Friday, March 22, 2013

Busy bees!

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I snapped a quick shot of Wyatt and me last weekend. I love it—I just wish it wasn’t so grainy.
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Last Saturday, while taking a little break from planning Suzi and David’s wedding, Justin pulled out the tractor for a little ride. Wyatt and Liam had a blast; I think Suzi did too!
That evening, we went out to our local beekeeper and bought four packages of bees—that’s workers, drones, and a queen. We got five gallons of honey from our two hives last year and we hope to double our production with four hives this year.
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Four packages of bees for our hives.
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I am pretty proud of this shot. As bad and grainy that first picture was of Wyatt and me, this one is amazing. iPhone cameras can be awesome if used properly!
I was initiated into the bee sting club after I put my wrist on top of a very mad bee while snapping the picture above.
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I doesn’t look as bad anymore but it itched like crazy for a few days.
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Wyatt manned the umbrella (safely away from the buzzing bees) while Justin installed our bees and queens and I took pictures.
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Justin had to secure the queen (in the tiny wooden box) into a frame and dump (literally) workers on top of her. She is secured in the small box with a piece of candy that the bees will take eat away in a few days. She will then be free to lay eggs and do her job.
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We installed old glass mayo jars into the top of each hive full of sugar water to feed the bees until they get established.
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In case you were wondering, this is what the inside of a package looks like. That’s about three pounds of bees.

1 comment:

MrsMatched said...

Oh my word! I'm so jealous! I'd love to be brave enough to have a hive, but somehow I doubt our HOA would be happy about it. Or the goats and chickens I really want, either.

Good luck with the hives! Keep posting about them. I'm fascinated!