Heat wave is coming this week so I made new hats for the hives

Whilst everyone is complaining about the cold in the northern hemisphere it’s the opposite problem down under

With temperatures over 40c degrees it’s going to be very hot this week and I took special precautions to protect my bees from the heat

I placed a hat on each of my hives along with some reflective foil to ward of the worst of the heat and help the bees keep their hives cool.

Extra water has also been provided and I will keep visiting each day to see how they are doing.

 Looking much like a mission to mars with space age canopies to protect the bees.




New Queen is Happy and Alive

Bees in our queenless hive recieved there new queen on Wednesday

  I could not help myself when at the beefields today and open up the hive to have alook and see if she was still there.  Well I am very happy to report that she is still there and looking very healthy.

Here are some pictures I was able to take of our new queen in her new home.


The bees have once again started to function as a proper hive collecting nector and cleaning the hive for the queen.







When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer;
you may want to visit the bee's house some day.
**Proverb from the Congo**

That which is not good for the beehive
cannot be good for the bees.
**Marcus Aurelius, Meditations**

No flowers, no bees;
No bees, no flowers.
Blooming and buzzing,
Buzzing and blooming;
Married and still in Love.
**Mike Garofalo**

You will catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a gallon of vinegar.
**Romanian Proverb**

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover,
anytime, to him, is aristocracy.
**Emily Dickinson**

... store of bees, in a dry and warme bee-house, comely made of fir boards,
to sing, and sit, and feede upon your flowers and sprouts, make a pleasant
noyse and sight.   For cleanly and innocent bees, of all other things, love and
become, and thrive in your orchard.   If they thrive (as they must needs if your
gardiner be skilfull, and love them: for they love their friends and hate none
but their enemies) they will besides the pleasure, yeeld great profit, to pay
him his wages; yea the increase of twenty stock of stools with other bees,
will keep your orchard.
William Lawson, A New Orchard and Garden, 1618

Give and Take...
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.
**Kahlil Gibran**

Don't wear perfume in the garden
unless you want to be pollinated by bees.
**Anne Raver**


We finally got our new Queen for the Queenless hive

She arrived from Redpaths in melbourne on Tuesday

The Queen is the one with the Big Red Dot on her back

In order to introduce her to the new hive we first sprayed some sweet water with a little Wintergreen oil and Borage oil and Evening Primrose oil mixed into the spray.

By spraying the bees with the wintergreen oil in particular it changes the smell of the hive and allows the bees to accept the new queen very easily.

Never spray syrup on Bees as it sticks there wings together and they will all die if they can’t use their wings

We left her in the cage and placed her in the hive after spraying all the bees and the new queen.  We waited an hour and came back and found all the bees surrounding her cage and looking happy.  They didn’t seem aggressive or disturbed in any way so we decided to release her from the cage into the hive.

We will now wait for a week or two and go back to see if we have had success or if nature has once again dealt us a blow.

There is no guarantee when dealing with wild animals that we will have any success.

What are the possible outcomes?

She is loved and thrives with her new home.

She does not like the new home and moves with all the bees to a new location leaving an empty box.

She might be killed by her new hive mates

The list is endless and we will see in a week or two if we have success or not.

At $30 for the Queen we will soon have to start learning how to better raise our own queens