A few days ago I told you how we became bee keepers in May (to approximately 6,000 bees, we bought 6 lbs). With the bee’s becoming more active, and making their honey and more bees (bee babies!), they are keeping us on our toes.
Saturday or Sunday, we had one of the hives swarm. That means, they all decided to exit the hive and take over a tree of ours.
At first I thought it was just a bunch of nat flies. But as I walked closer I realized uh, those are bees.
Then when my hubby got suited up, we thought it was a different colony of bees, as he was inspecting the bee hives. We discovered it was one of the hives. There was no indication they were making another queen on the hive with the problems, so they seem to be ok now. It could be over heating, which we are addressing.
They went back into the hive and seemed to be ok and happy.
Hubby has read on this and this is not ‘suppose to happen your first year of bee keeping.’
Today hive number 2 swarmed outside into a tree.
He captured it back in and we found a few queen cells.
Apparently you aren’t supose to trim them off. Hubby’s read differing information on what to do. So we now need to keep an eye to see if the new queen has emerged or not and is laying eggs or we will have to order a new queen (mail order bride!).
Life sure is buzz buzz buzzing these days with the bees.
It’s been great for the kids, they are learning a lot about bees.
And for those who wonder why we have bees near our kids. We have 5 acres, the bees sit on the back of our yard away from where the kids play. We have taken great care to educate them about the bees, to curb their curiosity and they know they will get stung if they mess around where they are at.