Thursday, March 24, 2011

Trap Set

Got one of my traps set today. I placed it behind the house.  Just to see if I could get anything around here.  I hope this Sunday I will be able to go to my Uncle Bills and set the other trap.  I bought some temporary nucs so when I get a swarm I will transfer them to the nucs.  16 more days till my packaged bees come in!!!  So excited about getting them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Catching a Swarm

Well I got permission to set a swarm box out over at my Uncles house.  Going this week to get Pheromone and a swarm trap.  These bees have been in a old milk pallor for the longest time.  I know they have been there before I was born, which is over 30 years. 

This is a good sign that they are resistant to disease and mites.  This also means they produce very good queens. 

I plan on either giving the swarm to my other Uncle that has a Top Bar Hive, if he doesn't have an bees in his hive already or keeping them for myself and trying to produce a few queens from these bees. I would love to try some of these bees. 

Keeping my fingers crossed and hope they swarm!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Almost here!

Less than a month away from getting my bees.  Brushy Mountain Bee Farm is serving breakfast and doing a Demo on our pick up date.  So my dad and I are going to that on April the 9th!!