We lost both our hives last year - so today we went and picked up a package of bees to start a new hive.
We're doing a step-by-step to share with Levi's class.
|He's delivering lots of bees today - there are many more boxes of bees in the back of his truck. Each box has thousands of worker bees & ONE queen. The queen has her own special cage inside the box to keep her safe.|
|Levi putting finishing touches on the top for the hive.|
We did some fun colors this year.
You paint the wood of the bee hive to protect it from the weather.
|This is the base of the beehive.|
The bottom is made of screen so debris & parasites drop out of the hive onto the ground.
|On top of the base goes the 'hive body'. This is where the bees will live.|
There are frames inside the hive body.
|Checking out the box of bees before they are put into the hive.|
|I use a screwdriver to pry off the lid.|
|Once the lid is off you can see the top of the can of sugar water.|
It is blocking the entrance to the box.
|Pulling the can up & out.|
Once the can is out some of the bees will begin to fly out.
|The can is out of the way now & here I'm pulling out the queen cage.|
|Here I'm putting the queen cage in the hive.|
|After a little work, I've got the queen cage secured inside the hive.|
Now it's time to dump in the rest of the bees.
|This is really the fun part - you turn the box upside down & shake out all those thousands of bees!|
|Putting all the frames back in the hive.|
|The hive has an inner lid & outer lid that goes on top.|
The yellow cup on the front is a feeder for the bees - they will need sugar water until they can make their own honey.
|I put the box in front of the hive so all the remaining bees in the box can crawl out & find their way into the hive with the rest of the bees.|