Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Crazy Bee Lady

This past weekend I finally opened the bee hive.  Since putting them into their new home, they have remained undisturbed, as per all bee literature known to man.  

I compare this activity to bringing home a newborn and then being told to close the door to the nursery and leave it alone.  How can you not look?!  

I walked out to the hive everyday and watched them fly in and out of the entrance.  I listened to them buzz and hoped they were eating hearty on the sugar syrup I had provided.  And then D-Day arrived.  My son operated the smoker and we opened the top of the hive. 


The Queen was free and had been accepted by the others. I also spied eggs in the cells. Yes!   The phrase, "Busy as a Bee", has some serious meaning behind it.  The ladies had been hard at work on the frames with more comb worked out than I thought they would.  I removed the small bit of burr comb, or extra comb, left in the gap where the Queen's cage had been. 


A piece of art, no doubt. 


I have to admit that the sheer amount of bees everywhere was a bit overwhelming at first. 


They were good sports and took my novice beekeeping skills in stride. 


They were quickly back in place and back to work. 

41 comments:

  1. Oh, I can imagine that it would be overwhelming at first! I'd be a little nervous too.

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  2. You are so lucky to have your own bees. I use quarts of honey every year but purchase mine from an orchard close by with their own bees. Have a happy day!

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  3. Amazing how perfect those cells are! I'm excited for you that all appears to be working as it should! :)

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  4. “The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him Is aristocracy.”

    Emily Dickinson

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  5. Aargh!!! I am soo envious! I can't wait to get my own hive!!!

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  6. My heart would have been pounding! Great shots here!

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  7. This is awesome!!! Wait till that first batch of honey. Its going to be over the top.

    Velva

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  8. Oh! You are brave to handling all those bees! I would be nervous as hell, wonderful captures.
    Have a lovely week ahead Michelle:)

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  9. Good for you. The honey will be delicious.

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  10. These are great creatures and beautiful pictures, but just looking at them I had to check my stock of Baygon products! I like them... from a distance.

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  11. Awesome!! My how a nice new hive looks too...for now! ; )

    It can be overwhelming to have all those bees flying around, but you get so busy doing what needs to get done so you can leave them be as quickly as possible and you soon pay them no notice!

    Congrats!!
    ~Andrea

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  12. That little packet does look like a perfect piece of art! The bees and hives are so cool. So glad you're enjoying your little buzzy friends!

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  13. Fun with a capital F! Love the beekeeping world. I hope you get lots of honey!!

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  14. I get excited every time hubby opens ours up and we get to see the wonderful work 'the girls' are doing! - Love the blue on your hive! xo

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  15. I really admire you for the world you and your husband have created for your family. This is one more great addition to the farmette. Very cool.

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  16. So Neat!
    My husband and I have been thinking of getting a hive!

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  17. Oh my! That is awesome! and freaky... I keep thinking of those guys that make a bee beard...
    Have you ever done that??!!

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  18. Oooh I'm so glad everything is going well in the royal castle ;-)
    Seriously, I can imagine a short gasp at first but what a promise this is! :-)Fantastic!

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  19. Can I just say...

    I love hearing about your bees! I know its only your second post about them.. but... They are scary and so exciting all at once. I think it's totally cool though. =)

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  20. Oh how fascinating! I've never known anyone to have a hive. Looks kind of fun! I imagine the buzzing is pretty loud with that many! Congratulations on it being a success so far!

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  21. BEES!!! Lady are you crazy? Them things will sting the bejeezus out of you if you ain't careful! Of course, being allergic to their stings and having to carry an Epipen most of my life, not to mention about a billion allergy shots may have jaded my opinion.

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  22. wow Michelle you are sure brave...so cool...

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  23. YAY for your bees and YOU!! I was holding my breath reading your post and am glad that they are doing well!!!

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  24. This sounds and looks fun and interesting!
    Hugs

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  25. Wow you are so brave! It must be amazing to see them all at work like that. My good friends and neighbors are bee keepers and honey makers and they are some of the most zen, chilled out people I know :)

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  26. This has always intrigued me and it looks so rewarding!

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  27. Honey, love honey... but not that much! hahaha

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  28. I am so terrified of bees, but I sure would love the honey. Yum!!!!

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  29. What a great family adventure -- raising bees. Something I should have done when my kids were young. -- barbara

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  30. I admire your tenacity to learn and establish bee-hives. Your future is looking pretty... sweet! :)

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  31. I remember going with my grandfather, and later my grandmother, to harvest some honey comb from the hives that they had in Marysville, TN and later in Gatlinburg, TN, for breakfast. Grandmother made the best bisquits in the world. We would later sit outside and carefully eat the honey comb, trying not to drip the honey on our cloths. Oh, we also had to make a lot of noise in Gatlinbury, chased Black Bears off all the time because of the honey and apple trees they had. Did I mention the apple pies she made....yum.

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  32. you've got nerves of steel and b*lls of brass! Way cool I salute you!!!

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  33. My goodness what an interesting new hobby. Keep us posted! :)

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  34. Awwww this looks to be so neat. i'd be like you and want to look everyday and mess with it, hahah

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  35. Wow, that's amazing the honey comb,thanks for the update.
    Have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

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  36. I'm so excited to see this progress! I am learning through you on how to keep bees as I'd love to try this one day. There was a funny story about a rooftop bee keeper in Brooklyn whose bee hive honey was dark red. It turned out the bee had been drinking something funny--read the story here:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/nyregion/30bigcity.html

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  37. How fascinating. Like many other commenters, I too would like to keep bees.

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