It has been such a long road for these amazing creatures. They traveled here all the way from Georgia. Their arrival had been delayed for about a month due to low supply, but Dan met up with other beekeepers in Hudson, NH on Saturday to pick up our new friends.
I can't even describe the sound of this bee box in the picture. The humming buzz of thousands of bees in unison was truly incredible.
Such an amazing day. The swarm has died down and it seems the bees have started to get down to business within the hive. They begin with pushing out the dead bees and acclimating themselves to their surroundings. We will introduce the queen; who has been kept in a separate compartment from the rest of the bees, in a few days. If you introduce her too soon, they will kill her (Gasp). It will be about a year until we can harvest honey for ourselves. The bees will use the honey to eat until then.
I'm so excited to be sharing this adventure as a family. And sharing it with friends and students is an added bonus! Check back often as I share with you our journey with the bees!