Finally removing the queen cage in Squill The last time Brian checked his new hive the queen had not been released yet. The bees were clustered all over the cage and some appeared to be biting the wires. A week later, Brian was wondering if the queen was even still […]
It’s Queen Cage Removal Time!
Removing two queen cages but leaving one. Three to seven days after we installed our bee packages, it was time for Brian and I to peek at the queen cages to see if the queens had been released yet. First, we checked Brian’s hive Squill. Brian slowly lifted the covers […]
Bee Package Installation – Don’t Forget The Cork!
Bee Package Installation In Brian’s Rooftop Hive Squill After I installed the bees into Willow, it was Brian’s turn to install his first package of honeybees. It was hard for me to stand back and let him do it, knowing the bees still make him nervous. One piece of advice […]
Installing Package Bees In A Rooftop Hive Named Willow
Installing Package Bees into Willow Hive On Saturday after picking up our three bee packages, Brian and I set out to install them. First we got the roof ready for the new hives. The roof is black and can get very hot in the summertime, sometimes reaching temperatures of 30 […]
Picking Up The Package Bees
I’ll Have Three Boxes Of Bees Please! On Saturday morning Brian and I picked up three new packages of bees from a local bee supplier. Every year he drives down in a truck to Georgia and watches as the bee packages are made, then loads them up one by one […]
Three New Packages of Bees And Crocus Hive
New Bees And A New Name This is an exciting week for me in the apiary. Yesterday, I added three more hives to our bee family. They arrived from Georgia on a truck, with hundreds of other packages of bees late Friday night. This is what they looked like when […]