Saturday looked like it might some work when Shannon emailed me to let me know that hives I had left a couple of years ago needed to be moved. She had already moved them when the wound up empty after bees had left. But when she went to move them again she found “a lot of bees”. In my mind it was a hive move that could take a while. I got my dolly, gaffers tape, extra tops to close up hives as these were 5 deep hives. Luckily Shannon said there were only bees in just one of these hives.
I got there and they showed me the hive and I couldn’t see a single bee! I watched and figure that they had left but after a couple of minutes a little bees hovered back into the hive. It was later in the day so maybe most of them had returned but it was looking better than I hope.
The other luck was that J was there, a family friend who had some bee experience and wanted to help out. And Sophia, Shannon’s 6 year old daughter wanted to help too. So now it was a small hive with 2 helpers. Could be easier. At first I thought I thought I needed to take the bees home but in the end Shannon and her family decided to keep them and give them a place to live. We found a new spot right by a window on the side of the house that they could observe them from. What could be better?!?!
Sophia was a natural and got geared up and dove right in. She was part of every step. We pulled the frames out as a group so that the small swarm could stay together. There were just a few bees but we spotted eggs so the swarm had a chance of making it. But it would be at least a couple of weeks before there were any new bees. Sophia quickly claimed the hive as hers, and rightly so. She even carried a medium box full of frames and placed it onto the hive even though it was a little tricky because it was a little high. She’s going to be the beekeeper for her family! What a beekeeping super star.
Lee has wanted to have bees for a while. We were able to rescue some bees from their backyard but they didn”t make it the first year. She was also having trouble with the hive being on her roof so we’re going to add it to the South 40. Thanks to Long Beach Organic.
We also did our monthly hive inspection. After a month the bees have drawn a bunch of new comb and made capped honey. Unfortunately, it crossed a couple of frames. Boohoo. We removed the perpendicular honey comb and put it in an empty box on top since it was filled with nectar and honey. These bees are busy. Fall isn’t going to stop them! The bottom box had nice and straight comb which we just admired. We also added a new top board because our other one had warp a bit.