This bee experience has been full of weird drama. The NUC’s came in cardboard closed boxes. The key word here is closed…
When I got home and opened the back of my car one NUC top was propped slightly open. (Only in my life right?!?) There were a good amount of bees outside having a party. The crazy thing is only two bees joined me upfront on my ride home. These bees are a family, they stick together.
I decided the safest bet was to suit up to bring them to the bee-yard. It is important that you know where the front and the back of the NUC is. This helps the bees orientate to their new surroundings. The boxes are closed now (Phewf!!) but tomorrow the frames will be installed in the same direction and same order. Here is a video of them buzzing inside the NUC’s and the bee-yard in the dark. 🐝
Stay tuned for the update tomorrow afternoon!!
We hope you had a less dramatic evening!,
Yay! I will be getting two NUCS (Nucleus colonies) next week. My mentor Sheri at VT Beekeeping is on if the kindest souls I’ve ever met. It’s to late in the season to get a bee package (they need the most time in their hive since they are starting from scratch). They are also sold out everywhere. A NUC is a mini established colony that already has an egg laying queen. If you are interested in learning more about the differences this blog explains it very well: http://montanahomesteader.com/buying-nuc-vs-package-bees/
Can’t wait to give this another try! 🐝🐝
Friday was so exciting with the arrival of our bee packages. Saturdays install went awesome. Phewf! We did it right for first timers. When a package is installed the Queen is in a box with candy that the attendant bees eat to release her. One queen was released really quick. (It should take 2-3 days not one.) When I checked the hives on Sunday one hive was really busy the other no activity. Peaked inside and there were absolutely no bees in there! (How did I misplace 10k bees?!)
We left them alone yesterday. My father in law and I took a walk up this morning. It’s raining so no bee activity and no buzzing when I listened to the hives. Sadly they both were empty. This is called absconding in the bee world. https://honeybeesuite.com/why-did-your-bees-leave/
I had a small pity party and ate my feelings in guacamole. I spoke with my mentor and she recommended I walk around the property to see if I could find them any where. I didn’t find them. My mentor said this is bee error not beekeeper error. Bee packages are tricky. I’m going to give it a try with a NUC (mini bee colony) the beginning of next month. This isn’t the first time I’ve given it my all and experienced great failure. It certainly isn’t my last…
Hoping my next bee update is more cheery 🐝🐝
The installations went a lot smoother than I thought it would. It was so cool shaking thousands of bees into a hive. I know many would disagree on this but, remember we have been preparing for this day since January.
One queen is marked with a dot. That’s BEE-Once. It’s Britany BEE-ch is incognito! It will take one or two days for the bees to eat the candy that is plugging her cage to release her. During this time the hive is familiarizing themselves with her pheromones to accept her as their queen. The its work. work. work. work. work.
Bee sting count = zero!
Listen to the sound at end. That’s two happy hives!!
Sugar water made and hives are all set up! We are getting very excited for Friday! 🐝🐝
It was a busy day at Twin Bears Maple Works!
Eric sanitized the evaporator in the sugar shack and set up the bee yard. Electric fence and all…You are not getting our bees Justin timBEARlake!! 🐻
Thank god we could put the twins to work!! (Just kidding. They loved running around with Grandpa & Bentley. They also enjoyed the wheel barrows Mem & Pep sent!)
The Beeyard all laid out
Fence wire up, mulched & cinderblocks for hive stands.
Another angle to show the gate opening. All that’s left is to hook up the fence energizer!
Hives are all ready to be painted tomorrow!
We also have some Twin Bears Swag ready to ship to sunny Florida!
We hope you enjoyed this beautiful spring day like we did!