As you may remember from a previous post, I’ve decided to foray into the world of beekeeping and this past Thursday, April 19, 2012, my bees finally arrived.
Since I am scared of bees and wasn’t sure what my reaction was going to be, many WindsorEats followers on our Facebook fan page said they wanted to see video evidence of my reaction, hoping to see me curl up into the fetal position and cry. Well here is the video, sans sobbing. Although, I have to admit the laugh you keep hearing me do is definitely a nervous one.
Here are some of the things you’ll see in the video below:
- What you’ll see in the video is me emptying my 5lb package of bees into the hive I had built in previous classes. From what I’ve been told, as my hive gets going and grows it can contain anywhere from 40-60,000 bees.
- That little tiny box you see me pulling out of the other wood box which contains the bees? That’s my lady bee friend, the queen.
- The container you see me placing into the hive is syrup (50% water, 50% sugar) to help feed the bees at the beginning stages of the spring season. Since they will be spending a lot of energy turning the hive into their home (honeycombs, etc.), they are needing to be nurtured and fed during this time that normally doesn’t have too much pollen and what not for the bees to feed on. If you look closely in the video you’ll see a couple bees immediately go to the syrup when I place it in the hive.
- And yes. That sound you hear throughout the video is the sound of all the bees buzzing. Crazy.