More Bees to the Family!

If you recall we lost a hive over our first winter with the bees. We ordered two nucs in January to bring us to three hives this year and we started preparing their new home for them. Hubby added a pallet and concrete cookies to raise up the area and level it. Then added a deep or brood box for each. You can see our existing hive, Trudeau in the middle. The one near the fence is Green and the other new one is Sky Harbor. (can you guess the naming theme?)

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Then we got the call and went to pick them up on Sunday. We did not know exactly what to expect. Last year (our 1st), we order nucs and hive boxes from the same person. They delivered the hives with the bees already set up. We just suited up and watched. This year it was our turn to pick up actual nucs. Those little guys were buzzing away on the ride home!

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Once home we took them out to the apiary. They were heavy and we used Ms. Tupelo to haul them. We opened them up and …

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and boy oh boy were there a lot of bees in there!

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To add nucs you “simply” swap these five frames for five empties in the hive. You place the loaded frames in the middle. That sounds easy in class. What they don’t tell you is that a TON of bees like to hang out in the old box in all the hard to reach places and they can be very stubborn in your thoughts about moving them. 🙂

We finally got them all in, added their feeders on top and watched as the last couple headed in to see their new digs.

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We now have a lovely view of three hives from our house. We see them heading in and out so we hope they are well. We will peak at them in the upcoming week.

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Happy Unleashing (bzzzzz)

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Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #143

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Happy Friday and welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! We are starting to thaw out!  We are actually going to venture out of our driveway today and see what is happening “out there” (and go to the grocery).  It has been 12 days since we have left and longer than than since a grocery trip.  Last night we had “Freezer Surprise” for dinner. You know….that’s when you take out a couple of containers of something you made at some point & had put a label on, but it is now faded and you really don’t know what it is until you heat it up.  Our surprises were Mushroom Stroganoff and Onion Soup.  Funny combo but it was good.  We are ready though for some groceries and meal planning! How about you?  Dry, Snowy, Cold, Warm?  However you find your day shaping up, we hope you take a bit and share it with us.

I love reading the posts from week to week.  I learn so much from all of you.  Last week I was totally intrigued with “The Anatomy of a Langstroth Hive” by Urban Overvalls”.

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We have ordered our bees, we have been attending bee schools and are so excited about this new venture in 2014. This blog post broke down all the pieces of a hive so beautifully and simply!  It is one that I saved as a fav and will keep going back to when I get mixed up on the new terminology that we are learning.

Are you ready to blog hop?  Boy I am!  Pull up a seat and share some down home goodness with all of us today.  We are so happy to have you in our community.  If you are new, WELCOME and if you have been visiting for awhile it is good to be with you again.

Stop by each of our hostesses and say hello!

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

and me, Debbie of Farmgirl Unleashed

And the rules…. simple, but here they are:

1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
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