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Welcome to our MAHAKOBEES beekeeping profile where we aim to provide interesting honey bee information and post related beekeepers content regularly.
Welcome to our MAHAKOBEES beekeeping profile where we aim to provide interesting honey bee information and post related beekeepers content regularly.

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Pure Beeswax samples we produced in our beekeeping beeswax series. What do you think? Watch how we process beeswax produced by honey bees on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mahakobees

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Flow hive bee hive photo slideshow. Watch the full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq7ZO3dkcBk

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http://www.mahakobees.com - NEW BEEKEEPING VIDEO.
#Flow Hive Flow FRAME breaks apart - #beekeeping
Watch a practical review of our trial Flow #Hive #beehive here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2L8OLuFhmw&index=3&list=PLfE6cWwwWKogwNrpRck1ZxhevT_ZBPzkj

In this video, we take a very close look at the Flow Hive Flow #Frame . During the review, it falls apart on us, not totally unexpected, but it is really annoying when it does happen, so we can think of better ways to spend our beekeeping time. In any case, the close up shots will show you the detailed workings of the #Flowhive frame, both assembled and completely pulled apart. The honey harvesting process is rather simple using the flow hive frames, but there will be many questions on the longevity of the frames themselves as well as the number of repeated honey extractions beekeepers can expect to successfully complete before having to pull the flow frames apart and trying to clean them. Only time will tell. It certainly is not much fun putting the flow hive frames together and the tensioning process using the provided wires was a bit cumbersome. To put the flow frames together, we found using large rubber bands very useful, especially after they fell apart for the third time just as you are trying to tension the wires. Most useful is a beekeeping partner if you can find one. Having four beekeeping hands was the way to go.

Hope you enjoy this video, and if you have learned something or found them useful, we invite you to subscribe so we can continue producing more beekeeping 101 videos. Thumbs up and share.
Happy Beekeeping
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HOT knife vs HEAT gun? The WINNER IS? - PART 1. Visit http://www.mahakobees.com/blog for many great beekeeping videos. Here, we study the claim that a heat gun is faster and generally better for uncapping #rawhoney frames. Take a look and you be the judge!

There are many ways you can extract a fresh fully capped honey frame. Generally, most smaller home based or hobby beekeepers will uncap their #honey frames using a HOT knife (see our tempting closeup #Beekeepers Hot Knife Uncapping Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iqfW...), Serrated Kitchen knife, or the Beekeeping Uncapping Fork. This is sufficient for beekeepers with 1 to possibly 50 beehives. It may get too time consuming to use these methods beyond this number of hives and automation may be a wise choice with semi or fully automated spinning uncapping blades or wires.

There is however, yet another method that has been revealed on numerous other beekeeping YouTube videos and beekeeping websites. This involves the use of a HEAT gun. So, we thought we would give it a try, bought ourselves a ROK Heat Gun and recorded the process and results of this experiment. Our part 1 video examines the results one could expect by using this HEAT gun method, and we compare the results with the more traditional beekeepers HOT knife method. We explain both in detail so you can make your own opinion, and hopefully try and test them yourself following our easy instructions. Both are a valid method, both have their unique benefits and disadvantages and both may suit you depending on your specific application and situation.

In part 2, we will review the results in more detail - post honey extraction. Make sure you don't miss it. We hope you find our videos valuable enough to share with your family, friends, colleagues and beekeeping associations, subscribe and if you would like to let us know how we are doing, please press the thumbs up or down accordingly. Your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate your time.

BEE nice and have a great beekeeping weekend!
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Comb Honey = SUPER FOOD. how to cut and package 100 gram samples.
Our new raw comb honey video is all about that liquid gold, served in its most natural form. RAW #COMB #HONEY. It is untouched by human hands, #unprocessed, unheated, unfiltered, without chemicals, sugar water additives or preservatives. Simply the healthiest natural raw food available for those interest in a healthy diet, all thanks to the hard work of Honey bees and the beekeeper taking care of his #beehives and bee colonies. As colony disorder continues to cause much concern for beekeepers worldwide, few now dare to cut away the precious golden nectar with all that beeswax. It takes up to twenty kilos of honey to produce one kilo of beeswax. Keep that in mind when you purchase a true beeswax candle and appreciate all that hard work the bees put into it. Enjoy the smell, the beautiful honey aroma, and the long lasting burn.
Also, take the opportunity next time you visit your local fresh food market, and grab a sample pack of that beautifully fresh raw comb honey. You won't regret it!

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You can read more about what Raw Comb Honey is below. Information is from Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comb_honey

Comb honey is honey, intended for consumption, which still contains pieces of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb.

Before the invention of the honey extractor almost all honey produced was in the form of comb honey.[citation needed] Today, most honey is produced for extraction but comb honey remains popular among consumers both for eating 'as is' and for combining with extracted honey to make Chunk Honey. Hobbyists and sideliners can best develop their beekeeping skills by producing comb honey, which they can easily sell for several times its value as extracted honey. Comb honey production is more suitable for areas with a prolonged honeyflow from dutch clover, alike, and yellow clover. Wooded areas are not very suitable for comb honey production, as bees tend to collect much propolis, which makes the harvesting of comb honey much more difficult. This problem has been largely circumvented with the adoption of specialized frames which prevent accumulation of propolis on saleable units.

Hive management
Populous honey bee colonies are usually reduced to single hive bodies at the beginning of the honeyflow when one or more comb honey supers are added. Comb honey can either be produced in wooden sections, shallow frames, or Ross Rounds. The successful production of comb honey requires that the hive remain somewhat crowded without overcrowding, which leads to swarming. Young prolific queens help rapid colony population expansion with less likelihood of swarming. Caucasian Apis mellifera bees are often preferred for their tendency to keep a constricted brood nest and for their production of white wax cappings, making more attractive honey combs.

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Do you think the FLOW Hive (tm) will work long term?
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http://www.mahakobees.com PRACTICAL review of the #FLOW HIVE (tm). This video is very different to most other videos about the Flow hive. We take a practical approach to this review, and ask questions. Important beekeeping questions, which no doubt every #beekeeper that is interested in #beekeeping also has on their mind. Will this flow hive perform as advertised? Is this new beehive really going to revolutionize the beekeeping industry? Is it suitable for new beekeepers and families as suggested by the Flow Hive team? Will new beekeepers have success with the flow frames and is this beehive as good as the inventors and #FlowHive manufactures claim? The quality of materials used, the honey harvest speed, the hygienic concerns during the flow hive honey harvest, Is it food grade? Will Small Hive beetles (SHB), wax moth, varroa, mites, and other pests be an issue? Will it withstand propolization and wax build up? And is the very high cost worth the investment?

Many legitimate questions that need to be answered. We recommend you take a look at the Bee Vlog beekeeping video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oPKUxsQJUc) which reviews the Flow Hive beehive with the bees well being when overwintering and points out other considerations beekeepers need to keep in mind when considering purchasing and using this beehive in their apiary. It may save your honey bee colonies!

We present no conclusions and are open minded. We hope the beekeeping community can comment below on their experience with the flow frames and that beekeepers from all corners of the world can discuss this product with their apiary location and specific beekeeping goals in mind. We believe this to be an amazing invention that has the potential to be very beneficial once all concerns and issues raised by thousands of experienced beekeepers around the world are addressed. As with any new product, we hope this beehive continues to evolve and improve with each new version.

Thank you Flow Hive (tm) for thinking outside the square, and bringing the Flow frames to life. We wish you all the best and hope this product will be beneficial to all #bee colonies and beekeepers alike.

If you enjoy our videos, we invite you to click the thumbs up (or down if that is how you feel), subscribe, and share our beekeeping videos. Your comments and feedback are most welcome.
Happy beekeeping everyone!
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This is an excellent presentation by James Ellis of the National Honey Show about Small Hive Beetle. A must see for any beekeeper.

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Go with the flow - #FLOW HIVE is finally here! Take a look at our pictures of this close up inspection. The Flow hive beekeeping video review will be uploaded shortly. So bee sure to visit us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/mahakobees. What about you? Did you invest into this revolutionary Flow hive #beehive? Have you seen the Flow Hive? Have you used the Flow hive? What are your thoughts? We are keen discuss all the pros and cons. Is it a winner or do you have concerns. We will discuss in our practical Flow Hive review video. Happy #Beekeeping! https://www.youtube.com/mahakobees
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How to clean a STICKY propolized hive tool under 30 seconds - #Beekeeping 101. Visit http://www.mahakobees.com for many more useful videos. We show you one of the fastest methods to clean and sterilize your hive tool after each beehive inspection. The beekeepers hive tool will be quite dirty, sticky and have beeswax and #propolis all over the tool. This poses a problem, where the #beeswax and propolis and honey itself may harbor dangerous infections, diseases and parasites which you do not want to transmit, transfer or introduce from one hive to the next. It is therefore very important that you clean the tools between each hive visit.
The method in this video we argue is the best, fastest and most useful after both in your workshop and out in the field. So long as there are no fire hazards or fire restrictions in and around your apiary, you can easily carry a portable or pocket size butane blowtorch with automatic ignition switch and your hygiene routine will be much faster and easier to implement between each hive you visit.
This may not be the ultimate solution, but it may be useful to add it to your bag of tricks for your next visit, or after. When visiting several hives in one inspection, you need to clean the tools for the above mentioned disease related issues. You can have several clean and sanitized hive tools ready to go, one for each beehive, all separated in plastic zip lock bags, or have a spray bottle with some 1 to 10 concentration of bleach and water which you can spray onto your J hive tool and dry off with a rag or a towel. This will however not remove any of the propolis, #wax or #honey, thus the tool will remain sticky and still have the potential to carry diseases within the beeswax and propolis globules even after it has been sprayed or submerged in the bleach solution. This is a good starting point and is useful for washing your hands and or beekeepers leather gloves, but it really is only a partial solution, and does not remove the threat completely.

So we think this butane blowtorch method is perfect, if not the best way to achieve high level of sanitation and keep diseases at bay. It is perhaps more difficult to carry a spray bottle and a towel, as it is to carry a slim line propane blowtorch with an automatic self-igniting switch.

One word of warning! You are dealing with fire, butane, and extreme heat, so wear protection, take care and keep out of reach of children. Beeswax is also a flammable substance, and your apiary will often be located in long grass or at a forest edge, so always exercise caution and use this method with utmost care. Your business insurance or home and content insurance may not cover you.

We hope you enjoy our videos and invite you to subscribe and provide feedback below so we can best meet your expectations of this beekeeping channel. If there are particular beekeepers topics you would like us to cover, send us an email.
Have a fantastic day.
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