So, we last had bees in 2009-2010. When our hive failed (died, really it died), we planned to get another hive right away. Well, five years later . . . we got us some bees.
I took the bee class offered by the Northeast Oklahoma Beekeeper Association (NEOBA)--again, and learned all I could. We bought 2 nucs--sort of mini hives which we will build up (actually the bees will do the work) in hopes of having one hive survive until next year.
On May 14, 2015, after receiving the e-mail that our nucs were ready, we drove to the super-secret bee pick-up place in Jenks and bought our new friends from the very helpful Greg and Shelly Hannaford.
Anyway, we loaded up the girls in the back of the Subie Outback. . .
when we got home, we (and by we, I mean Kelly) placed them on the specialized bee moving cart and set them on their new thrones in the back yard.
Not soon after we removed the tape from the hive opening, there was a riot of bees in the air. They all settled down by dark and since it's cloudy and threatening rain, they seem to be sleeping in, with only a few early bees getting out to look around.
I made some 1:1 simple syrup last night and this morning I placed a quart on each of the hives in boardman (sp?) feeders. We are told to feed the bees thus until the comb is drawn out on all of the frames, but not more than a gallon a week.
I've been out three times in my night gown this morning to check on the gals and only stepped in dog poop twice.