If you have an established colony of bees in your chimney, roof or under tiling, most bee keepers will not collect these but if you click on this pdf document below there are 6 beekeepers who may be able to help:
There's many bee-keeping videos but..... if you search some topics on You Tube there are a lot of videos that need more judicious use of the edit button as they are rather like watching paint dry! Having trawled through these, here are some of the more interesting ones:
National Honey Show 2015: In January 2016 eleven lectures were posted on You Tube. One lecture already has many views and for good reason, you will see why if you choose to click on: 'Queens I have known'. [12,000 views]
'Lazy Beekeeping' [42,000+ views]: Michael Bush's 40 years experience with 200 colonies has meant he has needed to make short cuts. View his lecture by clicking here.
BeeCraft 'hangout' forum: There are several bee keeping forums on line but this is one of the best where there are live video link-ups with several bee keepers throughout the country. They were started in November 2014 and there are now some 16 'hangouts' to view if you click here.
"TheFatBeeMan" [Don Kuchenmeister] is a commercial honeybee breeder in North Georgia, with more than 50 years of commercial bee keeping experience. He has over 120 very useful, but short, video tips. Take a look by clicking here.
For even more interesting links, click on the pdf below to view:
Bailey Comb Change If your brood frames are in need of replacement, say more than 2 years old, then they are best replaced using the Bailey Comb Change method. This is best done in the spring when there is a good nectar flow, say March onwards. Click herefor details of the procedure.
Creamed Honey If you have Oil Seed Rape nearby you will need to take off your honey crop as soon as it stops flowering and to make your honey more saleable you might like to try creaming your honey. Click on this pdf document for details:
Autumn & Winter Feeding A colony will need 16/18 kg of stores to keep them going through the winter. If you take the honey off late August a strong colony should collect this over the next couple of months. If they do not then read the pdf document below on autumn & winter feeds.