A week and a half ago, approximately 30,000 honeybees were delivered on my front doorstep. I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see my purchase of three, 3-pound boxes of bees delivered. I must have a ballsy mailman. Bees in shipment are notorious for picking up “hitchhikers” or other honeybees in … More Amateur Hour in the Bee Yard
What an amazing experience this afternoon! Today I had the pleasure of capturing and hiving my very first swarm of bees! This couldn’t have come at a better time: on last inspection of H1, I had finally succumbed to the notion that they were in fact Queenless, and I was going to have to do another split. … More Oh Hap-BEE day!
I apologize for the back-to-back bee posts, but it is that time of year! So bee patient… I promise I will throw a bit more variety into the mix, next post. If you can recall, I did a split of H1 last month. If you can’t recall, here is the link to –> Split – 21 … More Drone Genocide
My bees are stuck up. They can be described as nothing short of what my dad likes to call “Upper Pithington Smithe”. I provide a stable, sturdy hive for them to call home. I fill their hive boxes with symmetrical frames, and measure them during each inspection for perfect width and “bee space”. I even … More Bobby Pins, Brad Nails, and Beer
My hesitance to post about my bees was simply due to the fact that I didn’t want to jinx the girls before they had a chance. (My poor Chickens….) While I have not done an inspection since my split, I feel fairly safe in saying that the split indeed was successful, and I again have … More Split – 21 March 2015
The first hurdle has officially been vaulted over. Two out of my three bee hives made it through the winter! Spring has sprung here in southern Illinois, and the forecast is full of beautifully mild days for the next two weeks. I went ahead and pulled the winterizing gear off my three hives and peeled … More It’s a BEE-utiful Day!