So long RXR hive location. We just did an emergency relocation after the last hive there was being over run with black ants (argentine ants?). We arrived to find ants ALL over the hive. I miraculously found the queen flying outside the hive when she landed on ground. The whole 3 hour experience was insane. We aren’t sure if this hive will survive but they have plenty of stores and brood. I’ll probably go have a good cry now to release this stress and bee guilt. Yay beekeeping! 😭🐜🐜🐜🐜🔪💀💀💀💀 #wethreebeeks #beekeeping
It’s been far too long since we updated this blog. We’ve had a pretty good year. Our hives peaked at 8.5 hives and we’re currently down to 7. We always mourn hive loss, but i like to think the bees that left are off somewhere doing okay. Here’s a photo from yesterday of a bunch of bees robbing the hive. Sad but pretty.
Nuc update! We were waffling on whether to combine the nuc with an established hive, but Jill kept her eyeballs open and found the queen that would have hatched some time this week! Saw queen cells Monday and now we see a queen! God this is exciting. Not that this hive isn’t at a bit of a disadvantage, but I am hopeful!
shownomarcy asked: Howdy y'all, I'm sure you probably get stuff like this all the time but here goes: I've been wanting to start beekeeping for a while and I've finally gotten the green light I was waiting for. I did want to take a class but my lowly college student status means its not in my budget, so I was wondering if you had any wisdom or tips you'd like to share for somebody like me who would like to start (or if you have anywhere to direct me to I'd be ever so grateful)
We took a beginner class through our local beekeeping association. The fee was nominal, $50-$60 for a 6 week course. That would be my first recommendation. Not only do they provide great information to get started but you have an opportunity to meet other new and experienced Beekeepers. Where do you live? I’ll recommend reading “First lessons in beekeeping” by Keith delaplane and the practical beekeeper by Michael bush. Michael bush has almost his entire book available free online at bushfarms.com.
Reading is great but there is nothing that can compare to real life experience and having someone to talk to about issues or questions.
Here’s a small instragram video I made of the swarm capture.
Saw this video on Reddit (here) and thought it was pretty amazing. This person caught a swarm on video occupying a bait hive. It’s really long (20+ minutes) but I skipped around and found it amazing.