Introduction: Keep the Tiny Bees in Your Home
I am interested in beekeeping from my childhood. In our garden, We have stinging bees.
a few days ago, I saw a small stingless bee colony in front of a shop, but it was damaged by children, the brood pots are thrown away by them. I take the brood pots to the home.
I keep it in a temperature-controlled box for three days to allow the bees to grow and come out of the brood pots.
- Stingless bee colony ( you can find it in the cracks of the wall, cavities of the tree trunk, old pots...)
- Mud pot ( you can use anything like bamboo, wooden box..etc to shelter the bee colony)
- Honey ( If the bee colony don't have honey pots)
- Rope for hanging the pot
Step 1: Collecting the Bee Colony
These stingless bees can't be easily seen. you have to search for it in the cracks of walls, old tree trunks,
You can ask your friends also.
If you find out a bee colony in old timbers, pots, tree trunks, you can easily take out the bees. If the colony is in a wall, you will find it difficult to take out the colony. The colony I took was originally residing inside a speaker box placed in front of a shop for sale.
After finding the colony, you have to carefully pick the honey and brood pots of the colony out with the bees and put them in a ventilated box or cover. If more bees are there in the hive gently swipe them to the opening of the box. Once the colony calms down, take the box to your home or garden.
In some cases, you can only have the brood pots with less number of matured bees. Don't ignore the colony, take it. You have a chance to grow it into a big colony.
NOTE: collect the bees after sunset otherwise, the bees may fly away
Step 2: Putting the Colony Into the Pot
Take the mud pot and make a small hole on the side of it using a nail ( carefully do it or you may break the mud pot into pieces)
If the colony doesn't have enough honey pots, place a small piece of stinging bee's honeycomb inside the mud pot or pour some bottled honey into a small flat bowl and place it inside the mud pot.
Now, carefully take out the brood and honey pots you have taken and place them inside the mud pot. also, put the bees into the mud pot. Cover the mouth of the mud pot using a cloth.
NOTE: Do this step after sunset or before sunrise.
Step 3: Artificial Heating
If you have a colony with enough mature bees, you can go to the next step.
My bee colony is very weak, only having some brood pots and a few fully grown bees.
So I place the mud pot inside the temperature-controlled box originally did for incubation of eggs.
You can set the temperature between 30.5 deg Celcius to 32 deg Celcius. I set the controller in 31.5 deg Celcius.
After one day I saw a few little bees come out of the brood pot, on the third day a huge number of bees came out of the brood pot.
Give extra honey if needed.
On the fourth day, I took out the mud pot from the temperature-controlled box
Step 4: Place the Pot in a Safe Place
Close the mouth of the mud pot using another pot which will be placed over the mud pot firmly.
You can hang the mud pot in a tree or place it in a wooden stand. (it's your choice). After that open the entrance hole.
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