Wonderful news, we have docile bees! We could have worked our bees without a suit. Gentile well behaved bees is a 180 degree change from our summer with Africanized killer crazy bees. If this is what beekeeping is like, we’ll keep doing it!
Andrew and I gave a big sigh of relief when we opened our third and last hive this afternoon and the bees didn’t come swarming out stinging everything that moves. All three of our hives were docile, have laying queens, open and capped brood and honey! Our strategy to get ride of the killer Africanized bees worked and re-queening was the key!
We were offered replacement queens for free, but we didn’t want to chance them being hot again. So we ordered our bees from Wolf Creek Apiaries in Tennessee. They use organic management with their bees and allow the wild feral stock of drones to breed their queens. The bees are a mix of Russian, Italian and Carniolan genetics. All I know is that their queens are doing great in our hives and have a fabulous temperament! The folks at Wold Creek Apiaries were a pleasure to work. Next time we need bees or queens, we’re going with them.
You gotta see this picture below… it’s beautiful. We have open brood (baby bees) and capped brood in all three hives!
It’s a beautiful thing. The below picture is comb full of HONEY! 🙂
Look at all the baby bee larva!!! That’s a great sign that we have a laying queen!!! The hives accepted our new queens, hip hip hooray!!!!!!! We’re dancing over here.