Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Summer Ag Institute took a tour of the bee farm today, which was a lot of fun for Dad and I, and hopefully a fun learning experience for the 27 teachers who participated in the event. I took the day off from work, so I could get set-up for the 90 minute program. I taught on the biology and behaviors of bees, bee hives structure and equipment, and finally honey production. We concluded the program by touring the bee yards where I suited up a teacher to help me pull frames from the hive and allow everyone to dig out a spoonful of the honey straight from the frame. Below is the article from the Effingham Daily News published on August 9, 2012.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Today, Dawn & I received a call from my old friend Terry Hopper who reported a small swarm from his wild bee hive in a tree on his property. So, before dinner we drove out to check it out. After a few minutes of discussion and pursuation I had Terry suited up to capture his first hive of bees.
Here is the small swarm hanging on a branch about 50 feet from the mother hive.
Terry & Larry are getting ready to shake the bees into the traveling nuc box.
Terry's first photo as a beekeeper, followed by the question....Now What???
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The other day I discovered that Hive #4, the original East Hive, was without a queen. So, I ordered two new queens from Long Lane and installed them this morning. I split the hive into two, and gave each a queen. Unfortunately, I would later learn that one was not accepted, so I was left with one hive accepting the queen and recombined the hive boxes. As of last look, this queen is doing well and laying lots of eggs!