It is fast becoming an extremely timely, fun, fascinating endeavor. And the timely part is only because i'm totally enamored with them. Every morning I grab my coffee, and go sit on the stump by the entrance to the hive. Before feeding the goats. **gasp**
2 months ago I decided after going to Bee college and a couple of other seminars, it was time to start. Luck would have it a small swarm showed up at a friends house. They brought the swarm box, and we transferred them into a nuc box for about 3 weeks. Till the started to draw some comb. and sure they would stick around.
Last Sunday, I took the frames from the nuc box (small white 5 frame box) and put them in their new forever home.
Meet the ladies.
|I'm starting with a deep here, but I want 8 mediums from now on.|
|Busy as a bee .... NO Kidding! This is only 4 weeks in their new hive and there are 3 full frames like this.|
|Yes that's me. A bit overkill on the suit and gloves. They're very docile bees.|
Look where Thatcher is, he has learned to stay back.
|Looking pretty good. Found the queen. She's purdy. They're making brood, honey, nectar. |
Have already capped one full frame of honey. and there are two frames of brood.
|This is the original nuc box. And the proximity to the house.|
|I fed them for about 4 weeks till I read up more and decided not to.|
|What?!? Hive is sitting in style.|