Monday, May 25, 2015

bees 2.0

In April we loaded up the car and drove to Stillwater to pick up our two 3-lb packages of bees for the new season from a place called Nature's Nectar. This year my neighbor Bryce and I have decided to go it alone since our beekeeper isn't in a position to tend to the hives. She will be able to mentor us though, which is exactly what we need.

The bee pick up was a bit chaotic. We were told a time to come and there were bees everywhere. It was unsafe for Steve and the girls get out of the car so I hopped out and tried to make the exchange as quickly as possible. There were bees attached to the outside of our packages and I hadn't thought through that we have a hatchback and so we really didn't have a barrier between us and the bees that got into the car. Luckily it all worked out just fine.  

Home safe and sound.

We didn't hive the package right away because Bryce was out of town for the weekend so Harriet assisted with spraying the bees with sugar water 4 times a day. She seemed to enjoy it.

When we got up to the hive on the roof we found the boxes full of dead bees, as we knew it would be. Luckily they left a lot of great stuff to get the new hive up and running in a hurry.

Lots of pollen and nectar.  Also all the frames have drawn out honeycomb on them, which took a lot of energy to do. Now these bees can just focus on tending to the brood.

Bryce shaking the new package into the first hive box.

Spreading them out.
It was raining, which is perfect for hiving the bees, but not so perfect for spectating. Our neighbors Tyler and Megan also watched the process.

View of the roof.

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