life with honey bees
My husband is a beekeeper. We have not had luck with our bees. They did not survive over the winter. This happens sometimes for various reasons (not having enough honey for the winter or how harsh the winter or the type of bees you have for the climate)
This year we were left to start over with new bees, bought 3 packages of bees (thats 3 hives worth).We also went to the traditional hives.
At one point, we had a hive that was not doing to well, so we (I say we like I did anything but watch the kids) had to merge two hives together to have a queen lay eggs to help nurse the hive along. Once it was back up and doing well, we seperated the hives again.
changing up how we manage the honey bees
The biggest change we did, was the hives are no longer at our home. We are working with a local dairy farmer and the bees are in his fields, to help his hay. We are happy to help our local farmer’s crops thrive with our bees. Our bees seem to like it at his farm as well.
Honey tastes like the flowers the bees collect from. We can definitely taste the clover in our honey. It’s super delicious. And local honey is great for you, it has helped our allergies and coughing.
As it gets colder, the honey bees stay in their hive because of the cold weather and will live off from the honey they collected over the spring and summer. Crossing our fingers that they don’t die this year too!
Support your local beekeeper and buy local honey, it will help your health!