{Honey, Honey}

Friday, May 10, 2013



Earlier this week we started to get our hive ready for our nuc.


After inserting wax foundations into the frames we used support pins to help strengthen them.
One full medium frame can weight up to 9 lbs when filled with honey {that's 90 lbs of honey per box!}



Then we found a partially sunny spot under a tree in our backyard to set up our hive base to face East.
We also used three cinder blocks we found on the side of the road to help make a level foundation.



Once our hive was assembled we waited for Paul to deliver our bees.
He came over around 10pm Monday and let them adjust to their new location overnight.



The next morning we used a smoker to calm the bees so we could transfer our nuc.



After opening the hive we could see our honeybees were happy & healthy!



Once all of our nuc frames were transferred into the new hive we left the old one open so the remaining stragglers could get out.



It wasn't long before they started searching for the queen and decided to move into their new digs.
By next week our bottom box should be full of honey so we'll have to add another medium super on top. This begins the game of adding boxes, extracting honey, adding boxes, extracting honey.


Thankfully all of our bees are local so they should thrive in KY's unpredictable weather.
I think they'll be happy living here at the Harvest House!
In honor of our new 40,000 honey making friends I'm going to go listen to this while I make these.
Happy Friday, brave ones. You made it.

18 comments:

Sarah @ To Be Mrs. Collier said...

Bee keeping is such a fascinating topic! I can't wait to see your progress over the coming weeks!
Cheers!

lindsey warren said...

love this! my grandfather keeps bees & sells their honey, & he just moved a whole bunch into my parents' backyard! can't wait til we have our own :)

also, might i suggest mat kearney's 'she got the honey,' lady a's 'american honey,' & joseph arthur's 'honey & the moon' to add to your baking playlist today? <3

thanks for inspiring!

Erin said...

SO impressed. I am absolutely terrified of bees.

Anonymous said...

Just was at a friend of mine who also just started to keep bees - he is looking forward to his first honey - like you!
Great photos!
Katharina

Jade said...

I instantly thought of an ABBA song. You make bee keeping simpler than I thought it would be, very interesting! Also, I love their bright blue home!

Kate Leichhardt said...

YAY BEES!!! Can't wait to hear the BUZZ about this new adventure (couldn't resist)

Jordan Baker said...

Who's beautiful belly is in the first photo? Did I miss something??

Daliene said...

Pretty Bee Box!

Roxanne said...

How cool is this!! You guys will have a blast. XO

Anonymous said...

I was wondering about that belly too!

Molly Roberson said...

We have the coolest bees. So thankful to have a best that loves the same hobbies as me. #blessed

Eugene Lim said...

Another great pick is "Honey Bee" by Zee Avi! Hope you guys get lots of sweet, pure honey soon! (:

Anonymous said...

That is so cool! You are making me seriously consider getting some for my back yard! Jill

Jen said...

Very cool! What resources, books and/or online, have you used to help with your beekeeping adventure? Do you worry about your pups getting too close, or do you have the bees fenced off?

Timothy Loerke said...

Jen, we have a few resources on hand...most of which are friends that have done this before and connections to experts. Other than that, we have a few books. I'm reading The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush. It's pretty down to earth and non-traditional. More about natural beekeeping...less interaction with the bees and allowing them to care for themselves. There is a Field Day that I plan to attend at Walter T. Kelley's farm in June that is slated to cover all things bees. There is also a local club for beekeepers that we might check out. Our pups have learned to keep their distance after being stung once or twice...their own behavioral reinforcement. Otherwise, we're one big happy family. It's a fun time at the Harvest House now with spring in full effect...bees are active, garden is sprouting, dogs are happy, and Molly's baby will be a coming!

Jen said...

Thanks for the info Tim!

Hannah. said...

Yay yay yay! This is so exciting. Love that blue hive.

Emily J. Stivers - Oh Happy Roar said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know how much I loved this post! I mentioned it on my blog here, http://www.ohhappyroar.com/2013/05/smorgasbord-saturday-05052013-to.html

Hope you have a wonderful day! :-)

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