A normal ten frame bee hive is arranged like the graph above. Your queen and her young brood stay in the center. This allows the worker bees easy access to work along the outside frames and protects the queen from outside predators. The outer two frames on both sides of the box is where the honey is stored. As you move further in towards the center you will find pollen frames. Here they store pollen till they either clean it out to provide more space for brood, or to make honey.
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On our recent trip to the bee yard we decided to take you along to see how we check our queen cells after we graft them. Normally queen cells are grafted on the fourth day after the eggs are laid, on this day it has hatched into larvae and we are able to transport them into queen cells cups.
In a future post and video we will show you step by step how we graft them, and what specifics to look for when choosing a frame of larvae to graft.
Interesting Facts About the Honeybee
All of the queens fertilized eggs become females, and her unfertilized eggs become males known as drones. Queens release a scent called a pheromone, this smell is known as the queen's scent, and allows her to control her workers. Once a virgin queen emerges from her cell she will find other virgins in the hive and fight to the death. The new queen will then travel to another area of the hive where the drones are located.
Worker bees have the life span of only six weeks. Worker bees are essential to the colony because they will forage for food, store honey, and feed the larvae. Worker bees are smaller than the queen bee and the drones. They protect the hive from predators such as hive beetles, and carpenter ants.
A very nice woman was concerned about honeybees in her horse barn. She had a beautiful piece of property west Vero beach. As she was looking for the phone number of a local beekeeper on her phone she just happened to drive by the owner of No Kill Bee Co. who was parked on the side of the road. She noticed the ad on the window, scheduled an appointment and her bee problem was resolved! Her happy horses were also thankful to have their barn bee free!
A couple of weeks ago the CEO of No Kill Bee Company had a phone call from a friend about a truck for sale. Nicholas had been searching for a company truck for months and had an idea of the specifics and price. The vehicle for sale was by a private party Mr. Endris of Vero Beach. Mr. Endris had the vehicle for sale in his front yard for quite some time. The truck was exactly what was needed for No Kill Bee Company! When Mr. Endris heard the future of the vehicle he decided he was going to donate the truck to the cause of saving the honeybees! All the paper was signed over that day and now Mr. Endris will forever be part of the No Kill Bee Company legacy! A million thanks go to Mr. Endris for his generosity and compassion for the cause!!! To top it all off there was a large oak tree next to where the truck was parked. Inside of the oak tree was a wild honeybee colony hard at work. It was meant to bee...Save the Honeybees!!!
No Kill Bee Company was started for the purpose of saving bees and making honey. We serve the Tri county area and beyond! It all began many years ago when a little girl caught a honeybee and brought it home to show her grandfather...