I tried raising bees two summers ago and after a great start, they all suddenly died that fall. I didn’t know what happened & I was devastated! An experienced beekeeper was kind enough to come and look over the situation, but he couldn’t figure out what happened either. There is a bee population decline around the world as most people know by now, and I think raising bees may be a very important hobby to keep working at.
And so I am trying again….and I am excited! I love bees very much. Not just that they provide honey for us (which of course goes really well with bagels :)) but that their culture is so cohesive, and so hard-working! What an inspiration.
Here is what my new little bee colony kept busy with this month:
After their journey via USPS to my home, the bees left their crate and settled into my topbar beehive so they could be by their queen. She came in her own teeny box with a couple attendents, and I placed her in my hive which drew the surviving crated bees inside.
First, they need to check out their new digs and they like to cover the entrance to their new home with some kind of substance, as they are doing above right.