Unlike Jeff, this is only my third year of beekeeping and this is the first year I installed my first package of bees. My first year of beekeeping I bought two Nucs, starting my second year I had one hive left and was able to split it and capture a swarm. I went into the winter of 2014 with 3 strong hives. Unfortunately like many beekeepers I only had one out of three hives alive this spring. I wanted to grow my apiary and package bees were my best option.
The homeowner was selling this beautiful home near Hickory Hills golf course. Removal of the bee colony was a requirement to closing on the house. The bees were in the soffit on the back of the house in full shade and unfortunately way high up in the air.
April is one of the busiest months for the bees and thus, the beekeeper. The bees kick into overdrive and the populations explode. Some hives are already drawing new wax and increasing brood production. Some aren’t. They don’t all act the same way or work on the same time table.They are bringing in pollen and will soon start to ignore the pollen patty. Shrubs and flowers are blooming and the bees are bringing in tons of nectar.
This was a unique rescue for us with two colonies in two different walls of a small side house / shed. These bees had been in the walls of this shed for a long time and its interesting how each colony decides which way to draw their combs. Check out our galley below...