The Ladies Are Home…

On Sunday I got my bees. Or I should say, Queen Adelaide and her girls arrived and are settled into their new home. I named her Adelaide because it means “of royal descent”. I have been reading about it and prepping for the past couple of years so I was super excited Sunday morning and so were the kids. Clint was a bit apprehensive….especially the getting home with a box full of bees. I tried to reassure him but as it turned out the truck delivering out bees had a swarm land on it overnight so our nuc box had some free riders. I wedged it in the front passenger seat with me and told Clint to head for home. The side facing him only had a couple free-riding bees….I didn’t tell him the side he couldn’t see had more like 35…. We rolled the windows down and made the 7 minute drive home. We set our nuc on the hive so the bees could start to orientate themselves and made up their spring feeding syrup. After we ate lunch, Leighton, Caedmon, and myself suited up in our bee suits to put the frames with bees in the hive. We had done a couple of dry runs a few days before to practice and so the kids felt more comfortable. We also watched a couple of education videos on how to install a nuc. Clint put the last bee suit on so that he could take photos and I asked the other 3 to play on the playground. Paxton and Coppelia did just that but Edric being Edric was too curious to stay away and had no fear of the bees and was all over the place outside the bee garden trying to see everything. I’ve told him that he’ll be my helper next week during our first inspection. Our practicing paid off, Leighton was really good at lifting the frame out on his side and Caedmon was our tool holder and would do whatever needed to be done. We didn’t find Queen Adelaide but we sure saw a ton of bees. And we actually saw two baby bees emerging from cells which was really cool. Caedmon kept laughing (as an 8 year old boy would) at the guard bees with their tails in the air fanning their bee scents to let the others know where the hive was. He thought that was the funniest thing. Afterwards Leighton said “that was the coolest thing ever” and Edric kept running over to check the hive. So it was a good day. We’ve got a lot to learn but let the adventure begin.