Breaking ground at the honey bee site

in The Pollen Flow2 months ago

With my packages of bees only a month or two away from being ready for pickup. I am working on their location where the hives and feeders will be. Their location is on a hill in a forested area, so building a level foundation is a little harder than it would be otherwise. But with some digging, a level and patience I can get there.

There are two areas I am building out, one is a sugar water feeding area and about 70' away is another area for just the bee hives. The 2x4 in the picture is just used for leveling, planning on getting bigger posts to lay the feeders and bee hives on.

I started off by measuring the width of my bee hives, since they will be sitting on 4x4 posts I needed to see how long I needed them.

The length of the bee hives were measured as well, so I could plan on the spacing of the cinder blocks that support them. I went with a 15" spacing for them to rest on.

Heading over to the hardware store, I looked at their bricks. Using them will hold up the 4x4 posts laid horizontally. Going to use non-pressure treated lumber.

I bought 16 of them, weighing in at 33 pounds each. I hauled about 528 pounds of them back to the bee hive site. My truck was sagging a little bit during the drive.. haha

Carrying down the bricks two at a time was quite the work out, but it was all downhill which was nice. Had to be careful not to slip on the leaves all over the forest on the downhill parts.

Digging a standing area by the feeders, so I can have level footing when working on them. I cannot do that for the whole area but I can for the areas Ill be standing by when refilling them.

There were many roots and little plants I had to pull up, since this area is a forest it is completely filled with life on the soil and underneath it.

I dug down to find level soil and then worked the area until it was mostly level using one of my tools to measure.

Putting the first cinderblock about half way into the ground helps give it stability. I plan on stacking these blocks two high so the hives and feeders sit up higher. Makes it easier for me to work on.

Adding dirt back in around the cinderblocks helps to hold them in place. When I add the 4x4s and the bee gear it should help hold them in place well.

Over the course of two days I got the sugar water feeder site all prepped. Just need the 4x4s now and then add the feeders when the bees arrive. I may need to redo the bee hive site, I think I did not bury the first cinder blocks deep enough. And when looking at the two sites one is more shallow than the other. So I think I may redo the one site, dig a little deeper and then level and put the blocks back in.

After the site is all set up, I need to melt down some beeswax and cover the trays and foundations inside the bee hives. This will help encourage them to start building on the trays in the hive. Not sure if I need to do that days before the bees arrive. Or if I can do that right now, a few months before they arrive.

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This is really a hard job to do,😀 But the result is sweet 😋🙏

Hah the fruits of my labor should be good if I pull it off.

ye sure that will be 😀🙏

Can't wait to see the bees :)
How many bee hives you are gonna have?

Hah yeah Im getting excited.

Two hives to start with, and may expand if they start to swarm.

I remember catching the swarms (not me) and keeping them in a box for a while with the queen. I would put some honey on my finger and they would lick it off though the net. Quite a tickly sensation.

Ah nice, I am curious how I will be working with the queen. I will be getting a box of bees in a month or two and no idea how the queen is handled. I'm guessing it's in a little box with a sugar plug and once its eaten through the queen can escape into the hive.

Hehe I bet that feels kinda weird. I've never had an insect lick honey from my finger.

little box with a sugar plug

That's how we were doing it :)
It is needed if the queen is from a different hive. Before she and the bees from the other side eat the paste she will catch the common smell. Otherwise the bees could just kill her if she smells different.

Try it :)