You would think that with all the things going on around here, that I would get some things finished before I tackle something new. I guess that's not to be this year. The farm has been expanding by leaps and bounds this year. We've put pigs on the property for breeding and meat, expanded our chicken business, expanded gardens, and added a greenhouse. I still have land to clear, fences to build, pens and additional pens and coops to fill.
And now we have a functioning bee hive.
I bought a package of about 10,000 honey bees from Rossman Apiaries in Georgia, and they arrived this past Monday.
Did you ever wonder what 10,000 bees looks like? I was surprised how many bees they can fit into a little crate.
The installation of the bees into the hive actually went without a hitch. I'll admit that I was pretty nervous right up to the point when I opened the shipping crate. Then it all smoothed out for me.
I've visited the hive daily since Monday, and have been happy to see bees buzzing in and out of the hive from the fields and gardens.
Today was the day to open the hive and inspect their progress. And it looks good. The queen has been freed from her shipping crate, and the bees have filled almost half of the bottom brood box with comb. It looked like the queen has been busy doing her duties too, so we have a growing hive.
Bees sure are fascinating to watch and interact with. I never thought I would get so much enjoyment out of a honey bee.
As the spring and summer progress, I will be visiting the hive and will update you with the progress we are making as new beekeepers.
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