Some Bee Time, and The Sreening Starts....
The Birdchick came today, as promised to check on the Bees, always fun. (She was remarkably un-jet lagged for some one just back from Kaz-ek-stan. I was impressed) There isnt a lot to do this early in the game. Just make sure they have feeder buckets, and that the Queens are doing the Queen thing, and if they are filling up their brood box, to add another one.
The Birdchick will no doubt have pictures in great detail of the bees themselves, as she has that sort of camera, so check her blog out later tonight or tomorrow. In short, two of the hives were ready for a new box. Two are taking things a little easier. In fact, the yellow hive is kind of a slacker hive so far. Always one stoner in the bunch.
I wasn't quite brave enough to go bee-suit-less but I did ditch the gloves. They really do feel like velvet. I had a couple of Bee Moments, and had to stop and breathe, but mostly I concentrated on not being aware, no fear, nothing but what I was doing. Worked just fine. Of course, the bees are pretty mellow at this stage of the game, and aren't really interested in much except building the hive up. We did get bonked a few times (Bee talk for "Get the heck away from us or we will sting you") but we had the smoker and they calmed down.
Boss even got into the non-gloved approach. We tried to get them to drink honey from our fingers, but they weren't playing today.
Cabal the Bee Dog has Beekeeping down to an art form. Here he is inside the enclosure. Notice the distinct lack of bee hives near where he has decided to lounge. Smart dog.
Here's the start of the screened porch. That's Magic's window on the right. He will go in and out thru that. It isn't a huge porch, but I will make it fun for him.
And here is Venus and Mim's porch. A bit bigger and they will have a door to go in and out. The palm tree will have to move. (Ah, the trouble I go thru.) I had been hoping Hans would get it all done today, but apparently, it takes more than one day for one man to screen a porch. I don't know much about such things, but I do know...
It's going to rock.
Love, Bees and Bengal Proof Screens,