Bee-Day is the Best Day – Warre and KTBH Installs Complete! Also, Name the Queen!

9 May

On Tuesday, I zipped over to Stonewall Apiary in CT to pick up my newest lady-friends.  His set-up is super enviable…chickens, bees, little dogs, clothes on the clothes line, land all around, cute little stone walls…Dreamtown, USA.

The girls were ready to go and seat-belted into the car in short order and we were off!  Back over state-lines to settle them in.

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^^^Bees in car! ^^^ Stewart said, “The seatbelt is probably not necessary….” but I believe in safety first.  Also, I’m not the most attentive driver.  It just seemed like it was in everyone’s best interest.

First stop was to Scratch Farm where my KTBH is.  It’s SO gorgeous out there, and I’m so excited for a weekly trip to visit the girls.  I haven’t really found any definitively good way to feed in a KTBH and I want to do some research before I commit to more woodenware…so I decided to try something out…I’m not sure if it was a good idea, I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

I laid paper in the bottom of the hive, put a pollen patty on it…and then put down a layer of dry sugar…which I then sprayed with water…not a lot, but enough to make sort of a paste.  I’m feeling worried about that as an idea now, but the damage…if it was a bad idea is done.

I also tied a piece of comb from another hive onto a bar, just so it would be homey smelling…and put some LGO on another bar.

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Now that I’m writing about this, I’m feeling nervous.

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There she is all set up.  This queen is nameless-  for now I’m calling it Scratch Hive – which is where it is.  I’m willing to accept name suggestions for this lady.  Feel free to post comments…if no one steps up, I’ll let my students name her.  No one really wants that to happen.

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My other install went easy as pie, the warre I’m a little more used to.  And my beekeeping-apprentice (aka, the willing homeowner) got her first taste of what being a beekeeper is like.  Mostly, she just watched- which for day 1 at the hive, is a good thing to do!  She named the queen in her hive JuJu Bee- pun wildly intended – but in her defense, JuJu Bee is her favorite drag queen and was at her bachelorette party.  I think it’s a pretty fun name.

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2 Responses to “Bee-Day is the Best Day – Warre and KTBH Installs Complete! Also, Name the Queen!”

  1. Norma May 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post… And the photos. I have both Warre and KTBH’s also.
    Must admit, some of your ideas about your KTBH were concerning. May I suggest you read “Top-Bar Beekeeping” by Crowder and Harrell. This soft cover book is a well written ode to basic organic practices in beekeeping that have served me well; might give you some food for thought too. In my experience, anything by Michael Bush is golden as he really did write THE book of bees!
    In addition to being more natural for the bees, organic is also a lot less trouble and a much less expensive approach to us as hobbyists.
    Please keep the posts and photos coming, I’ve enjoyed them all.
    Norma Bell
    Bethesda, MD
    Call Concord, MA home

    • Kelly G. May 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

      Hey Norma, thanks, as always, for commenting. Were you referring to feeding the bees sugar when you were talking about doing things organically or was there something else? I find that everyone has differing opinions on that part!

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