Dad raised bees when he was younger and is having a great time with Vet2Be!
You can see the box on top of the hive that has 3 lbs of bees in it.
Vet2Be is pulling a can out of the top of the box. The can is filled with sugar water to feed the bees while they are waiting for their new home. The same stuff that is in the jar at the bottom of the hive. The sugar water is 2 cups white sugar dissolved in 2 cups water. The jar is currently re-filled every day.
You can see the bees on the bottom still.
They stick their tongues in the holes to drink out the liquid.
place to go when they shake them into their new home.
There is 'bee candy' in one hole.
We were told to replace the bee candy with a marshmallow.
The bees will chew through the marshmallow and by the time they are done, they will have accepted the new queen.
You can also take a look at BeeMaster's website, there is lots of great information there, too.
Our beehive is not in an ideal location. Bees should be in a sunny or partly sunny location. We have it on the north side of the barn under the overhang. There are a few reasons for this:
1) We don't want the kid goats jumping all over the hive.
2) We want visitors to see the bees, but we want the bees behind a fence so visitors can't get too close to the hive, especially little children.
We may end up moving it if we can think of a better spot. Unfortunately they will have to be moved very slowly, 6 inches at a time, or the bees can't find their way home. The other way of moving the hive is to move it more than 1 mile away--then they come out and realize they need to reorient the hive location.
Our family is involved in Utah County Beekeepers Association. The people have been fantastic and very helpful. Even if you are located in another state, you may find helpful information on their site.
Homeschool Share has a free lapbook to help you learn more about bees, too! You can find it here.
If you want to read a fun book about bees called, "The Bee People" you can find it at this link. It is a fun read if you want to learn about bees.
Backwoods Home Magazine has an article called Beekeeping Basics by Charles A. Sanders. If you want to learn the basics, this article is a great beginning.