The beekeeping journey begins.
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I have a bee in my bonnet. Well, actually a couple thousand if you’re counting. Almost two weeks ago we took a short road trip to visit Don, the Fat Bee Man, and to pick up our bees. And so the beekeeping journey begins.
Don, the Fat Bee Man, showed us around his bee yard, containing some 400 hives of every color. He runs Dixie Bee Supply, in Lula, Ga. and can be found all over the internet, especially on YouTube, sharing his expertise. Check him out.
Don opened several hives and shared bits and pieces of information first hand with us. It’s amazing how much you can learn in such short period of time my seeing it in person. Don is a wealth of knowledge, having been around bees since a young boy. The bees he tends are italian/russian hybrids, known for their more docile behavior, but they’re productive too.
We were there to pick up two nucs, which are basically a new mini-hive that are somewhat established. He transferred the nucs into our larger hive boxes. Don showed us the queens in each hive, who we named Gabriella and Svetlana.
They made it to their new home alive, and are now settled in working hard.
For the time being we feed and watch. In addition to some of their own honey, they eat sugar water we provide in feeders, a simple combination of equal parts water and sugar. I’ve found myself mesmerized with the comings and goings so far of our new little friends. They are busy at work finding pollen and keeping the hive well. Hopefully we’ll be adding another box in the next little while. I’ll be sure to share more pictures as we follow their progress.
While I’d like to think we’ll have some honey this year, my hopes are mainly to help them maintain healthy, happy hives. Maybe I’ll sing to them? Or not.
Hope you’re enjoying this wonderful spring!
SO cool and I like the style of the hives too. I was going to do some beekeeping about 15 years ago and I still think about it.
How exciting! It would be so awesome to be able to get fresh honey right from your own backyard. I look forward to seeing how things progress with the bees!
Awwww, what cure little, sweet bees! Congratulations on your new little bundle of bees. You’ll BEE a fabulous BEE mama, I just know it!
omg this is amazing!
Honey bees are near and dear to my heart. My grandparents, the propreitors of the “old” Friends Drift Inn, kept dozens of hives in the orchards. I am always amazed by the differences in honey…different blossoms produce varied flavors. Two of my favorite beekeepers, Abigail Keam and Tammy Horn are both guest posting this week on my blog. Abigail’s Honey Pear Salad was on Monday. Tammy has a honey chocolate pie coming up later this week. Have fun with your bees….I am so envious!
Amy, this is so incredibly cool! I can’t wait to hear more about how it all goes. You pick some great names out for your queens as well. Congrats on your addition to the family!
This is so cool! I can’t wait to read the updates on your hive. I’d love to do this someday 🙂
This is so cool, Amy. I can’t wait to watch the progression of your new hobby.
Wow, how exciting! I can’t wait to see how things progress. Um, as a sidenote, I’m so totally jealous-wish we had a space to do this.
Welcome to the beekeeping world! My husband and I have 2 hives … 1 established, and 1 new as of last week. We’ll be robbing the established hive next weekend, and I’ll put pictures up on my blog soon. You’ll so enjoy having your own honey supply!
Wow… So exciting! Can’t wait to live vicariously through your blog posts about your bee keeping experience!
How great that you are starting bee hives! I find them fascinating and I appreciate all they contribute to our food production, plus I love honey!
The names you chose for the queens are definitely regal. Look forward to hearing more about how it is going.
How cool! We are actually starting beekeeping also 🙂 We just got our hive started this week. I will be interested to follow along with yours and see how it goes. Good luck with the bee keeping!
I’ve heard before that bees love music. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’d like to think they’d love it if you sang to them and played guitar. I’m so excited for you. I could never keep bees because I’m allergic, but I sure would buy the heck out of your honey!
Just posted pictures of our last week’s bee robbing … thought you might be interested in checking them out!
I love hearing that you are taking up beekeeping because it is so important to the entire ecosystem. It’s amazing the effect a tiny insect can have. Thanks for keeping the beekeeping tradition alive and I hope you are able to enjoy some tasty rewards 🙂