Note: This is NOT the Mini Bee Boot Camp you are viewing... this is Beepods Video Library. A yearly Beepods online membership is required to view many of these Member-only educational video series and to access other items that we release on a monthly basis. When you subscribe to the yearly Beepods membership, you will gain access to our entire historical database of videos and other new material we create for our members immediately as they come out every month.
If you purchased, the Mini Bee Boot Camp, you can access it here.
01 ~ Beepod Setup
Orientation & Bee Installation
Laura explains how to use the Beepods equipment and tools. If you are in the process of choosing a location and assembling your Beepod, before installing bees into your Beepod, watch this video.
Harvest Box Lid Assembly
Watch as Brad shows how to assemble the Harvest Box lid. It can be challenging, but a quick once over of this video shows what to look for and the easiest way possible to assemble the pieces, correctly.
Beepod Lid Assembly
Watch as Brad shows how to assemble the Beepod Lid. It can be challenging, but is easy if you watch this video first.
Honey Bee Flight Path
Ever thought of your bees as airplanes? If not, this video will change your mindset by showing the importance of a bee runway.
Ground Surface Selection
Charlie walks viewers through the importance of setting a Beepod beekeeping system in the correct area.
Charlie explains what can happen if the bees do not like the environment that the Beepod is placed.
This video explains the basic set up necessary prior to installing the bees. It’s a great overview of the specific features like ventilation, Bee TV, entrances, feeder, & the locking mechanism.
02 ~ Getting Started
Installing a Package of Bees
In this video, we walk through the process of installing bees from a package into the Beepods top bar hive.
Nucleus Colony Transfer
In this video, Scott and Joe transfer comb and bees from a top bar nucleus colony (in a Beepods Harvest Box) into a full size Beepods top bar hive.
Using the Inspection Stand
In this video, Scott explains the basics of setting up and using the Beepods Hive Inspection Stand to inspect comb bar by bar.
Hive Inspection Basics
In this video, Scott Offord walks through the very basics of inspecting your Beepods top-bar hive.
Analyzing Comb Contents
This video is about how to analyze the contents of the comb in a detailed bar-by-bar top bar hive inspection.
03 ~ Maintenance & Troubleshooting
Laura shows Scott how to straighten the honey comb in the Beepods top-bar hive during an inspection.
Cleaning Up Fallen Comb
At this inspection, there was a lot of cleanup to be done due to fallen comb somewhere between bars 7-13. We were also able to remove the tape that had previously held the comb to the bar.
Capturing a Swarm
Scott Offord uses a painter’s pole and bucket and a Harvest Box to capture a swarm and then transport the bees to their new home.
04 ~ Winter Preparation & Recovery
Fall Hive Inspection
Charlie inspects Beepod and gives some tips for helping bees prepare for winter. Hive inspections change depending on the demands of the season. Watch Charlie perform a fall hive inspection.
What Bees Do In Winter
Are you curious about what your honeybees do all winter? Charlie explains what occupies the hive's time during the long winter months.
Winterizing Your Hive (DIY)
Everything you need to know to prepare your hive for the long winter months using materials you can find locally and at hardware stores.
05 ~ General Education
Laura Maigatter takes you through the simple process of harvesting honey from your combs by placing it in a bag and crushing the comb. No special equipment required.
In the warmer weather, propolis can be harvested and used in making various products.
Beekeeping Through the Years
Charlie walks through a variety of hive types explaining the history and the pros and cons of each.
When bringing 50,000 head of cattle into your neighborhood, you need to make responsible choices.