A blog originally for keeping track of my hobby of being a Beekeeper which has evolved to include Home Brewing and even more recently to follow me and my families approach to "The Good Life". Eventually I hope to include baking recipes and stories of our flock of chickens also reporting on the success and failure at the allotments.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Moving the Bees

As I've already mentioned in previous posts my Dad has had to give up one of his allotments, which is the one my Bees have been taking residence in. You may also be aware that we have acquired the rights to use another bit of land in our area. The owner of this land has given us the OK to keep Bees on the land so the next problem was getting the Bees there.

The problem with moving Bees is that if you are moving them less than 3 miles away from where they were then they may get confused and when they leave the hive return to where they previously were. I searched the internet and asked a few people and the general consensus was that winter is actually a fairly good time to move the Bees anyway. This is because the Bees aren't flying much at the moment due to cold weather and when the good weather returns (he says optimistically!) the Bees should re-orientate them selves to their new location.

All this week has been snowy and freezing so luckily me and my Dad timed it just right by moving the Bees just before the weather turned. I'd already ordered some straps to put around the hives to make sure they didn't separate in transit and I took some cardboard to block the entrances with tape to hold it in place. When the hives were strapped up it was as simple as putting them in a wheelbarrow then move them to the car to then be taken to the new site. Below are the photos I took during this.


New Allotment
My Dad wheeling a hive to the car

New Allotment
Both hives in the car ready to be moved

New Allotment
A nice big steaming pile of horse manure ready to be dug in to the land!

New Allotment
A nice row of trees planted, will look better when in full blossom covered in Bees!

New Allotment
The hives in their new home

New Allotment
Straps removed, tape off and entrances unblocked

New Allotment
The row of raspberries has grown some what

New Allotment
I took the lid off the hives to see how much fondant they had left

New Allotment
If you look carefully you can just see a little bee flying near the entrance