July 2013 - Fear NO Honey Bee

Some experimenting

Part of the reason I made my Modified Gatineau hive lift (aka Guillotine) from my previous http://localhost:8888/wordpress/gatineau-lift-what-is-that-you-say/  Was to be able to get in to the bee hives with minimal intrusion to the bee’s, as well as saving my back for years to come. On the experimenting side, I created some “Half” or semi frames, as well as full frames to be inserted.  There are a couple of reasons for these. First, we had a period of 11 days of rainy and cool weather, and this really slowed down the nectar flow and thus slowed down the girls.  I had added box 2 a month before, box 3, weeks ago and box 4, 1 week ago.  Boxes 3 and 4 were for anticipation of how fast they had been building and how many bee’s there were.  I expect box 3 to be started 3-4th week of June.  In reality they did not start building in it until about July 10 (just 2 days prior to the below video) Second, next year I wanted to have the ability to remove frames of food (honey and pollen) and/or open brood, to be able to do split’s and other things with.  I was planning on putting these in around mid/late August, but with the slowness of what I had recently been experiencing in building comb, I feared that may be too late to be of use. The frames, both half and full, are all based upon warre top bars that I already had cut.  It was a matter of making measurements and assembling them.  I had also seen a cool youtube video...

Gatineau Lift, What is that you say?

Over the July 4 Holiday weekend, my best friend (my wife) helped me assemble our modified Gatineau Hive lift (we call it the Guillotine).  Marc Gatineau a French warré beekeeper came up with this design.  Other bee hive lifts and info can be found on David’s Warré page Warre Hive Lift’s As the Warré hive is normally extended by nadiring boxes, i.e. inserting them under the growing brood nest, some heavy lifting can be avoided by making a mechanical lift according to one of the designs shown on this page. The originator of the Warré hive lift is Marc Gatineau (France) who used an action essentially the same as the guillotine formerly used for executions in France. More recent designs, though closely similar in principle, are less obviously guillotine-like. I set out with a few modifications in mind: Taller – To be able to lift possibly boxes 4, 5, or 6 only Wider – To be more multi hive capable Longer Support Legs – To be more multi hive capable Lockable winch – This way it can be locked while raising or lowering the hive(s) Pulley’s – Using pulleys allows a reduction in load and force needed By using 2-3 or more pulley’s a.k.a Block and Tackle, it reduces the load and the force needed to lift the hive boxes.  A given warré hive box could weigh 40-50lbs, 4 boxes could be nearly 200lbs.  My 3 pulley’s will make a 200lb hive reduce that in half, making it feel like it is only 100lb. http://www.warrebeekeeping.org/tmp/rdl.train.army.mil/catalog/view/100.ATSC/C63D46E7-488E-4D2D-AF13-F22E1D98AE5F-1311109164739/chap6.htm Which was originally hosted here: https://rdl.train.army.mil/catalog/view/100.ATSC/C63D46E7-488E-4D2D-AF13-F22E1D98AE5F-1311109164739/chap6.htm http://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/engines-equipment/pulley.htm Well it all came out great, although...