Rainy days and Sundays always get me down when I can not garden!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2nd HIVE INSPECTION and FINDING OUR QUEEN!

 
 
 
"If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee 
 
 
Finding your Queen can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack!  
There is only one Queen per hive, which can contain around 50,000 bees (give or take).  Her sole purpose is to reproduce, laying up to 2000 eggs per day.  She does not control the hive, but is constantly attended to by the worker bees.  The queen can live between 2-7 years, while the average bee lives for about 35 days.   
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Our Queen!  Note the longer abdomen.
 

 





 "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive." - Abraham Lincoln



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

FIRST HIVE INSPECTION AND FEEDING THE BEES

 
 
One of many books!
 
 
 


Preparing sugar syrup for feeding the bees.


First line of defense.....

Preparing the Smoker

Hive inspection.








Feeding the bees..

View from above.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

BRINGING HOME OUR BEES!

We took a drive...
out to the "country"
to Lancaster County to

Forest Hill Woodworking and Beekeeping Equipment and Supply.



 
 
Bees

and more Bees...

Bees in nuc boxes....
Suited up and ready for action....
waiting for our turn.,,,,
Garden
 
More Gardens

We loaded them up in the car and drove them home...
 
and set them down in there new home!
 
Next morning, rise and shine!