It's always a Big relief knowing that your bees have made it through the winter. Also a sense of accomplishment in helping them make it.
We've been homeschooling for twenty years now. My oldest three kids have all gone and made it through college. These three kids all took part in beekeeping when we lived in WI. It created a memory for life.
Our three kids(ages 16,13 and 9) are still at home and looking forward to their chance at beekeeping. Its very educational for kids, in seeing how bees are so organized in every thing they do.
Our package bees will be here on April 12, less than one month away.
I'm so looking forward to having bees again. Also for the great benefit of pollination of our fruit trees, berries and also pollination of my ginseng plants.
Congrats on your bees coming through winter in good condition.
Thanks Classicfur sure is a relief. Thinking about Home schooling my little guy took me over 20 years to unprogram myself from pubic school teachings!!! (Another topic).. Watched the bee's today for over 1hr they were bring in lots of pollen today high 60's. Some of the bee's had fire red pollen on there hind legs, not sure from what but will have to look that up. I could just watch them for hrs.
Our bees have done pretty good over the winter, unfortunately so have the hive beetles. My wife has made some traps and ordered some more. I'll be home from Aghanistan in a few weeks to see for myself. In the Spring & summer we sit on a bench by he hives and watch them bringing in pollen, checking the colors and such. We call it BEE TV!!
That is cool to have a bench set up next to your hives. The wife and I have spent countless hours standing and watching the bees. I never thought of setting a bench close to the hives. Great Idea! Then we can watch BEE TV!
I installed bees in two hives on 4/13 almost two weeks ago. One hive is really drawing the comb. They are working 8 frames in the first box so I added a second box. I've never seen a hive need a second box in less than two weeks.
Maya. Great pic of the Mason bee. What are the straw tubes made out of? Interesting breed of bee!