Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Building Up

I started out with only 2 hives in April.  Now I am up to 5 hives!  This is so cool!  I got 2 hives from my Uncles farm and one from a trap out from a wild hive.  Now lets get these girls built so they will survive winter.  
Now its time to build boxes for these hives for future nectar flows.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Free bees can bee hard work!

So I went to my uncles farm today and got a few frames of comb with some brood. This hive has been around for about 40 some years or longer. With the help from my dad we got about 60lb. out in about 2 hours.

This had to be one of the craziest things I have ever done. Sticking my arm in a hive up to my elbow in bees.

I transported them home and added the comb to my frames and put them in their boxes. There was so much honey that it was oozing out and dripping out of my truck bed.

Now it's time to wait and let them rare a queen! This is what I have been waiting for all year! These bees have a survival rate that is almost unheard of and it's breed in to the queen. Now I will have to wait about 24 days before I have a laying queen.