Our girls are here.

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.

Click on the pictures to get an even better view.

7 thoughts on “Our girls are here.

  1. Pingback: I got stung twice today and it was fabulous | my mama always said

  2. Congratulations on your new hives. That’s a great way to get your bees…they will be acclimated to the area, much better than buying a ‘package of bees’ and not even knowing if the queen is from the same state. We’ve been chasing swarms…our log hive has thrown 4 of them. We’ve caught two. All of a sudden our two hives that successfully wintered over, have become 4 hives…that’s all I want. btw, beautiful hive stand.

    • I will tell my husband…he built it based on some pictures we found on Google.

      We live in an area where there are a lot of Beekeepers and several beekeeping supply companies so we are fortunate that we can easily find people that raise queens and sell nucs for a living. North Carolina has so much blooming foliage that bees love us.

      Would love to see some one catch a swarm in real life because I’m scared to do it myself!

      • Catching a swarm is not that hard. I’ve seen videos of people picking them up bare handed if it’s a newly formed one, not that I would want to do it. I’ve gotten stung by “newly formed” swarms.
        Just got #5 swarm off my Bee Beard log hive tonight. I stuck it into my new log hive named Bee-atrice. Blog with pictures forthcoming…
        I’m not sure if it’s good or bad to have a hive throw so many swarms…I’m told that some hives will “swarm themselves to death.” We’ll see, I guess.

      • They said in our beekeeping class that swarms were almost inevitable. They recommended splitting a hive before it could swarm because you could lose half your colony if it swarmed (and the swarm got away from you) but if you split, you could manage it. Also, you could buy a queen that had already been mated for the new hive as opposed to a swarm queen that will have to take her mating flight and you might lose her.

      • When I decided to get into beekeeping it wasn’t for the honey, but for the bees. I’m afraid I’ve drunk the Kool-aid for ‘natural beekeeping.’ I wanted to provide a place where the bees could exist without a lot of human intervention. No feeding, meds, or miticides. No smoke either. The things I’ve read indicate a healthy hive will swarm. Splitting can weaken two hives. I have to admit not many in my bee club will agree with me…most are into maximum honey production, but my log hive came through the winter, while other hives didn’t, even those by very experienced beekeepers.
        I did cave on the Warre hive. It was so small I ended up feeding it and am STILL feeding it but it’s building mucho comb right now. Hopefully I can stick to my principles on it next year.

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