Happy Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, which ever you’d like to call it!
So for a while now I’ve been bugging husband and telling him I wanted bees. Why bees is beyond me, but it is something I got in my head I wanted. We’ve been together (dating + marriage) since July 2009 and he’s heard about Bees on and off since then.
My dad has kind of even gotten in on it and randomly sent us listings for bees for sale every now and again. Last week, the Bee-sness started again. I got 3 emails from my dad about places to buy bees. Of course I sent them on to hubby. The next thing I knew, he was on Youtube watching videos about bee keeping.
Before I knew it, we made a decision that we were getting Bees. Now we don’t get the actual bees until Mid April, but we went ahead and located the hives to get them all put together and set up now. They came in this last weekend so we spent the weekend putting them together and painting them.
He looks so excited! Maybe even a little too excited? Nah! He’s holding “Frame Feeders”. You fill them with sugar water to feed the bees when the nectar flow is not available.
His helmet & the screen guard. Keeps you from getting stung!
The black is the Foundation for the frames. The blue Hive tool is used for prying apart the boxes after the bees glue them together with propolis. Bee gloves, don’t want him getting stung! The white looking thing is an entrance feeder. The queen doesn’t get to go up where the worker bees are, so this helps feed her. And the yellowish looking bands are leg bands that hold your pant legs tight so little bees cant crawl up them. So you don’t have to do the bee dance!
Top left to bottom right: box of box parts, box parts, bottom board that your bee boxes set on, queen excluder (which keeps the queen in the brood chamber and keeps her from laying eggs in the area where you will harvest honey from), inner cover, and outer cover.
Next you stack it all together, 2 brood boxes for the queen to use to populate the hive, then the queen excluder (did you realize the queen can’t fit through the grates but the worker bees can?)
finally honey super’s.
T came over Saturday while hubby was assembling the frames, so he jumped in and helped. The frames are what the bees will use to build comb on and store their honey if they are in the honey supers (the upper boxes), or they will build comb and the queen will lay eggs in it (down below in her chambers) as well as store honey to feed the babies.
Then just paint them your favorite color. Most people go with white, but hubby chose my fave color.