My new girls... Mar 4, 2010 1:23:07 GMT -5
Post by Lesli on Mar 4, 2010 1:23:07 GMT -5
My brother called late the other night. He told me he had a "stove" for me. I am intrigued, but he did not elaborate at first. I said, "Oh, tell me about it." He said it was old and really rusty, had to admit I was thinking old wood cook stove, but he then added "and full of bees and honeycomb."
He has been looking for a hive of bees for us for a long time. He is supplying the bee boxes and bees we get to keep 'em on our farm and split the harvest. He advertised on craigslist looking for bees. He got tons of calls from folks with bee hives in the walls of their homes etc. Then this guy called and said I have a metal crate with bees in it in my creek. I have watched them for 3-5 years, they seem strong and healthy. Fairly docile. My brother and father went back to get them at night, but they put a tarp over it and duck taped it and tumbled it over and over with chains pulling it up the embankment to his truck. They loaded it and left it there all night and he brought them to my farm early the next morning. I have a photo journal of this while it was happening.
I forgot the camera for the "getting it out of the truck" part. But we had the empty bee box and dh had fenced it to keep Sammy off of it because he had been bull dozing everything he came across, but now he is gone, just left it.
While the bees did seem rather docile, we still had to be careful and give them time to settle after each step.
Here is the money shot ;D
Look at that honey comb!!!
We will let them stay in this box for a while then when my beekeeper cousin comes around we will get him to help us move them into a bee box hopefully.
Sadly my biggest honey hound is Chase and that is the picture of his neck with the bee at the top. He did get stung behind the ear. He said it was because the bee knew he was the biggest threat!! His ear still sticks out much farther than the other one but he has not complained much in a few days. We go them Sunday morning.
Brannon got another call from a guy with a plastic or fiberglass icechest of some sort that is 4 X4 X6 ft full of bees. He wants to get that too. So Rich is going to have to get busy really fast to make some more bee supers and brood boxes.