First let me say that I have been keeping bees for some 30 years. I started in 1977 in my backyard somewhere in Connecticut. I had expressed interest in the “hobby” to my uncle who already had two colonies in his back yard. At the time I was 16 years old. I purchased assembled, and painted my wooden hive, 2 deep hive bodies with wooden frames, foundation, bottom board, inner and outer covers, and set it up in my back yard.
A few days later my uncle arrived with a package of bees (Starlines). He gave the box of bees to me and said “shake them into the hive”, and left!
Thus started my fascination with the affairs of the colony.
It is amazing how beekeeping has changed. African Bees, Trachea Mites, Varroa Mites, Hive beetles, Bee Viruses ?, Now Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) ! Where will it all end?
A package of 4000 bees
Hopefully with Honey!
This blog will be the place where I document my attempts to raise / breed queens (and thus their resulting offspring). My hope is this will be an ongoing dialogue between people who love this thing called beekeeping. An exchange of Ideas, an exchange of techniques.
It is March here on Cape Cod. The crocus are just starting to pop out of the ground. The bees are just starting to emerge from there cold dark winter cluster. And the hope of honey, of things warm and sweet, of success and abundance, is in the air…
I am excited!