Sunday, April 15, 2012

There's a New Queen in Town

So, yesterday was, "the day".  I took a drive to the small town of Clarkson, Kentucky, to the Kelley Bee Company.  A large supplier of bees and beekeeping equipment that is, quite frankly, out in the middle of nowheresville.  

I picked up a 3 pound box of Italian bees, complete with a queen in residence.  Funny how I never imagined I would be driving around with a few thousand bees in the car.....


As soon as I arrived back at the farmette, it was time to get down to business.  I suited up in my beekeeping gear, complete with a pair of my husband's pants and his boots. 


The queen was safe and sound in her cage with her attendants.  


I placed the queen, still in her cage, in the hive.  A small marshmallow was place in the cork opening so the bees could accept her and thus free her to be a part of the hive.  I then gave a gentle shake and, "dumped", the bees into the hive. 


Here is a peek into the hive just after I placed the bees in there. 


A feeder was put into place and the top was secured. 


Straight away the bees were lifting their backsides at the entrance of the hive.  This is called, "fanning", and releases their scent to the entrance of their new home.  Thus, everyone can find their way back to the hive when they leave. 


Beekeeping law says I am supposed to wait several days before I open the hive to check on the progress.  The suspense is killing me already. 

53 comments:

  1. Very, very interesting. I am fascinated by bees, but quite afraid of them!

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  2. Beekeeping is not something I have ever considered. I will watch carefully from a distance as you tend your hive. Very interesting.
    BlessYourHeart

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  3. oh wow that is so cool...I can't wait to hear all about the process...cool photos...

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  4. I think you are very brave- but this will be a fun adventure!

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  5. That is pretty neat to see the process of setting up a hive.

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  6. It is an exciting time when the bees arrive..the first time we went to pick them up was a bit scary too..2 boxes buzzing loudly in the back of the SUV, made me wish for a car with a trunk instead, haha. Have fun! xo

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  7. here's hoping they settle in and stay and do well!

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  8. my Dad had hives and I love the whole bee thing...my favorite, watching the worker bees throw out the drones, after the drones had mated with the queen...incredible!

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  9. Oh my goodness this is just sooooo exciting! The suspense is killing me TOOOOOO.

    Btw...thanks for your response earlier this morning. It's nice to know that I am not alone in experiencing the strange nuances of blogdom lol.

    Also...just want to say that you did an EXCELLANT job of showing us the step by step of setting up your bees. We have a dear friend who is seriously contemplating BEE KEEPING...and I will share this blog entry with him.

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  10. That's so cool! Please keep us posted on their progress.

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  11. Hi lovely Bee Keeper.
    Wow What a adventure!!! Looks like a lot of fun!!!
    XXOO Diane

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  12. Long live your Queen! Good luck with your bee keeping adventure! Farmers around here hire large bee companies to set their hives out near their fields. I'll leave the tending to them! I will stay tuned for your progress!!

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  13. THat is so cool! I'm anxious to look, too!

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  14. Oh how fun! I want to try bees, but my husband is really allergic.

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  15. Hello! How wonderful. One of my neighbors is a beekeeper and has several hives dotted throughout the town - I love seeing the bees hoping their some of his visiting my flowers! I LOVE bees!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Kathy

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  16. What a gorgeous turquoise home for your bee kids! I will be interested to see how this adventure goes. I got a kick out of seeing your pants tied on so no bees found their way up your legs! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. I don't know much about beekeeping. Looks to me like you have had some serious experience.

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  18. Much respect upon your courage, as I am incredible afraid of them.

    Please have a good new week ahead you all.

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  19. Wow! Good for you....thats quite an adventure!! You're brave:)

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  20. Teresa - I had rubber bands around the bottom of my pant legs! No bees in the britches for me! lol

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  21. Very interesting! Sounds like a fun thing to do.

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  22. I would love to do this but I think my neighbors would not be too pleased.

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  23. Welcome to the exciting world of beekeeping!! You are going to love it, especially at honey harvest time. All the best with your new bees and may the queen live long!

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  24. How interesting...I can't wait for the updates...Keep us posted!

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  25. Italian bees... hmmmm... "you toucha my honey, I breaka you leg"...

    Dann in Ohio

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  26. The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. -Thoreau, Henry David

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  27. Brave woman!! :) What are you using these bees for? Honey or pollination? Or did I miss a post that explained all this and I'm being brain dead?

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  28. We got our bees yesterday too, two hives worth! The boxes looked exactly like yours. (Ours were from Brushy Mountain.)I know exactly what you mean about wanting to look inside. Good luck with them! :)

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  29. Wow, what a fascinating post- really intersting, informative and fun- good luck with those bees. I passed a hive in the countryside yesterday and wondered about the bee-keeping art and now I know a little more!

    Chrissy from Manchester: a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

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  30. You go girl! Loving this post. Such an adventure. Can't wait to hear about the progress of you and your bees. :)

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  31. Awesome! I understand beekeeping can be addictive. I'll watch with interest.

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  32. Neat project. My neighbor has a half dozen hives complete with hopefully bear proof electric fencing.

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  33. Too cool!!!! Long live the Queen!!!

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  34. Look at you! I'm sure you have already read The Secret Life of Bees, but it came right to the front of my mind as I read your blog. What a great Southern story. Cant' wait to see how your colony settles in to its new home. Great pics as always, but how did you manage that AND do all the other things you were doing? Secrets right? :-)

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  35. Had to jump back on here and tell you that I love your header and could easily feel fantastic living life through your fishbowl...loveit!
    BlessYourHeart

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  36. Looks like a sweet hobby to have - although personally I keep a respectful distance between me and the bees.

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  37. how cool!! so interesting to me...thanks!!

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  38. I got the heebie Jeebies just looking at those pictures. When I was stung at age 10 in the middle of my back, I ended up looking like Quasimodo and they realized I was allergic. Fun times

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  39. This is fantastic Michelle! We have the largest honey production in the US in North Dakota. I have friends that are bee keepers/ honey farmers. Plus in my job we are the "bee regulators" and honey promotion. Can you tell? I love love love love your new project!

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  40. Awesome...what an experience!!

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  41. Ohhhhh, I can't wait to see how this adventure goes. Good luck!

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  42. You lucky girl! I'd love to have a bee hive and the eventual fresh honey! Hope they are happy in their new home ;)

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  43. Ohhh i really love this! So excited for you too. I have been researching and thinking about bees for while now. I just watched vanishing bees last weekend, such a great documentary... it has me thinking there no time like the present to start.

    I would love to know any thoughts you want to share. Have you done this before or is this new to you? Good luck i hope you have a bountiful harvest of honey and veggies!

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  44. WOW! So FREAKING cool Michelle! I am so intrigued by your new endeavor!!!

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  45. Wow you have bee's as pets!! looking forward to the updates
    Have a good week
    See yea George xxx

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  46. My brother in law started raising honey bees more than a year ago, and it has been an amazing experience. The honey that is produced is over the top delicious.

    Bees are some of the most interesting. I am excited for you. You are going to have a great time. I know you will let us know the progress.

    I am going to post this post to my facebook page.

    Velva

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  47. Fascinating! Pls. keep us posted . . .

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