The New Bees Arrive!

The new nuc of bees arrived last week and they are all in organized, frenetic and purposeful movement around our property.  I can see that they’ve done a good job of cleaning house by the pile of debris just outside of the deeps.  We’ve one super on right now, but that’s just so that we can feed them their simple syrup so they can have an easier adjustment period.  Both Joe, the bee guy, and I are crossing our fingers that we get honey this fall!

Opening The Nuc
Opening the nuc
Ready To Begin
Ready to begin
Smoking So The Bees Stay Calm
Smoking so that the bees stay calmer.

When Joe was done transferring the frames, five in all, there were still bees  blanketing the inside of the box and the lid.  He turned both over and gave each a sharp rap.  The bees all fell off and then like sifting grains of sand, disappeared into the deeps.  They are such fascinating creatures.

In They Go
In they go!
Putting In  New Frames
Putting in the new frames (notice the box lid on the right covered in bees)
Old Frame Where Previous Hive Died
The old frame where the previous have died.
FramesToTheChickens
The old frames go to the chickens (PS- they ate them right up!)

Annie

Think mountains of honey!  Maybe even enough to sell so that we can share our liquid gold!

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