Preparing for new bees. That is actually what you are supposed to do if you want to have bees. If you haven’t seen or heard about our first attempt you need to go here to see all about it. Let’s just say it didn’t go as well as we thought it would. Why didn’t it go well? We didn’t do our homework. This time is different. This time we decided it would be a good idea to take some classes and be prepared.
Every year Beemis Bee farm of Arkansas puts on Bee Day with all kinds of educational workshops and events. Bee Day is the time when you also get to pick up your Bees if you are purchasing either a package of Bees or a Nuc.
A package of Bees is just a queen that comes in a little box with a bunch of Bees with no comb. A Nuc is a box of bees with frames of comb with brood and honey already drawn out. This year we are getting a starter hive (a Nuc) of Russian Bees and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go and learn as much as we could. Kim and I attended the following workshops:
- Intro to Beekeeping
- Feeding your Bees
- Installing a package of Bees
- Installing a Nuc of Bees
- Inspecting your hive
The day was a blast and we learned so much. We made a short video that explains some of the things we learned from Bee Day.