Back in "BEES"ness!!!
|Woodman and Ian with one of the swarms|
|A swarm, with hitchhikers on the outside of the box|
|Ian, so interested in the bees|
|The Queen's box, getting ready to go into the hive|
We were very unfortunate this last year with the bees, during a super cold freeze (5-degrees below zero) we lost out hive. The poor bees froze right in the midst of their busy little lives. Larvae emerging were frozen before they completely hatched, so there were a lot of dead bees frozen into the comb structures. We were told to just leave everything, but freeze it so the mice wouldn't find it. These combs are already built up, which will be an advantage to our new swarms. They have already removed a large portion of the dead bees and are cleaning house! We are hoping to be much more successful this year. The bees are off to a great start, there is an old apricot tree in bloom right outside the hives, which gives the bees some easy nectar. Cross your fingers that we will have the most amazing honey this year, packed with local pollen!!!
|Bees finding their way into the hive|
|Both boxes on getting settled, after all the drama!!!|