Last week Sean moved the bees from their temporary box that they came in, into their new hive. We still have a great record of no stings as of yet! Woohoo!First he removes the lid from the temporary box...
This is the entrance the bees use to come in and out of that box. There are guard bees that stand watch, checking to see who is coming and going and protecting the hive.
A smoker is used to calm and disorient the bees.
Sean has this nifty, handy-dandy tool for removing the frames. I'm sure it has a professional bee-keeping name of which I have yet to learn.
Then he gently carries one frame over to the new hive, saying prayers under his breath, I'm sure and asking me again if his head net is covering the back of his neck.
Into the new hive they go. We also put in some homemade bee food, a simple syrup to help get them started. Hopefully this fall we'll have fresh raw honey!