Saturday, May 15, 2010

the new hive is installed!

The new hive is installed, and Lord do I hope they stay. There's always a chance your bees will decide the hollow tree across the street or the neighbors' old rusted pickup range would make a better home. Unlike other "livestock" we never really domesticated bees, we just learned how to make them comfortable. I hope mine agree their small home (loaded with feeder pollen) will do. It's good to have a hive back on the land. It's been a long time since the last one got destroyed by a bear, and this one will be surrounded by an electric fence. Wish us luck. We like honey around here.

23 Comments:

Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

Jenna,
What is the BEST way to learn about keeping bees? Is it to read anything and everything on beekeeping? Go talk to someone who keeps bees? Is there a certain book or two you might recommend? I REALLY would love to add bees, but everything I've looked at makes it SEEM so complicated. I'm not stupid, but gosh, I just can't really figure it all out. I did just order Beekeeping for Dummies in hopes that that book might simplify it for me, but any suggestions or recommendations you could offer would be great.

May 15, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

bees are so easy, seriously. All you need is the Dadant beginners kit (around 115 bucks), a hive (which you order around Jan for May), and I'd suggest the book the backyard beekeeper, which is awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/Backyard-Beekeeper-Absolute-Beginners-Keeping/dp/1592531180

May 15, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Rural Revival said...

I have the book, the hive is due to arrive in a few weeks, and I've even attended the local beekeeper meetings but despite all that, boy, does it ever feel overwhelming. I'm really hoping that it is easy and that mine like their home too!

May 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

looks great...we installed our hive a few weeks ago and the bees are settling in very well. i unfortunately got my first sting yesterday, but with 9000 or so bees hanging around, it is bound to happen once in a while! i hope you have a lot of success with your hive

May 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Carol G said...

that is so exciting. I hope the bears stay away this time! Kudos to you for trying again! I might do the same some day. Right now I've just got to find a new house and place to grow roots here in Alaska.

May 15, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger David Shearer said...

Some of my best memories at college are of tending bee hives. Beekeeping is just such a gentle and satisfying way to spend time!

May 15, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Good luck. I am hoping to start a hive next year. Luckily I know a few beekeepers that can help show me what to do.

Pam

May 15, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I think we were at Betterbee the same morning--this is my first hive and I got the bees (most anyway) in the hive ok, got my fingers crossed that all goes well.

May 15, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Fallen Oak said...

One small step for Jenna; one giant leap for mandkind.

May 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

cindy, i was there around 11 with Gibson in the GIANT line, next time you run into me say hi!

May 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger MistySeptember said...

Best of luck!! Looks like things are moving forward! Congratulations!

However, speaking from experience electric fence will not stop a black bear. My husband has watched them climb over high tensile dear fencing. They go right through our high tensile cow fencing. Around here they use electrified 8-10 foot chain link or a woven mesh, with 4 foot concrete footers

May 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

Here's hoping your queen and her girls like their new home... We have several hives and have had 4 calls in the last week for us to come get swarms. Free bees!!

May 15, 2010 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger Leiflet said...

(Insert Darth Vader breathing noise here)

May 16, 2010 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Sure hope the electric fence works. Do you even have bears in your area? Do you still have your gun? Please tell me you still have your gun. Will it stop a bear? I hate to think of you all alone out there, and now you've baited your farm!

You should probably have a side piece...oh crap! Now I'm going to worry...

May 16, 2010 at 2:38 AM  
Blogger Sense of Home said...

I will be interested in how it turns out.

I love honey, but am more likely to run away waving my arms when around bees then raise them. Your braver than I.

May 16, 2010 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Je Pense said...

Congratulations!
What is the stone figurine weighing down the top of the hive?

May 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love love love bees. Way to go Jenna!

May 16, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Brambly Thicket said...

From a fellow beekeeper: Congrats and good luck!

May 16, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

You may be lucky with the season so far along that the bears are probably finding natural food. I would expect the deer are dropping fawns which are a favorite with the bears. 99% of the time, Eastern Black Bears won't tangle with humans. Of course if you do have problem, bear makes great teriyaki.

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Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I'm with Paula--you DO still have a firearm, right? And no, a .22 doesn't count unless you're a crack shot. Think Ruger Mini 14, .223 caliber, a functional, accurate if ugly weapon. Or maybe a Winchester .45 colt lever-action--they're kinda cute & have decent knock-down power at short/medium range.

May 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

SWEET! I remember when the bear came and destroyed your hive. I had nightmares for a couple of nights about things with big scratch marks on them.

May 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Kaat at MamaStories said...

I installed our first package two weeks ago and all is going according to plan. I would never have done it without a beekeeping class, though. Just book knowledge would not have gotten me to the point of going ahead with it myself.
I love the Backyard Beekeeper too!
Good luck, happy beeeeekeeeeping.

May 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

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