NWNJBA Members Kevin Inglin and Bob Kloss preview a compilation of gadgets. About 10 different gadgets are previewed including several that are on this page.
Drone Brood Frames are a tool used as part of an Integrated Pest Management program. Information about using these are abundant on the Internet but we got our start with Randy Oliver's article on ScientificBeekeeping.com.
Here is a video with a review of drone frame usage from our catalog.
Drone Brood Frame Review - Mite Count Video
Explanation of a Drone Brood Frame
The source for this Vacuum centered on a design from Rick Hall but unfortunately the original page is no longer available. The appeal of this vacuum is that you can assemble it inexpensively with parts from a local box store. Click this link below to hear our own Bob Kloss talk about how he made his.
Also we have a video of Bob using the vacuum to collect a swarm. Swarm Capture with Bee Vacuum
Providing bees a source of water is a good management practice. Simply use a bucket with floating objects for the bees to land on and drill some holes in the bucket so that excess water can prevent your bucket from overflowing.
Our water bucket at the NWNJBA Mentoring Hives
Larger Water Source Tub
Using Corks for the bees to land on
Automatic Bee Water Gadget
Michael Bush was the inspiration with his crush and strain system to strain honey from wax cappings and even crushed honey comb.
For a short review of how to use the device preview this video that talks about how it works and the mechanics of use.
Crush and Strain Device
Crush and strain walkthrough video
Bushkill Farms is an incredible resource for beekeeping equipment plans. This gadget makes quick work and acts like an extra hand when assembling frames. Check out the site and the link below for the frame assembly jig plans.
Check out our membership how to preview on use of the jig.
This design was originally from a blog called the Stone Mountain Bee Diary and creator John Jones. Unfortunately the original source is no longer available. Below you'll find a preview of making one from a Northwest Meeting and you can watch a video of one being used to capture a swarm up in a tree.
Swarm Catcher Pole Device - How to make one
Swarm Catcher Pole used to collect a swarm
Gadget Garage Video - Describing the pole with a close up
This devices allows you to put two hives together on one bottom board. One hive uses the traditional entrance and the second, top hive, uses a notch on the device to exit out of the back. This device is used for management techniques like the desmare method and others.
Gadget Garage Video - Dual Hive Screen Segment
Two Hive Screen in Use Video
Unfortunately not ever gadget works out. Here is a communal feeder that we tried out but didn't have success with. People do have luck with communal feeders and maybe this one was used at the wrong time of the year. Either way, click on the video link you want to learn more.
Communal Feeder Experiment
This video provides the premise of an alcohol wash/sugar shake shaker device used to monitor varroa mite. It discusses how to make one and how to use it.
Alcohol Wash/Sugar Shake Shaker
ScientificBeekeeping.com Instructions for Making One (scroll to bottom)
Commercial Product - Propolis Etc. Catalog – Check for Bee Shaker