I don't know much about beekeeping, but have learned so much from watching my husband these past weeks.
He is a dedicated, careful beekeeper who is taking pride in his hives.
He built these beehive condos from scratch following a pattern he researched online. He has been teaching our children (and their friends) all about the inner workings of beehives and the honey-making process. It is fascinating!
Here he is placing the wooden bars in the hive. This is where the honeycombs will hang down.
Here is the bee box full of 10.000 + bees that Micah picked up from the bee seller:
The Queen bee in her little cage.
Here he is dumping the swarm into their new home. The Queen will stay in her little cage until she eats her way out. Micah stopped up the exit with a marshmallow.
This is on Day 8. Micah went to go check on the bees and found that they had made combs.
This is Day 11. The bees have been busily making many combs in the hive. Jonah and his friend were excited to see so many bees!
**Several years ago I purchased a children's book called The Bee Man which talks all about the process of harvesting honey from bees. We've been reading it to our kids all this time as a favorite bedtime story, but I never thought we'd have a Bee Man of our very own!