since it was 45 degrees, I trotted down to our little orchard and checked te honey bee hive that I established last year ofter capturing a swarm that flew in. glad to find that the "girls" are still alive and making cleaning flights. I have been worried about them as they didn't build up their numbers or food supply as good as they would have with an experienced beekeeper. (I learned as fast as I could) but I fed them in the fall and crossed my fingers.. If they make it another 2 months the dandelions should be in bloom and they will be ok. it is an exciting new expeience for me.
wow, Maryann. that sounds cool. Are going going to get honey from your bees?
My DD bee hive didn't survive even though she fed hers. I hope yours survive.
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maryann: it is an exciting new expeience for me.
This is really cool. I don't know any bee keepers personally. You'll have to update us on how they (and you) are doing.
Maryann, did you track down the bee keeper where this hive of bees came from? Maybe, if he doesn't take his bees back, he would give you tips. Do you know that honey bees are endangered? They are disappearing at an alarming rate. Or, so I saw a bee keeper say, in an interview, on the tube. Got luck with them. There is an apple house here ( they sell fried pies, all sorts of jams, jellies, cider, fresh off the tree apples, fudge, etc. They built a doulbe window, in the front of the building, with space between for a hive. It has a hole in the front for the bees to come and go. The hive is huge. The bees pollenate the orchard. It is so much fun to watch them come and go and working inside the hive. Fascinating. Some people have to be careful. If they are allergic. But, as long as you don't swat at them, they don't bother you. They are just too busy.
patti, from everything I've read I should not have expect any honey the first year anyway. but If the girls make it thru the rest of the winter they should have good start this year and I will be expecting honey late summer and fall. I'm going to add another hive with a purchased package of bees in early april. I want honey to use as barter for all the help the family and friends give me. Husband helps me with the heavy work and john tractor work. But the animals, gardens, and orchard are my hobby. not his. Lots of tasks on not "on his list". I need more than just meat and veggies to trade for help. maryann
LaJuan, there really isn't a way to tell which beeyard my honeys came from. bees aren't branded like livestock. with bees the one who captures the swarm can either give them away or keep them. we've had 3 swarms within quarter of amile this year. one stopped here the other two took up residence in the next door neighbors empty hives. We have an active beekeepers club here which I joined last summer. Maryann
Is2116, I fed sugar syrup in the late fall, and bought bee pattys with vitamins etc from Mann Lake for feeding in the winter. so far , so good. what did your DD feed her's ? is shse planning on replacing them.
My DH is an entomologist. I was out with him one day checking codling moth traps. The bees had not been removed from the orchard yet and there were swarms of them. He is allergic to bee stings. Well one bee decided he was going after DH, as he got in the car, the bee got in too. He left the car, so did the bee. It was obvious he was going after DH and nothing else. So he had to lose this bee. DH ran down the orchard row, bee in pursuit. DH quickly ducked between the trees and the bee kept going straight. Then DH walked back to the car. I couldn't believe it. How does someone that big hide from something that small. DH did decide that he wasn't going back in that orchard until the next week.
remind me to always wear my beesuit. I get a bit lazy and foulhardy. I am allergic to bees and don't always have my sting pen in my pocket either. My Italians are quite docile but the Hospital is 20 minutes away.
you are lucky to have a resident entomologist. Mighty h;ndy guy to have around the gardens.