Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Meet the Mighty Bee Keeper
Friday evening we received a call from our bee guy. The bees would be here after dark on Saturday, and we could come pick them up on Sunday.
We finished up the bottom brooding boxes
And excitedly waited for Sunday.
My husband and eldest son headed out on the 1 1/2 hour trip to the bee man. They took the car. Gas prices and an old Chevy pickup just don't mesh so well. Plus from what I understood from reading my fellow homesteaders blogs and looking at the bees you order online, the bees come in this nice tight little box. It's ok if you fall over, off your chair laughing at our nativity. I will understand.
My husband got there and talk with our bee guy about this and that. The do's and don'ts of bee keeping. Then they loaded the car, and my husband discovered that the nuc boxes were not as secure as they could have been.
Many of the bees were loose in the car. My husband exclaimed that you could see them all over the back window. And as long as they continued to move forward, the bees stayed in the back of the car. But as soon as you slowed down....
He pulled into the toll booth, threw the money at the operator, yelling "LIVE BEES! KEEP THE CHANGE!" He is sure that she is telling the story about the stupid man driving the toll roads of Kansas with loose bees in his car.
Once he came home, the two of them scrambled out of the car, and away from it. Leaving all the windows and doors open. I was astounded and then found myself laughing at him. He got stung only twice, my oldest son came away without any stings.
We waited until dark before moving them out of the car and into the area that we want them. The next day I discovered that our new livestock is a tad aggressive. I wasn't that close to the hive, but one little bee decided to run me off even further. They are also getting into the house. We decided that they are going to have to be even further from the house. But as bees travel miles for food and water, and don't think that will matter much.
Last night we walked out to the hives with the good neighbor, to move the nuc boxes up onto the tops of the brooder hives. It was going to rain, and it did. Tonight we are going to move the hives and nuc boxes further away from the house and pop off the stapled down screens. Then leave them to calm down until the next night before attempting to get the frames into their permanent homes.
So yesterdays post on pre depression, I had been debating all weekend on how to approach it. I thought the story form, drawing parallels was the best way.