Category Archives: How To Videos

Short videos from the bee yard demonstrating some of the things beekeepers may need to do.

In the Beeyard: Second Inspection

In this video, Davie Simpson and helpers Terry and Chad are going through the 35 hives installed on April 2nd. It’s been 4 weeks since installation so this is the second round of inspections. They are counting the number of drawn frames in the boxes and looking for evidence of the queen by looking for eggs. They sometimes find the queen as well. They will be adding new boxes if they need them and adding queen excluder between boxes.

Cutouts 101

In this video, Davie Simpson and Eugene Brown demonstrate removing bees from a structure and getting them into a standard Langstroth hive.

First Hive Inspection

In this video, Davie Simpson takes you through a hive inspection and things you may encounter. Also, he’ll be marking some queens for the year ending in 0 which is the color blue.

Oxalic Acid Treatment

In this video, Davie Simpson demonstrates using the ProVap 110 For Oxalic Acid Mite Treatment. Davie also demonstrates good safety practices using an oxalic acid vaporization method.

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Configuring Your Hive

In this video, Davie Simpson walks you through the parts of a standard hive with some dos and don’ts in beekeeping.

Releasing Queens

A few days after bees are installed, you’ll need to go back in to check to see if the queen has been released by the bees. In this how to video, Davie Simpson shows you how you can easily release a queen that is still in the queen cage a few days after installation.

Installing 3 Pound Packages

3 pound packages of bees come with a laying queen in it’s own cage. In this video, Davie Simpson shows how to install the queen and the bees.

Hive Setup 101

In this video, David Simpson and Eugene Brown show how the Surry County Beekeepers are setting up the new bee yard.

Painting 101

One way to preserve our woodenware is to paint it with a good outdoor paint that will help the hives weather their year round exposure. In this video, Davie Simpson talks about the kind of paint to use and what parts of the hive you should paint, and why you don’t want to paint everything.

Monitoring Hives with Broodminder

The Surry Beekeepers are using a device from to monitor conditions in the hive at the SCBA bee yard. Following is a “how to” video with SCBA VP Davie Simpson showing how easy it is to install the device. This is the first video in our series on using Broodminder.