Gone baby gone  

Posted by Smoke in ,

Ah, Beekeeping. Relaxing, therapeutic, not to mention the money you can make.

Only, you need bees. So on Saturday we got more equipment, hives, stands,etc. The catchers we put up produced no bees as the swarm we targeted upped and left. Not surprising as it is the worst month for beekeeping. So we place some catcher hives on the shed roof, and placed one hive next to the yard. But Monday was a whole different story.
At about nine o'clock we were greeted by this..


BEES AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE HIVE OUTSIDE THE YARD.


Unfortunately, the camera I used couldn't capture what the eye was seeing. Because the hives was standing outside, seven of them, bees came streaming in. And it seemed like about five hives were being occupied. I was super stoked, and didn't want to go back to work (as I had quickly slipped home to see what was happening). They were all over the place and it looked promising.

I got on the phone and started calling around and organizing some spots to place our soon to be filled hives. Little did I know...
By the time I got home at four, the bees were gone. Only a few remained in one hive and they didn't look very busy. By this morning, there were none.

ONLY A FEW BEES REMAIN

Well, it is just one of those things. But at least we will get there. Till next time, a few more pics.

IF I HAD JOAN'S PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS, I WOULD HAVE SEEN THESE GUYS DIDN'T BRING LUGGAGE

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5 comments

Oh, wowm I didn't know you kept bees. Good luck and I hope your hives will soon be filled with busy colonies. Here in England, we are having the problems with declining bee numbers. I hope you don't get that. Thanks for the interesting post.

June 15, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Argent. Only started recently. There are only a small number of honey producers in SA. My in-laws and I are hoping to get into the market big time. But it is not that easy

June 16, 2010 at 6:50 AM

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Remember the golden rule (one of many that I have as you know:
"If at first you don't succeed, try and try again." Do you put something inside the hives to attract the bees? (I'm thinking in terms of a few drops of OB to warm their weary bones - lol)

June 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Bye en byeboerdery is fassinerend! Daar is byeboere net 'n paar blokke van my. Ek is lief vir heuning en jou blogboodskap het my herinner om die plaaslike soort te probeer. Ek is jammer om te hoor oor jou bye, maar ek is seker hulle sal terugkom. Aanhouer wen!

June 21, 2010 at 11:01 PM

dankie verdant. ja nee, local is leker

July 3, 2010 at 9:31 PM

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