Time for another phase of our homestead: we are now beeks — beekeepers.
This morning we picked up two nucs (nucleus hives) at the “local” bee supply store in Wilsonville (about an hour away, but pretty much everything is from our place):
The nucs are four-frame ones, half the size of our hive boxes, giving them each four empty frames to expand into before we need to add another box:
Here’s Jenn examining one of the frames. One or two bees there, all happily doing their thing:
After removing the four frames, there were a bunch of bees left in the bottom of the box:
So they got dumped in too:
Jenn in her bee suit (and you can see the new chicken coop in the background, which will give you an idea of where the hives are located):
Bunches of bees:
A frame from the second nuc:
Both hives populated, with sugar water feeders (plus pollen patties inside):
Settle in, girls! I hope you like your new homes.