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Gardening With Cody Week 3: Hive Disguised as Flower Pot

November 29, 2019

Hi, there everyone, welcome back to Cody’s lab. So today, I’m going to be making a beehive out of a flower pot. Now this is going to be very simple, it’s basically a top bar hive, but using a clay pot rather than a wooden box This will be very similar to what the ancient Greeks had for their bees. So, I’m just going to cut a bunch of sticks, put them on top, and the bees will build the comb down from that. Now annoyingly this one-and-a-half inches is just a little bit too large for the bees See the bees prefer something that’s one and about 3/8ths of an inch, you see here There’s a little bit extra that I need to cut off If I don’t do this the bees they’ll build the comb out of alignment with the wood because they prefer to build the combs One and three-eighths inches wide so that means I’m gonna have to go through and shave all these down just a little bit Alright now it’s time to mark and cut off the excess Well now, they’re all the right total length. I guess I just need to lop off these corners, and that’ll be round enough for me Now I need to cut a notch about half an inch in on all of the ends here. I think I can make them Straight along like that, that’ll all be fine Sparkie. Right there it is. It’s just about done actually, only took me two hours to do it Yeah, you can see all the pieces they come out and they fit in very nicely Won’t shake around Now the bees can build their comb down from these bars I think I’ll add a piece of string and some wax just to act as a guide for them So here’s what I’m doing to get the bees to build their combs Straight along these bars, so I have a roll of string here Which is made of plant fibres? And this is not going to hurt the bees at all if they decide to chew it up now I’m going to coat this in some wax that I melted it down from some old combs this way the bees will recognize this as being something they want to build the comb to Now that I’ve got the string all coated in wax. I’m just going to lay it along the bar here just like this cut off the excess And now I’m going to glue the string down with a little bit more melted Wax Just like that So I cut a little notch in this last bar here to give the bees a place to come in and out as their entrance And now the hive is officially done There is one more thing I can add and that of course is a lid How about this little water heater dish? That’ll work just fine That’ll keep the rain off those boards And now what I can do is, like, glue some flowers to this make it look like a pot of flowers I think that’ll be cool. But first let’s go get some bees The bees can also use this bottom hole as an entrance, but for now I’m just going to screen it off All right, so here’s the bees I want to get At least I’m going to take some of these out of this box. I’m going to put them in here let’s get them smoked up and find the queen because I want to leave the original queen in this box the smokes good to use here, cause it’ll make them go eat the honey That’ll make them full and fed before the journey because I am taking the bees some distance away Yeah, they’re definitely getting ready to swarm See all the drones and how packed this hive is? So what I’m doing is basically What the bees would do naturally but instead of letting them do it themselves I’m doing it and I’m getting the bees, rather than having them go find a hollow log somewhere, you know the hardest part of this is going to be finding the queen I’m just going to go through this and until I find the queen, see you guys in a bit There she is right there see the queen in the middle of the frame Now I know where she is I can take the rest of the bees out of the hive without worrying about getting her So now I’ve got in this box or workers and maybe a little bit of drones So I’ve got a frame of bees I’m just going to put it in a pot give it a good shake to knock the bees off just like that I think three or four frames of bees ought to be enough It’s probably about the equivalent of a package of bees There we go. I just got to put the rest of this hive together I went and bought another queen from Joneses Bees When we get to the final location of the hive I’ll go ahead and introduce her to them Hello, puppy no now there we go the bees are now up and at ’em And looks pretty good. You can see that I put some flowers up there And Canyon convinced me to use real flowers so that means the dish got flipped over so they could hold the flowers I think that looks fine. It might need like a little skirt around the edges to protect the wood, but I think that will do As the flowers grow they’ll cover that over and it looked just like a pot of flowers with an unusually large number of bees buzzing around it I think that would be cool. I originally wanted to put this up by the front door, but yeah, I think the back door’s a little bit smarter Also, I opened the hole in the bottom so the bees are using that as well as this up here as an entrance The bees will probably wind up eventually using the bottom hole as their main entrance especially as the flowers like cover it up So this top hole will be mostly a vent. That’s all right Yeah, I can just remove the flowers like this Let’s show you guys what I’ve got in here, so you can see I can remove these frames Okay, so with this camera. I can stick it in there. You can see we’ve got the sugar water bottle that they’re drinking out of and there’s the bottom hole that’s open Back over here Yeah, there’s the cluster of bees that are clustered around the queen keeping her warm. They’re also building wax combs Let’s get a view from down here There you go I’m not going to bother them much more than that. You can see the, the queen is hanging on that bar right there In about a week, I’ll probably come by and remove that cage and check to see that she’s laying So there as you can see it’s just a pot of flowers with bees buzzing around it. At least that’s what the neighbors will see Yeah, I think this is awesome. I’ve always wanted something like this And the bees should do just fine in it, the internal volume of the pot is plenty large enough for a beehive in order to harvest the honey I can just pull out frames and cut the wax off just like I would a top bar hive For the winter bees really don’t need much in the way of insulation But if they do I can always put a barrel or something down over top of them So anyway, I will post updates on this periodically throughout the year until then, I’ll see you next time


  • Reply Carlos Nava May 11, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Water from the Nile

  • Reply Connor Ernsperger May 11, 2017 at 1:59 am

    for an example of how passive honeybees are, today one landed on my arm, I freaked out and slapped it, and it just flew off. Didn't even try to sting me.

  • Reply rmkscrambler May 11, 2017 at 2:11 am

    That's one way to stop the missionary from knocking on the door:)

  • Reply XXXoXXoXXXX May 11, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Hope you like bees in your house

  • Reply KingKingg May 11, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I'm guessing you get the odd sting doing this? It would be cool to see a silent sting counter in these playlists, so people can see how to properly react / not react hahaha

  • Reply curly0117 May 11, 2017 at 2:51 am

    I've had nightmares like this…

  • Reply NinjaOnANinja May 11, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Not trying to be rude or anything, but you look like you are starting to get chubby.

  • Reply Gary V May 11, 2017 at 5:46 am

    stealth hive… awesome

  • Reply mike malo May 11, 2017 at 6:24 am

    They only need one opening, even at "rush hour"? Also, wouldn't a second lower hole help with ventilation through the main corridors in the hive (where oxygen consumption is highest)? They just seem so damn active; they release enough heat to get through cold snaps so, respiration is gonna be high. makes me feel claustrophobic.

  • Reply Remiel Pollard May 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

    This is incredible. Not enough people really appreciate how beautiful these creatures are and how important it is to nurture an environment for their continued existence. I wish everyone in the right environment had a beehive of their own and knew how to take care of them.

  • Reply brewski118sempire May 11, 2017 at 9:42 am

    How would you transport the bees once in the pot? just put the lid on and carry the pot?

  • Reply Adamman1518 May 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    cody, I really enjoy the videos on bee keeping. As a beekeeper around your age I can totally relate.

    I would like to hear your opinion on eating organically grown foods ie. produce and meats vs conventionally grown foods. Possibly a future video?

  • Reply Cosmic Anus May 11, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    It would be cool if you could put a small camera in there so you can make a time lapse of the bees building their hive.

  • Reply Tom Wilfong May 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    As a beekeeper myself I have 1000 questions. First one being what do you plan on doing once these bees fill this pot and you need to split?

  • Reply Robc509 May 11, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Cody. Great channel. You have used wax from an old frame, ,It might be a silly question but could bought beeswax be used just the same. I'm planning on starting beekeeping next summer after we move later this year. Just trying to gather as much information as possible.

  • Reply Chef Indie May 11, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    5:12 He dropped those bees like they were hot.

  • Reply Kapt_Tatturflagg May 12, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Maybe Cody can help or one of the others in the comments, but I wanna do this for my first hive and locally I cant find a clay pot that large only plastic. Is it possible to use plastic?

  • Reply Dustin Harms May 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Nice shot at the end, too!

  • Reply Manus Dexter May 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

    man, it feels like that thing is gonna overheat like crazy in the summer.

  • Reply KcLee677 May 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Happy Mother's day, here an special flowers.😇

    mother – what it is that buzzing coming from? 😕

    what buzzing sound.. it nothing. 😅

  • Reply Robert Jay May 13, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    I think this video should be titled "How not to use a tablesaw".

    No insert plate, and freehand cuts? Are you trying to hurt yourself?

  • Reply rayikaikin May 14, 2017 at 3:48 am

    i have a hive in a plastic cabinet on my property the bees have made into a cozy hive. i have been thinking about smoking them and cutting it out and putting into a box like you use if i can find some for sale.

    I'm curious if i move most of the hive into the box will the bee's go in it to live or do i need to shake them into the box and close them into it. also if i can locate the queen do i trap her in a box with candy so they are more tempted to move in?

  • Reply john May 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    just say hemp wick

  • Reply Random Commenter May 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm


  • Reply Kariz May 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

    A hive of bees used to live under of our flower pots which was upside down and unused. We were just surprised one day that a swarm of bees lived in our small garden 😂

  • Reply MintyAnt May 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Holy shit, the freehand cuts. I'm really not upset at any other safety problem except the freehand cuts.. if the wood, while cutting, gets turned enough and catches the blade, it could kick back. Nothing would suck more than having your hand bumped into the blade! …Great video though, love it!

  • Reply maggi lover May 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    what kind of bees you have in Canada ? you just shook there hive with naked hands ? here in India if I do something like that I would end up in hospital .

  • Reply Alex Molberg May 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Where to buy cheap bee package

  • Reply Sean Walton May 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I would like to do this.
    1) Do you have a FAQ?
    2) Where do I get bees?

  • Reply Mush V. Peets May 21, 2017 at 1:30 am

    It's a trap!

  • Reply Anqujuan Evans May 21, 2017 at 6:46 am

    your dog name is sparky?

  • Reply Tom May 24, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Hey Cody, How are you going to inspect the frames when the bees build out and connect their comb to the sides of the pot?

  • Reply Cold Jumper May 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    It's all fun and games until Aunt Patricia comes along to smell the flowers

  • Reply Robin Dude June 2, 2017 at 8:37 am

    how in the hell did he fuck with those bees with no safety gear and not get prison shanked to high hell?

  • Reply PsychoticBovine June 3, 2017 at 2:46 am

    1 and 3/8 inches? I figure bees would use the metric system.

  • Reply Mable Bartlett June 5, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    There is NO nutrition in sugar water! The bees must get nutrition!

  • Reply Hobby Obsessions June 12, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Thank you so much for posting your bee videos. You have really helped me get over my massive fear of bees. Now I find bees so interesting, they amaze me. Thank you!
    Ps. I am visually impaired and because of that, any insect flying around my head would freak me out because I would automatically think that it was a bee. So thank you so much for educating me on bees.

  • Reply TheLeonSilver June 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Oh Sparky!

  • Reply Preston_the_Spastic June 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    that is so cool.

  • Reply Doc Moore June 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I wish every kid could see this and learn that honey bees are not hostile unless you brutalize them. That said, it is worth knowing and if you piss a real bumble bee off, he/she will chase you down.

  • Reply DIOV July 2, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    0:00 whats the name of that song at the start of the video?

  • Reply Travis Norseman July 7, 2017 at 6:57 am

    He should have shown introducing the Queen

  • Reply Steve Stevenson July 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    got a challenge for you lol

  • Reply Esteban Palomera July 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    that evil laughter after explaining your plan to hide a bee farm in an inconspicuous flower pot. you might be the nicest evil villain ever

  • Reply John Gay July 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    So I've made one myself from a 17" clay pot and 15' of 2X2. finally got some bees wax for the string guide and lemongrass oil to try to catch a swarm because I'm too cheep to buy bees.
    I'm told swarms can be caught year round here in Florida so here's hoping!
    thanx for the inspiration!

  • Reply Gary h July 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    remind me to never go near your house.

  • Reply KRB HI July 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

    12,565 people wanna mess with their neighbors.

  • Reply jootai July 26, 2017 at 1:07 am

    how is he not stung a million times?

  • Reply Stephen munro August 3, 2017 at 12:37 am

    There's a large part of me that wants to pound that hive with a water hose from 30 feet away.

  • Reply iota-09 August 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    well that's not an evil pla, nope, absolutely…

  • Reply iota-09 August 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    "calmly sits around a hundred bees flying just outside their hive"

    i don't care how good of a "bee worker"(sorry dunno the english name) you might be, that still takes some balls of steel
    then again, at least it's not wasps.

  • Reply Joanto August 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    7:04 dat evil laugh

  • Reply granskare August 5, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    does not seem as if there is enough time in a day for you 🙂

  • Reply Shad0wCube August 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    why no mine videos?

  • Reply TheRmbomo August 18, 2017 at 2:15 am

    RIP Flower Pot Hive. 12017-12017

  • Reply YouMockMe August 18, 2017 at 11:50 pm


  • Reply nuget102 August 20, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Think I'll do this for my own hive. Looks pretty neat.

  • Reply David Jones August 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    What an amazing idea and it looks really good

  • Reply andrew ysk August 31, 2017 at 10:44 am


    you did show us what did you do to the queen ? i am interested in bee keeping as well, just i do'nt know how to get started with the queen bee..

    what did you do, pls show me .. or at least show me a link of similar youtube..


  • Reply SuperSmay September 7, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Suggested video: Flowerpot hive died

  • Reply DDBwest September 14, 2017 at 1:35 am

    I figured i would share a bee story. Years ago when i was young and worked at a retail home improvement store, i was near the front with a manager when a lady walked and and said to use that there was a large amount of bees outside, before walking off for shopping. we both tought that was a bit odd, but soon followed another who said there was a massive amount of bees out there.. at this point we just had to see what was going on, as we walked out the door you could hear a loud buzzing. At the closest area for shopping carts, there was a single cart with so many bees on it, you could no longer see the cart. it was crazy. A lady walked out with her stuff and said " of you just need to scare them" she put her stuff in her car, before getting a run and guiding her cart towards it, then dashing for her car and fleeing. They didnt like that and swarmed like crazy as we hid inside.. We ended up calling a bee guy and he came and suctioned them all up in a vacuum and found a queen. ill never forget how loud they were

  • Reply Wim miW September 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    How are the bees doing?

  • Reply Josh Law September 30, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Nice booby trap lol

  • Reply Marc Siqueira October 3, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Man i dont know how could you have the courage to make this. I hate bees, i would never do what you did. Also, to let it so close to your house, that will be a serious problem when you do some fresh coffe at home. Near my home, i dont know where exacly there is a hive, when i make some coffe my kitchen get invaded by a swarm of bees, and i get crazy trying to drink my coffe and not be killed by these little monsters XD.

  • Reply zack hassam October 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

    How come the bees don't aggress against you?

  • Reply Sam Vodopianov - Самуил Водопьянов October 13, 2017 at 5:51 am

    The intro has a solitary bee on the sunflower

  • Reply Josh Kilen October 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    very nice job, can you do a video on the diesel generator set?

  • Reply Matthew Parody October 30, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Could you give the exact dimensions of the pot and does it have to be terracotta? I'm hoping this will be my spring project.

  • Reply Dan O November 11, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Bee Mushroomed: Amadou (Fomes fomentarius)

  • Reply Andrew Killen November 16, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Im planning to make this as christmas gift for one of my beekeeping relatives and i have one question. My relative who has bees has very large hives, maybe around five of them. The one in the pot seems very small, would this be a problem if that hives small and the others are large, we live in the north east if that matters with bee behavior.

  • Reply Adso November 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

    This looks great!

  • Reply FlatlandMando December 21, 2017 at 12:49 am

    You work barehanded around your bees. They must bee very relaxed & you must bee very relaxed!

  • Reply dierks67 January 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Stayin alive…

  • Reply yin February 6, 2018 at 5:38 am

    After being separated from their homeland the bee colony has to rebuild their infrastructure and become accustomed to their new monarch

  • Reply VoidFish February 9, 2018 at 12:04 am

    What is the song in the beginning literally cant find it on shazaam.

  • Reply Dajewish666 February 10, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    I went through 109 bee videos in like 3 days. That was a fun experience!

  • Reply Jordan February 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

    His dog's name is sparky? : )

  • Reply Waify February 16, 2018 at 10:44 am

    youtube already removed 2018 bee keeping? this is a travesty

  • Reply Sonu Dilli February 20, 2018 at 12:52 am

    If you has a queen already what was the one you bought for? Thanks

  • Reply Deer Bones April 15, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Ah, found it!!!

  • Reply GeorgeS April 21, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    table saw safety with cody

  • Reply Mike Connery May 6, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Intro music?

  • Reply Suburban Self Reliance May 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I made two of these. Installed bees in one of them with a langstroth right next to it to compare. I got the two flower pots in the fall when they were on clearance for $15.

  • Reply Vinny Bottitta May 29, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    How much would a beehive rack weigh and is it noticeable when each bee lands on it on a scale

  • Reply Fandyus June 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    This guy is crazy, he does all this without a suit.
    It's like he was some kinda nature god or something.

  • Reply Wayne Partridge June 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Ha Cody could you please make more beekeeping videos i really enjoyed them.

  • Reply Totial July 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Wow what a great idea!!! very nice

  • Reply PTNLemay August 10, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    How easy is it for a swarm to adopt a random new queen like that? Is it possible for them to react negatively and attack her?

  • Reply Steve King August 28, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Why the heck would you want bees anywhere near your house?

  • Reply Syd R September 7, 2018 at 10:28 am

    You weren't afraid of getting stung? I had bees as a kid and even when they were smoked out I would get stun constantly and it hurt REALLY bad.

  • Reply Ineedmoney September 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Really liking ur bee keeping videos. I found ur channel because of mercury and other metal videos you made but these videos are awesome. I’ve always liked bees even though most of my friend are afraid of them.

  • Reply Eliot Mitzéus September 20, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    It will be really convenient for the times when door-to-door sellers arrive 😉

  • Reply nick longstaffe November 11, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Man is ur table saw sketchy lol

  • Reply Sips IPA February 24, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Took me a while to realize the smudge on bottom-right corner is a bee. Today I noticed it says Cody's Lab.
    in Cody's voice Very nice. gives thumbs up

  • Reply Haland Greenfield February 26, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Cody, if you haven't already, look into Paul Stamets on saving the bees.

  • Reply Theodoretus Breen March 30, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Really inspiring! I'm hoping to make something similar this season. Curious if you've tried this again, and if you have any new tips 🙂

  • Reply Matthew Morrissette April 29, 2019 at 3:11 am

    1:48 it'll "bee" fine 🤣

  • Reply Ryan May 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    this the last bee video?? no more bees?? its 2019 cody we need more bees lol thanks for the great play list it was fun watching them all and i learned a lot.

  • Reply NamacilHDx May 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    id like to see some of your bee keeping again <3 its really really great thanks btw for being who you are dont kill yourself ^^

  • Reply Dan Ski's Bees July 27, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    That is totally cool!

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