I officially did it, I’m a beekeeper. Installed my very first nuk in the hive and now ready for the honey🍯. It was a little chilly, about 58 degrees but the sun was shining. I had the suit and everything on. The funny part was when a bee decided to pay me a visit in my suit. 😣 I was panicking to get him out but also to keep my cool so the bee won’t sting me. He was not mad, he just wanted out of my suit. Haha😄. I let them cool off so they could go a into the hive and work with there new comb. Later that day, I gave them sugar water, and one bastard decided to sting me on my neck. I have never gotten sting before by a bee and I was trying to be cautious not to upset them, but that did not happen. I did not swell, thank goodness but for those who have not been sting, make sure to get the stinger out🐝. Yes they leave there pointy butts in you so you should get them out so the pain is not worse. The pain only came in pulses and every 2 or less minutes. The pulsing pain lasted for me, probably 5 hours. But anyway next time I’m going to try the beekeeping without gloves and make sure I fully secure my suit.😅
Can you locate the queen bee. I had issue finding her but I’ll give you a hint. Look for a bee with a yellow dot on her backside.
Me trying to work these damn gloves. Next time, bare hands. ✋✋
Me helping the bastards out. 😠
little bee. He only wanted to serve his queen. 😢
I just got my confirmation email saying my bees are going to be here may 9th and I’m so excited. On the other hand. When I was away, put together my Landing Board, here it is:
This goes on the bottom of the entrance where the bees come in and out. Like I said in my earlier posts, this board is to help the bees do better landing and taking off, it’s like a runway for bees. If you don’t have this landing board, and trust my word, I have seen it happen to my dads bees, is they keep hitting themselfs or they try to climb up on the hive then fly away. Alot of work for the bees means less honey for you.
I also primered my bee hive so that the hive will last longer (see photo below) and painted them. You probably thinking, what color did you go with…
Well, WHITE! I thought going with white would help the bees cool off better during summer. If I went with a darker color, I could have overheated the bees.
Well anyways, that’s what I have been up to. I am waiting patiently for the past month to know anxiously when my bees will arrive and can’t wait to put them in my hive.
This is my journal to you to better understand your friendly neighborhood beekeeper. I hope you enjoyed my journal entry. Stay tuned for future updates on what MrBeeHaven is up to.
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I was getting worried that my package would not arrive but it seems to arrive a day late. Oh well, these things happen. When I opened the box, laying on top with my invoice I see a package not knowing what this was because it does not seem like setting I bought but I pick it up and it’s a free package of Rapini Seeds (See attached photo below) to help my new colonies produce faster. How nice is that!
I also got in the Landing Board which is what says it is, the bees land on it. Last summer my dad did not have the landing board and it seemed the bees had a hard time landing and taking off. We would see them crawl up the side of the hive to fly off. This prevents this from happening by giving them more room to land and take off. The queen excluder, which prevents the queen from having access to the upper super or supers. It is a metal wiring cage that is big enough for bees to go through but to small for the queen bee to fit though. This prevents the queen from making eggs in our honey. I also got a Vertical Slatted Rack for this coming winter. Why do I need this? Because this winter my dads bees died because they produce too much heat which also produced condensation which turned to ice witch froze the bees. We’re hoping this next winter having this vertical slatted rack will help them ventilate better. And last but not least, a roof to prevent rain from flooding the hive.
Thank you all who read my Journal and any feedback or questions would be appreciated. See you next time.
Well hello, welcome to my very first journal post. I wanted to make this journal for everyone’s learning experience. I myself so I can keep record of what I have done and how to fix it next year with my colony. Well here it is, my journal. Enjoy!
Well, I just bought my very first colony and I can’t wait until Nuk Day. Nuk Day is a day in April or May, depending on when you bought the colony. I got mine in March and waiting for a response to when to pick them up. What I paid for the Nuk is not cheap, it will cost you. I had to pay $175.00 plus $6.00 to get my queen marked. There are other paid options but I only need to know who’s the queen bee is in the colony. I also had to pay for the equipment as well which cost me $68.01. I know the equipment seems cheap but that’s because I watched from my dad’s colony and he can spare some of his equipment.I hope in the next journal, I can show you some photos of the equipment that will arrive Thursday or Friday. Best seeing you then. -MrBeeHaven