Frame Handling - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
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Frame Handling

Session 4
Frame Handling

Proper Frame Handling during Hive Inspection

When inspecting frames, firmly hold each frame with both hands and carefully extract it from the hive body.

Always remember to hold the frame firmly in your hands. Dropping a frame full of bees can agitate the bees badly, so that you would regret it for a long time.

Sequence and Orientation of frames
Special care has to be taken to ensure that the frames temporarily removed during hive inspection are going back in the same position and orientation they were found. This is particularly important for frames in the brood chamber.

The comb structure in a beehive is optimised for the specific needs of the colony at a given time. Disturbing or changing the structure causes stress and productivity loss. It's like having a warehouse re-arranged by an outsider.

The frame structure can intentionally be altered for the purpose of hive management, e.g. prevent or postpone swarming.

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