Our first box of bees
Collected in the Second week of October 2013
Those buzzing little buzzy bees had us watching them for hours. This first swarm remains as our pride and joy in the bee yard and is now housed in one of my deluxe hand crafted super insulated fantastically magical condominium super Beehives, and I think they like it as well!!!! J
Collected from a hanging branch was and remains one of the easiest swarm collections we have ever had. This led us to a series of false beliefs that have now been truly crushed.
Yes some swarms are nice and easy but most require a little jiggery pokery to get right combined with a little luck. Like the time I drove 40 minutes down to Frankston only to find the swarm had already left the property, “the one that got away” because I decided to have dinner before going down. Bees wait for no man. I have the picture to prove it and yes it was a huge swarm enough to fill 2 or 3 boxes and dragging the tree branch amost to the ground.
The first hive looked very lonely when first placed in the new bee yard
Right from the beginning I wanted to try different things and we installed the first hive with round hole entrance’s instead of the standard platform entrance. Because there was no moisture escape opening in the bottom board this had the effect of holding moisture in the bottom of the box and before we knew what was happening the colony had swarmed 2 times before we changed the box to a standard opening and then later to the Delux hive where they are prospering very nicely indeed.
Our first box of bees all alone in the newly created bee yard
Mesmerised by the bees
The fasination had set in
Our new bee suits had arrived from China
New smokers and queen excluders from China
From then on we were willing to collect bees from almost anywhere
Yes even garbage bins
Seeing all the bees march into the box from a compost bin was just magic
With the bees doing there little wagle dance to tell the others where moving into a new home
Even before we collected our first swarm we started makeing and preparing for the time that would come.
Making frames in Huss's shed
Making and painting hive lids and basses
We call it boxy
Freshly painted boxes
Huss hard at work making beehives :)
Frame making and hive making is daily like for the buzzy beekeeper who wants to keep expanding the number of hives
Creativity of kids
Bee candle :)
Some old beeswax from a possom box hive collection