Relocating Bees A Short Distance

Today is Day 1. Last week I fixed the issue of the bees building comb on the lid of the bee box. I wanted to give them a week to recover from that trauma before I began the process of moving them from their high perch on the metal arbor, to the stand right next to the...

The Bee Was Rambo

I should not be so excited that I got a new vacuum, but I am. I think this is the sign that I need to add a little more excitement to my life. Nothing that keeps me up past 7:30pm though. I’m not crazy. I know what you are thinking, “What about the excitement of being...

All Is Forgiven

The ladies must have forgiven me because they are back at work foraging and coming back with big pollen pants. I will give them a week to rest and recuperate before I start moving them to a spot in the garden that is closer to the ground. In the meantime I am happy to...

The Swarm Built Comb On The Lid Part 2

Yesterday the sun came out and the day warmed up. The perfect weather for going into my swarm’s box and adding the much needed additional frames. When I had set the bait box up, I only added 4 frames with drawn comb on the left side. The right side, that the entrance...

The Swarm Built Comb On The Lid Part 1

I am currently in a bit of a sticky situation. The swarm that moved into my bee box has started building comb on the lid of box. If I ever want to get honey from these bees I need to remove the lid, add the next super (box) and put the lid back on top. This means I...

Can We Talk About My Bee Swarm?

I feel bad for anyone who tries to have a conversation with me right now. No matter what they say I will always bring the conversation back to the fact that I finally had a swarm of bees move into my bait box. I am still just so thrilled about it. The sun was out...

Just When I Was About To Give Up On A Swarm

Yesterday was a pretty amazing day. Let’s just start with the bee swarm that moved into one of my bee bait boxes!!! It’s pretty funny that, just that morning I had come to grips with the fact that I would not catch a swarm this year. I gave up! Then BOOM BUZZY BUZZY…...

Where Are You Bees???

I think my dreams of having a swarm of bees move into my bee boxes is not going to happen this year. I keep hearing about everyone else getting one without even trying. All the bee friendly planting I did just wasn’t enough. WAAAA!! I can’t complain too much though,...

Time To Save The Planet

I want to help save the planet. I stopped using disposable water bottles, I don’t use weed killer, and I recycle. I decided I want to step it up a notch and try the reusable wraps made with beeswax. They are good for wrapping sandwiches, halves of fruit, or even...

You’re Not On The List

I am not a fan of the rain, but I am hoping that when the sun comes out it will be a second chance at catching a swarm of bees. I am hearing from other people that the swarms are out there and they have caught a few, but my two bait boxes are being completely ignored....

Open & Ready For Business

The word around town is that the bee swarms are happening and a farmer nearby has already caught one. This sent a little bit of a panic through me, and I got to painting and setting up a few more bait boxes. We are expected to have a really warm week, so I feel like I...

For Rent To Nice Bee Family

I have zero patience. Hubby put my beebox/ baitbox up nice and high in the yard, I added a little lemongrass oil to the entrance and on the lid to attract the bees, and I stood back to watch the bees move in. Five minutes later there are still no bees. WHAT?? The box...

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