We started with bees last year, bought a hive from a local beekeeper... wonderful healthy bees, ended up with two hives by the end of the summer and quite a bit of an education ;-) .... anyway, to make a long story short, both hives froze due to our unusually cold winter and like most of the area beekeepers, we were forced to get new bees this spring....
we got a package with a cordovan (golden) queen from Mr. Simpson , down in Danville... and ordered a Buckfast queen from R.Weaver Apiaries in Texas.... unfortunately, our buckfast queen didn't make it. so we've got a queenless hive at the moment....
Marion moved a frame of eggs into it the other day though, and we are hoping they will make themselves a new queen....
all of the children love the bees.... (mom is still a chicken about working with them, but enjoys them nonetheless).... Dave thinks we are all a little "tetched) :-)
John helped our friends , the Blubaughs, get their new packages in the hives a neighbor gave them, and Marion helped them release the queens...
Update : May 27 -
We bought a new buckfast queen, and both hives seem to be doing well.... we'd had quite a bit of drifting though, when the one was queenless...as the hives are a little too close together.... hopefully this rain will stop soon, and they can get back to work pollinating :-)
one nice thing about the rain has been the rainbows.....:-)
God is soooo Good!!!