Bee Housekeeping

Today, us Accidental Beekeepers decided to check on our pets to see if all is OK with them in their relatively new abode. We’ve observed from the outside but have not intruded into their ‘private’ lives. We just felt today, without breeze and mildly warm, would be a good time to look them up.

Our Top Bar Hive

Our Top Bar Hive

Topped up their Feeder

Yes, we replenished their Feeder

Busy... busy...

Busy… busy…

Each doing their thing

Each doing their thing

Uh oh!!

Uh oh!!

Thank goodness we checked because this piece had fallen off the mesh hooks.

Took out the fallen piece

Took out the fallen piece

... and re-attached it

… and re-attached it.

The sweet bees are simply happy to live in their new apartment, which makes us happy 😛

... so we all lived happily ever after.

… so we all live happily ever after.

BUT !! …

My Compost Drum

My Compost Drum

 

I’ve been noticing some activity close to my Compost Drum and have not turned the Drum, just in case.

Well, since we were  already “dressed for a hive of activity” we decided to get nosy and check…

I think we are about to be the proud owners of another colony!!  Time to look into building another Top Bar Hive.

Since both colonies have all been living harmoniously in our backyard, I think it will be OK to place the soon “to-be-built” Hive where the Compost Drum presently sits, right? We will be doing more reading & web-surfing on this but if any reader has more information on this aspect, please let me know.
(Thanks in advance.)

Our backyard Newbees.

Our backyard Newbees.

 

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6 responses to “Bee Housekeeping

  1. You should have no problem with the bees being “friendly” neighbors since they obviously have been living in close proximity for some time. Keep an eye out for robbing but all looks good. Don’t know what part of the country you are in but from the pictures you have to be much warmer than we are here in Oregon. Good luck on the new hive!!

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    • Thank you very much for your comment Tyler Roberts. That’s a relief. I’m in Florida & experiencing a mildly warm winter. It’s at present a smaller colony than the one we just moved to Top Bar hive but we are hesitant to move them too soon in case chill comes & they need their honey. Then again if we wait, would it be harder to move with increase in colony size?

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      • I think your smart to leave them for a while. At least until you have a little more confidence in the weather staying nice. Though it might seem a bit more daunting if their numbers are greater at a later date, the bees will all go to where the queen is at. So once you have moved the queen, worker bees will fan her pheromone (its a cool thing to watch) and the rest of the bees will find her.
        I’m anxious to get into my hives. Got a quick peek a week ago when it warmed up for a couple days (upper 50’s), but right now our highs are still upper 30’s low 40’s. I’ve got a while to wait so its fun reading about how someone else is doing.

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        • Thanks. DH & I are accidental beekeepers (those sweet beings came to us!) and we’re trying to learn as much as possible. I’ve watch More Than Honey but do you know of more such DVDs or easy-to-understand books? I’m on your blog now… & you have a new Follower 🙂

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  2. Thank you! If you look at the article (second one down) “So you want to be a beekeeper” I would highly recommend the first two books on the list of resources – The Backyard Beekeeper and Beekeeping for Dummies. As I state in the article, new beekeepers must decide if they are going to use chemicals to treat mites or not use chemicals. Your top bar is a great way to start out.

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