We Three Beeks

Words and photos about our new found life as beekeepers. We Three Beeks are: Stephanie Masters, Cary Norton, and Jillian Woodruff (alphabetically).
Here’s a photo of us from a while back, long before the swarms happened. We’re still working on a (too-long) blog post about the swarms we had. 

Steph + Jill + Cary, with the hives.

Here’s a photo of us from a while back, long before the swarms happened. We’re still working on a (too-long) blog post about the swarms we had. 

Steph + Jill + Cary, with the hives.

You’ve gotta be kidding me. Couple more here.

You’ve gotta be kidding me. Couple more here.

This blog about these swarms is going to take forever to make…it felt like an eternity this week. A fun, exhausting eternity.
carynorton:

We’ve had a few days in a row of our bees swarming. I’ve been working on a blog about it, but it keeps getting pushed because we keep having swarms. Last night was our first day without one since last Saturday, and a couple of nights we had two. We had 7 swarms* from 3 hives in 5 days, and now have a total of 7 hives, at least for the moment.
*A couple of these were re-swarms after we caught them
Here’s a little preview image of Steph & Jill after our second day of swarm catching (we had to re-catch the one from the previous day, and then, while we were there, another hive swarmed, so we had to get that one too). 
More to come, for sure!

This blog about these swarms is going to take forever to make…it felt like an eternity this week. A fun, exhausting eternity.

carynorton:

We’ve had a few days in a row of our bees swarming. I’ve been working on a blog about it, but it keeps getting pushed because we keep having swarms. Last night was our first day without one since last Saturday, and a couple of nights we had two. We had 7 swarms* from 3 hives in 5 days, and now have a total of 7 hives, at least for the moment.

*A couple of these were re-swarms after we caught them

Here’s a little preview image of Steph & Jill after our second day of swarm catching (we had to re-catch the one from the previous day, and then, while we were there, another hive swarmed, so we had to get that one too). 

More to come, for sure!

carynorton:

Status update. Re-re-inverted the bottom, added room on two, fed all.

carynorton:

Status update. Re-re-inverted the bottom, added room on two, fed all.

carynorton:

Also did some combo of checker boarding and brood-rooming* today. (*brood-rooming isn’t an actual term. But I mean we just gave the brood area some empty space around it to hopefully dissuade swarming). #wethreebeeks #beekeeping

carynorton:

Also did some combo of checker boarding and brood-rooming* today. (*brood-rooming isn’t an actual term. But I mean we just gave the brood area some empty space around it to hopefully dissuade swarming). #wethreebeeks #beekeeping

supplement to yesterday.

Winslow came out to help us. He also helped us level the hives. 

THEN TODAY…we were working on the house and a bee was inside! THEN we went to a store and there was a pretty flowering tree. We stopped to look at it and saw ANOTHER BEE. THEN WE GOT HOME AND THERE WAS ANOTHER BEE ON SOME OLD FRAME GEAR WE HAD OUT BACK. 

Just saying, we saw a bunch of bees today.

We had a lovely day at the hives today. We got there and watched the bees a while, bummed around chatting, and then our friend Winslow came to give us a hand. 

First thing was to switch out an old hive stand (it was my granddad’s and was just tooooo old). Then we pulled the old beetle traps from the bottom and went in to the hive to see how the ladies are doing. They seem to be doing well, actually. Above you’ll see plenty of brood, and we saw a good amount of nectar and pollen too. 

More info in the captions. 

After having a nightmare about the bees last night, Jill and I checked out the ladies this evening. All seems well for the time being. Saw a hive beetle in one hive. Hoping to take a closer look inside all the hives when it warms up this weekend.

We accidentally trapped some bees in the outer box that covered the top feeder pail…pour some out for our lost ladies. 🌸🐝💀

-S

Watch for some waggle dancing from these ladies!

We finally shipped some of our honey today. Really been weighing on us. Still some to ship, but 10 packages out is 10 less on our dining room table.

We finally shipped some of our honey today. Really been weighing on us. Still some to ship, but 10 packages out is 10 less on our dining room table.