Finally. The day that we having been waiting for since we decided to keep bees — we brought our bees home.
We drove to a local beekeeper’s house at 8 AM this morning to pick up the beginning of two new colonies. Three weeks ago, I took him two hive bodies with 9 frames in each. He split two of his existing colonies and with two new queens, created two new colonies and transferred them to our hives. He’s been watching over them the last couple of weeks to make sure the bees accept their new queens.
So, now they are going to spend the spring and summer drawing out their comb, the queen’s going to be laying thousands and thousands of eggs to get the colony numbers up where they need to be and they will be making honey for survival during the winter.
This morning was FANTASTIC! It was absolutely as fascinating as I hoped it would be. I got stung twice in the right hand, but we learned a valuable lesson — always, always, always use smoke, even if you think you’ll only be in the hive for two seconds. Two seconds are enough for a very pissed off bee to sting you.
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