When I took up bee keeping approximately 4 years ago I found myself on a very quick learning curve as keeping bees proved to be more challenging than I had ever anticipated. All the books made it sound so easy, but I soon found it wasn’t. Season one started off well but ended badly with the varroa mite and starvation taking its toll. Nowadays my bees don’t die of starvation because I know how and what to feed them but surprisingly back then I didn’t. The other lesson I learnt was the importance of doing regular inspections because as any wise bee keeper will tell you prevention is better and much easier than finding a cure.
During my second season I started using a frame holder when I did inspections and found that not only did it make the task so much easier it also also sped up the whole process.
Benefits of using a bee frame holder:
- No more knocked over frames.
- Lesser likelihood of dropping frames.
- Fewer hostile bees as a result of the above.
- Easier for a bee keepers back as you are no longer picking up frames from the ground.
- More hygienic than propping frames up against the hive.
- Lessens the chance of introducing germs and other nasties to your hive.
- Brood inspection made easier.
- Frames can be kept in the order in which the are taken from the hive.
- If you like to take photographs as I do, no more juggling of frames.
- Bee keepers enjoy working with happy placid bees.
To avoid any capsize I place no more than 3 frames on a holder when working full sized boxes and honey supers and limit it to two if its a nuc. (Holder can accommodate 4 frames)
Once you’ve used one you’ll wonder how you got by without it.
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