Welcome to the 2018 Beekeeping season. On behalf of the entire crew at Gaiser Bee Co., we want to say thank you for hosting a hive. By hosting a hive, you are increasing the pollination in our community that leads to higher yields in our neighborhood gardens.
We have created this program to not just grow the bee population but to bring awareness through education. Throughout the season we will keep you up to date on your colony and their journey in your personalize blogs below. We will share with you the our inspections and professional opinions on how your colony is doing.
Please feel free to comment, share or come visit us on an inspection day. Thank you again and we hope you enjoy this season.
The Birds and the Bees ...
On April 19th, Cory, Anne, Little Buddy and myself arrived at JJ's Honey Farm in Patterson, Georgia. We were quickly greeted by Jerome's entire team of beekeepers ready to help us load our order of 3 lb. packaged honeybees. There they had an entire crew working hard to make sure that our packaged bees were safety secured for transportation.
Each one of these packages contains 3 pounds of honeybees, 1 queen and a can of syrup. On average, 3 pounds of honeybees is about 10,500 bees. These packages will put off a lot of heat in the travel back to Ohio, so Jerome's team covers the top of the packages with buckets of ice. It helps keep the temperature down so they do not over heat.
We drove straight through the night from Georgia to Ohio and got back into town at 7AM on April 20th. Once we got back home, we secured the packages in a cool dry area before we installed them on April 21st.
INSTALLING PACKAGED BEES
In the video below, you will see that this year we have decided to record the installation process of our 2018 packages to help give a better visual . This process can be done in many different ways but we did the 3 most commonly used methods to help educate you with this step by step tutorial. Please watch the video below to see how
Below are the individual hives that are being hosted by families/groups for the 2018 season. We typically check on hives once or twice a month depending on how they are doing and what the weather is up to. Please follow your personal links below as we do our monthly inspections. We keep the inspections simple and quick so that we do no disturb the bees as much.
When we enter the hives. we have a mission. We either want to see if they need more room, or if there are any issues. If they need more space, we will add a new box so that we can prevent them from swarming, if we are concerned that the queen is dead, we look for eggs.
In your personal inspections you will see what we decided to do when we opened up your hive. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you and enjoy!