The spring rush is on. The new packages of bees should be arriving in less than a month and I still have a lot of building to do to get ready for them. This last weekend I got a chance to go through and clean up the hives that had died over winter and check on the ones that had made it. One of them needed some food, but they are both looking great and really strong for this early in Spring!
I also got a chance to build some hive stands on Friday and Saturday. Its good to get the hives a foot or more off the ground because it helps with ventilation, moisture control, and protects the bees from skunks. I haven't used these hive stands before but I think they will give us happier and healthier bees this summer. The stands are made from recycled cedar deck boards, which we were able to give new life. After cutting around the rotten parts, we got a lot of great wood!
Each stand will hold two hives 16" off the ground. We had beautiful weather in Wisconsin this past week so I was happy for the chance to do some building right outside on the driveway.
One of my favorite parts of beekeeping is the opportunity to build and test out new ideas. This was especially rewarding because we were able to re-purpose something that was going to be thrown away into something useful and really cool looking!
Bees communicate through a complex system of pheromones and dances. Dances vary in speed and style and can let one bee communicate the exact location of a nectar source several miles away. This blog is our way to communicate with you about the latest things going on at Golden Hills.