Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

My husband tells me I cannot go around catching bees one by one and putting them in my hives until I have enough. He sounds wrong, but I guess I’ll believe him.

But they are right there on my bolted broccoli plants for the taking!

I have my beehives assembled and ready to be taken to the orchard soon, but for now, they are sitting in the tractor shed out of the way.

Seen here, I’d had the supers also in the mix, but they won’t be needed for a bit.

Yesterday, I removed the supers and stacked them separately and I made a new friend!

So clearly this means the hives are suitable, since this girl was checking them out, right?

I have been toying with the idea of setting up a nuc box with frames and pheromones to see if I could lure a wild swarm anyways, so I figured we would give it a shot. The nuc box is set up by the garden with frames and sugar water, and we’ll see what comes in between now and next week when the pheromones get here.

Stay tuned!

Added bonus, this is the perfect excuse to let all my winter veggies go to seed. The bees need them!

Either way, I have two packages of bees coming in late April, so if my experiment fails, we will still get bees!

Stay safe and happy spring!


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